The deteriorating situation of human rights in occupied Kashmir has echoed in the Swiss Press Club, Geneva, where more than 60 participants of Kashmiri and Pakistani origin participated in a seminar to express solidarity with the besieged people of the occupied territory.
Explaining the worsening situation of human rights in Kashmir, Altaf Hussain Wani, Chairman of Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR), stated that world has to pay attention to the impending humanitarian crises in the besieged valley of Kashmir. He said, due to the prolonged curfew, there is shortage of food items, medicines and baby food and urged the humanitarian organizations to intervene to support the people of Kashmir.
Scores of British Kashmiri and Pakistanis also showed their commitment and solidarity with the people of Kashmir under curfew. Mushtaq Ahmed, a British Kashmiri, stressed to take immediate actions and requested people to boycott Indian goods to register their protest.
Master Karan Singh, a British Kashmiri Sikh Community leader, shared the grief of Kashmiris and stated that he believes that his homeland will see the freedom from occupation soon. He lauded the decision of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for opening the Kartarpura Corridor for pilgrims and criticized on the lack of interest from government of India in this regard.
Raja Najabat Hussain, Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Self-Determination Movement International, while appreciating the organizers shared that his organization will keep lobbying for the people of Kashmir in Europe and other countries for their just right.
Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan, Executive Director of KIIR, stressed on the enhanced role of diaspora and shared that the issue of human rights violations will be raised with full voice in the 42nd session of UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
Raja Basharat, a human rights activist from United Kingdom, thanked all the participants and urged them to take leading role in raising voices for the people of Kashmir at this critical juncture. Pervaiz Ahmed Shah, Leader of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter criticized India and its occupational agenda that can never suppress the voices of resilient Kashmiris.