Kashmiri delegation holds photo exhibition, protest in Geneva

To highlight plight of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, a photo exhibition was held by the visiting Kashmiri delegation at UN Geneva.
Kashmiri delegation holds photo exhibition, protest in Geneva
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To highlight plight of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, a photo exhibition was held by the visiting Kashmiri delegation at UN Geneva.

The organizers in a statement said this event was followed by a protest demonstration at historic Broken Chair in front of UN building. Kashmiris living in different parts of the Europe had come in huge number to show solidarity and reiterate their support for the fundamental right of self-determination.

Speaking on the occasion, the Kashmiri leaders apprised the audience about the prevailing situation of Kashmir and "the systematic human rights violations perpetrated on the Kashmiri civilians."

"These leaders castigated India and expressed their anger on the silence of international community over these massive human rights violations," they said.

Showing their deep concern over the "scot-free" roaming of the perpetrators, the speakers stated that "to strengthen their forcible control many laws have been framed and promulgated by the Indian government that facilitate extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances with complete impunity."

"The basic human and legal codes are being violated in every street of Kashmir. During raids on residential houses, the Indian forces often resort to ransacking, molesting women and beating the residents besides eroding the privacy of civilian population,  the speakers alleged. 

"New Delhi has usurped all the fundamental rights of kashmiri people including the right to live. Uninterrupted killing, blinding and maiming of Kashmiri children has opened a new chapter of brutality and barbarism in the bleeding Kashmir. It is high time for the international community to break the silence on this bloodshed and hold an impartial probe to expose the ugly faces involved in these gruesome acts," they said. 

Terming Kashmir dispute as the core issue in the region and a constant source of tension and instability, the speakers stated that "unless this issue is resolved taking the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir into consideration, no progress can be made to defuse the tension between India and Pakistan."

They appealed to the international community to honour its commitments and responsibility to "the suppressed and oppressed people of Jammu and Kashmir by holding a free, impartial and independent referendum under UN auspices."

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