Washington, D.C. October 12, 2011. The Board of directors of the Kashmiri American Council (KAC) welcomed the statement of Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations for championing the principle that the United Nations stood up for the will of the people. The Board also thanked the Secretary General for emphasizing that new doctrine aims to ensure that people facing mass atrocity crimes are not alone when their own country cannot or will not protect them. “Two weeks ago, the flag of a new Libya was raised at the United Nations. Where once the idea was widely debated but not put into practice,” added Secretary General. Mr. Ban –Ki-Moon while speaking during The Otto L. Walter annual lecture at the New York Law School.
The Board said that the people of Kashmir look upon the Secretary General of the United Nations as the custodian of the moral responsibility of the United Nations. The people of Kashmir have tried to address to you various petitions and communications regarding the situation in Kashmir. The information establishes that a massive campaign of brutal oppression that was launched by India in 1990 continues unabated. Various estimates are given of the death toll of civilians so for. Making due allowance for unintended exaggerations, the figure runes into tens of thousands. Countless individuals have been maimed and countless women molested and assaulted. United States, Department of State’s country report on human rights says that 8,000 to 10,000 people have involuntarily disappeared.
The Board also highlighted that the principle outlined by the Secretary General gains an immeasurable added force and should compel intervention by the United Nations when the scene of atrocities is not recognized as falling within the internal jurisdiction of any state and whose disposition is to be made by the will of its own people.
The Board quoted Amnesty International which in its report on September 26, 2011 said that over 2700 unmarked graves have been identified by an 11-member police investigation team of the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) in four districts of north Kashmir. The state government must ensure that all past and current allegations of enforced disappearances are promptly, thoroughly, independently and impartially investigated and that, where there is sufficient evidence, anyone suspected of responsibility for such crimes is prosecuted in proceedings which meet international fair trial standards.
The Board cautioned that despite faint murmur of protest in international circles including the United Nations and an occasional report in the world press, India has felt no pressure whatsoever to desist from its semi-genocidal campaign.
The Board warned that India has succeeded in erecting a smokescreen by claiming that the Kashmir issue is to be resolved bilaterally between India and Pakistan without the intervention of a third party. That wishful thinking has never allowed a meaningful dialogue for a durable and equitable settlement of Kashmir dispute. The human urgency of the situation in Kashmir demands that tripartite negotiations between Governments of India and Kashmir & the genuine leadership of the people of the State of Jammu and Kashmir be initiated under the leadership of the United Nations. The U.N. can appoint a person of an international standing, like Bishop Desmond Tutu to be the facilitator in this regard.