Kashmir Human Rights session kicks off in Geneva

The International Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IHRAAM) headed by Barrister Abdul Majid Tramboo has kicked off the Human Rights session on Kashmir today at UN Offices in Geneva. Pakistan´s Federal Minister of Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari is also attending this session. IHRAAM has accused India of genocide in Kashmir and urged the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda to open a formal investigation into alleged genocide in Kashmir being conducted by India.

“The ICC chief prosecutor should open an investigation under article 6 and 7of the statute of Rome,” said a written statement delivered by the IHRAAM on Monday in the forty-third session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva as agenda item 4.

According to the statement issued by the IHRAAM from Geneva, the rights group also asked the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC to urgently order measures to stop India’s genocidal conduct in Kashmir immediately.

The statement said that India’s campaign against the Kashmiris includes killing, rape, causing serious bodily harm and mental harm, inflicting conditions that are calculated to bring about physical destruction, imposing measures to prevent birth and forcible transfers, are genocidal in character because they are intended to destroy the ethnic Kashmiris in whole or in part.

In its statement, IHRAAM also called upon the United Nations General Assembly, the UN Human Rights Council ( UNHRC) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to prevent the genocide of Kashmiris.

The rights group also demanded an international commission of inquiry into civilian killings in Indian occupied Kashmir at the hands of Indian forces and prosecution of the perpetrators of the crime of genocide in Kashmir, who, according to the statement, act at the behest of Indian state.

The statement said ‘India should be held responsible for alleged genocide against Kashmiris’, a majority- Muslim ethnic group that has been living under Indian occupation for last 72 years.

Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally recognised dispute and figures on United Nations Agenda.

Indian military unleashed a brutal military campaign against Kashmiris in 1988 in response to a call for UN-supervised plebiscite in Kashmir as recognised by the world body.

More than 100,000 Kashmiri have been killed and tens of thousands fled to Azad Kashmir to escape mass rape, killing and burning of their homes.