Time for UN to act on human rights violations in IIOJK, says TeK UK

President Tehreek-e-Kashmir (TeK) UK Raja Fahim Kayani said on Wednesday that the UN must fulfil its obligations by intervening between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue otherwise, the world body will meet the same fate of League of Nations

The TeK UK's president remarks came while he was addressing a conference to mark the Right to Self-Determination Day for the Kashmiris

The Kashmiri diaspora leaders also urged Pakistan to continue its effort to break the newly imposed status quo on IIOJK by India

Read: PM urges intl community, UN to act against Indian 'war crimes' in IIOJK “The mandate with which the UN was formed was to ensure world peace and if there is any grave threat to world peace, it is due to non-resolution of [the] Kashmir dispute, especially because of non-action by the United Nations,” Kayani told the one-day conference titled 'Why January 5, 1949, was important in the history of Kashmir freedom struggle' in Birmingham

The conference was held to mark January 5 as the Day of Right to Self-determination of Kashmiris as on this day in 1949 the UN passed a resolution which stated, “the question of accession of the State of Jammu & Kashmir to India or Pakistan will be decided through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite

" PHOTO: EXPRESS Lamenting inaction by the world body, Kayani said that the failure of the League of Nations to avert World War II resulted in its death

“It was the failure of the League of Nations to avoid harm to world peace that resulted in the [formation of the] UN and today when three nuclear powers are head-to-head against each other in [Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir] IIOJK, the UN must wake up and save the world from a big disaster which can unfold any time,” Kayani said, referring to India whose nuclear assets are in hands of the RSS-led Hindu fascist regime and thus, posing danger to world peace

The Tek UK president added that the January 05, 1949 resolution was the bedrock of the freedom struggle in IIoJK as 'the resolution supersedes any domestic legal change brought by India'

“The unilateral and illegal actions by Indian fascist regime has no bearing on the UN resolutions rather India is the big violator of international conventions and resolutions on Kashmir,” he said

“But the question is why is [the] UN silent,” Kayani asked

He further urged the international community to halt the ongoing genocide committed by India in the besieged valley

Member Parliament Afzal Khan, shadow minister for justice, told the conference that the IIOJK has turned into the most militarised zone of the world

PHOTO: EXPRESS “There are three nuclear powers in dispute, who have gone to war,” he said referring to the 1962 Sino-Indo conflict and India-Pakistan wars

“In 21st century, this is unacceptable colonial behaviour,” he said regarding India’s occupation of Kashmir

The British lawmaker added that India had brought a radical change in IIOJK since August 5, 2019

“There is the responsibility of the international community to be the voice of the oppressed people

Sadly, due to geopolitics and weakness in the current UN set up, no progress has been made,” Khan told the conference

“There is a renewed hope that the US can now play a role in brokering peace in the region, following President Biden’s election,” he added

"The European Union is an important body which has a good record on human rights, peace and against poverty

" Regarding 16 British MEPs letter, he said: “We hope these words are followed by tangible action and that the voices of our Kashmiri brothers and sisters in the US, EU [and the] UK are heard

” “I also do think that there is great potential for multi-lateral efforts between the UK, EU and the US to bring all sides together,” he added

Speaking on the occasion, MP Andrew Gwynne, chair of Labour Friends of Kashmir, said that the right to self-determination was “the most fundamental human right

” “This is a right denied to Kashmiris for too many generations,” he said, adding that the international community should come together and "make good on that promise

” MP James Daly, chair of Conservative Friends of Kashmir, said that the actions taken by Indians on August 5, 2019 “constitute to violation of the UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir and bilateral Pakistan-India agreements, such as, the 1972 Shimla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration

” “India’s unilateral decision to revoke Article 370 of its constitution has severely hampered the chances of a renewed peace between the two nuclear power nations,” said Daly

“India now has a choice

It can continue with the lockdown and curfew or support peace in Kashmir," he said, calling on New Delhi to “end the curfew and focus its attention on preserving human rights, implementing the rule of law and economic development

” President of TeK Europe Muhammad Ghalib said it was important to keep the Kashmir issue in the mainstream media

On the other hand, Qamar Abbas Raja, another prominent leader of the party, told the conference that Pakistan should sustain its Kashmir campaign

“Islamabad has to widen its scope of engagement and there has to be coordination among different Pakistani institutions and Kashmiri groups to strengthen the voice of Kashmiris,” he said

Date:06-Jan-2022 Reference:View Original Link