- The world’s conscience is unshaken even though a year has passed
Today marks the completion of one year of siege and complete lockdown in Indian-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and the manifestation of unparalleled brutality by the Indian security forces. The confinement of the entire population of Kashmir to their houses and the continuation of extra-judicial killings during the search and cordon operations, has created a humanitarian crisis of behemoth magnitude. No wonder that the veteran leader of the All-Parties Hurriyet Conference has termed August 5 as the blackest day in the history of the Subcontinent and made a call to the people of Indian-Occupied Kashmir to observe it as ‘Awareness Day’. He was also right on money to observe “The conversion of the territory into the world’s biggest jail for several months posed an open challenge to the international community. However, the criminal silence maintained by the world is no less than a human tragedy”. Like always the call given by Ali Gilani will not only be overwhelmingly responded by the people of Indian-Occupied Kashmir, but also by the entire Kashmiri community living throughout the world. Pakistan has also decided to observe August 5 as ‘Youme Istehsal’ to express solidarity with people of Kashmir.
The Modi regime, since its advent, has not only been pursuing anti-Muslim policies within India but it has also decimated the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir through repeal of Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution, paving the way for its annexation into the Indian Union through the Jammu and Kashmir Re-organization Act 2019 which became effective from 31 October 2019.
Though the situation in India and Indian-Occupied Kashmir has not gone unnoticed by the international community and the UN, as observed by Ali Gilani, they are maintaining a criminal silence. They have not gone beyond showing muffled concern. Reportedly four special rapporteurs of the UN have recently sent a report to the Indian government about the continued deterioration of human rights conditions in occupied Kashmir, documenting several cases of arbitrary detentions, violations of the prohibition of torture, ill-treatment and suppressing the rights of people belonging to minorities, particularly Muslims. They also expressed regret that they had received no response to two earlier communications sent to the Indian government on 16 August 2019 and in February 2020. They have also asked the Indian government to investigate the alleged torture and custodial killings of several Muslim men since January 2019. In the report shared on the website of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OCHCR), they said, “We remain deeply concerned about the ongoing human rights violations”
The foregoing contents of the report not only depict the horrendous act of ethnic cleansing by the Indian security forces but also the disdainful arrogance of the Indian authorities in not responding to the UN communications, because they feel that with the support of their western strategic partners, they can get away with whatever they do in Indian-Occupied Kashmir like Israel in Palestine.
The reality is that the UN was created by the triumphant nations of the World War-II and the charter drawn by them was actually meant to promote their own interests and fashion the world accordingly. Their selective approach to principles enshrined in the UN Charter is actually the root-cause of all the conflicts and disputes around the world. Peace, security and human rights will remain a hostage to their inhuman indiscretions
It is pertinent to point out that two reports on human rights situation in Indian-Occupied Kashmir compiled by OCHCR had also corroborated blatant violation of human rights by the Indian security forces suggesting the constitution of a UN Inquiry Commission to hold a thorough probe in the matter. Regrettably no progress has been made in that regard so far.
Ever since the launch of freedom movement by Kashmiris in 1989 to win their freedom and the right to self-determination, the Indian security forces have killed more than 100,000 people there, mostly civilians, and raped thousands of women. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other human rights organizations have been regularly compiling reports on the extra-judicial killings and blatant violation of human rights.
The international media, in spite of lack of access to the Valley, has also been reporting acts of bestiality by the Indian security forces, including the massacre of 53 people in Sopore on 6 July 1993. The media has also come up with detailed reports on the plight of besieged Kashmiris and continued killings in Indian-Occupied Kashmir since August 5. The Pakistan government has also been sensitizing the world and the UN about the snowballing crisis in Indian-Occupied Kashmir and the likely repercussions of the actions of Modi government.
One wonders where are the champions of human rights and the right of self-determination who lose no opportunity to cry hoarse from every convenient rooftop to condemn the alleged human rights situation in China and her promulgation of the Security Law in Hong Kong which they perceive as oppressive in regards to the fundamental rights of its citizens? Their criminal indifference to the situation in Indian-Occupied Kashmir to protect their strategic and commercial interests surely denudes the myth about their humanitarian credentials. Their material interests are dearer to them than human rights and humanitarian causes enshrined in the UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They raise a hue and cry on their violation only when it suits their interests. It will not be wrong to say that these powers, particularly the USA, have been responsible and connected to almost all the conflicts around the world in which hundreds and thousands of people have been killed, what to speak of their human rights. A report in The Washington Times said that India took the USA into confidence before making moves in Indian-Occupied Kashmir.
It is a world of the powerful. Human rights and internationally recognized principles as enshrined in the UN charter as well as diplomacy are all rubbish. It is the worth and strength of a country or group of countries that carries the day. It is amply corroborated by the behaviour of the USA and its allies who have shown no respect for them whenever they decided that it was in their strategic and national interests to defy them. Their power and status is such that they can manipulate things their way even at the UN and other international forums where they use their coercive clout to win support for their imperialist actions.
India is being rewarded for her role in promoting the objective of their ‘contain-China Policy’. The people of Kashmir are victims of global politics and the supremacist ideology of the BJP government headed by Narendra Modi. If principles and diplomacy really mattered in the management of international affairs then the way Pakistan conducted its diplomatic offensive and sensitized the world about the human rights situation in Indian-Occupied Kashmir and warned the UN and the international community about the threats to peace and security in the region, the world would have sprung into action to stop India in her tracks and used its pressure to have the UN resolutions implemented.
The reality is that the UN was created by the triumphant nations of the World War-II and the charter drawn by them was actually meant to promote their own interests and fashion the world accordingly. Their selective approach to principles enshrined in the UN Charter is actually the root-cause of all the conflicts and disputes around the world. Peace, security and human rights will remain a hostage to their inhuman indiscretions.