Exiled Kashmiris Urge UNHRC To Act Against Pakistan, Accuse ISI Of Targeting Judges, Journalists5 July 2021
Geneva: Exiled Kashmiris and rights activists held a demonstration in front of the UN Human Rights Council building in Geneva to highlight Pakistan's systematic discrimination against Kashmiris in the region it has illegally occupied for over seven decades.They sought immediate UN intervention into Pakistan's human rights violations, state-backed enforced disappearances of ethnic minorities, and the brazen misuse of draconian laws against the judiciary, social activism and journalism to muzzle the dissent.A number of people have been held on framed-up charges and many others have been sentenced to prison for not falling in line with Islamabad's narratives and versions of reality, the Kashmiris and rights activists said.Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, exiled chairman of United Kashmir People's National Party (UKPNP) said: 'Today's demonstration was held to express solidarity with the independent judges, the lawyers and the journalists who are constantly under attack by Pakistan. While many of them have been forced out of their native places by the establishment, the others have been beaten at their homes for supporting different opinions.'Some have even been killed. And it (demonstration) was not just to express solidarity but also to urge the United Nations Human Rights Council to urge that it should intervene and pressurize Pakistan to change the undemocratic means to suppress the civil society,' he added.The political activists also held a conference to deliberate upon rising attacks on the judges, lawyers and journalists.