OIC strongly condemns killing of innocent Kashmiris by Indian forces in IoK

JEDDAH – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation Secretariat General has strongly condemned the killing of innocent Kashmiris in Pulwama district of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) by the Indian security forces and urged the Indian government to put an end to the human rights abuses.

The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission has received detailed briefing on the worsening human rights situation in the Occupied Kashmir.

The Commission condemned the recent wave of violence against civilians and called on Indian Government to allow its fact finding mission to visit Occupied Kashmir.

The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of the OIC joins the international human rights community in condemning the extrajudicial killings of innocent Kashmiris in Pulwama district of IOK by the Indian security forces who indiscriminately opened fire on those peacefully protesting against the human rights abuses and in support of their inalienable right to self-determination.

The excessive and arbitrary use of force by Indian forces against innocent civilians, peacefully protesting for their legitimate rights, is deplorable and a blatant violation of their human rights including the right to life, right to freedom of expression, right to peaceful protests and assembly and other fundamental human rights,” OIC-PHRC said in a statement.

The commission notes that the modern history of Kashmir has become synonymous with insidious systematic and systemic ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Kashmiris where all possible means of violence including mass blinding through pellet guns, rape and molestation against women, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings of youth are used to quell their legitimate and well-recognised demand for self-determination. The objective report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, issued in June this year, aptly covers these violations in detail. The High Commissioner for Human Rights also called for establishing a Commission of Inquiry under United Nations auspices to comprehensively investigate the confirmed allegations of human rights violations, which are fully supported by the IPHRC,” the statement added.

“The commission also urges the Indian government to abide by its international human rights obligations by bringing an end to the gross human rights violations and allow the international human rights community including the United Nations and OIC to visit IOK to objectively and independently report on the human rights situation,” the statement further stated.
Eleven Kashmiris were martyred and over 200 injured in fresh acts of state-sponsored terrorism by Indian security forces in Occupied Kashmir on Saturday. Three freedom-fighters were also killed in a gunbattle with occupation forces.

The civilians were massacred when Indian security forces opened fire at people protesting the killing of three freedom-fighters in a gunbattle in Kharpora Sarnoo village of Pulwama district.

Condemning the killing, Pakistan’s Prime Minster Imran Khan had said that ‘only dialogue, and not violence and killings, will resolve this conflict’.

A complete shutdown is being observed in Kashmir valley today for third straight day against the Pulwama killings on the weekend.

All shops and other commercial establishments are closed in Srinagar – summer capital of the Himalayan state, and elsewhere in the valley while public transport is off the roads.

Educational institutions are closed while the exams scheduled at the Kashmir University and other universities on Monday have been postponed.