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Geneva conference passes resolution against Kashmir separatists’ detention

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 16, 2009

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Geneva, June 13: The continued detention of pro-freedom leaders Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Muhammad Salim Nanaji, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate and Masarat Aalam Bhat was strongly condemned in a resolution passed at a conference held in Geneva.

Earlier, speaking at the International Council for Human Rights, which was held in association with International Human Rights Association of American Minorities, International Educational Development, Indian Council of South America, Nord-Sud XXI, Womens International League for Peace and Freedom, World Muslim Congress, OCRAPOCE, The International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations and Hawaii Institute for Human Rights hosted an Interactive Dialogue and Roundtable at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Patron of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (R), Barrister Abdul Majid Tramboo said New Delhi claims to hold free and fair elections but does not allow those to stand who would promote the secession of Kashmir from India.

The event entitled Councils Mandate on Self-determination ran in parallel to the 11th session of Human Rights Council that is taking place at the United Nations this month.

Tramboo said the right of peoples to self-determination was enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and it was expressed in, inter alia, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and common Article I of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Declaration on the Granting of Independence of Colonial Countries and Peoples, the Declaration on the Rights to Development and now the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

“If we look at the case of Kashmir we can see that the people were clearly granted the right to plebiscite, to self-determination, in several UN resolutions shortly after the partition of India. Some 60 years on this right has not yet been granted,” Tramboo said. “Whilst governing the people against their will the 700,000 Indian troops based in Kashmir act with impunity committing gross human rights abuses on a daily basis. In cases such as this is critical that the mandate of the HRC be both strengthened and exercised if the pursuit of human rights is to mean anything.”

Besides, Tramboo, permanent representative to the UN Geneva, Prof Alfred de Zayas Public and International Law professor at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Ronald Barnes Chair of Indigenous Peoples and Nations Coalition Prof Marco Lombardi, Associate Professor at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart Milan, Frank Schwalba Hoth former MEP and political strategist and Wilton Littlechild University of Alberta Alumnus and Pioneer of the Global Indigenous Rights Movement also spoke on the occasion.

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