Despite the fact that the Amnesty International (AI) has reiterated its call to the New Delhi to act in accordance with international human rights law and standards in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, including arrests and detentions of political opponents, and the rights to liberty and freedom of movement, the Indian authorities have further tightened curfew and other restrictions in the occupied territory to prevent people from holding demonstrations against the repeal of the special status of the territory and taking out Muharram processions. In a statement, Kumi Naidoo secretary general AI said that it is for the first time in decades the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has taken up the issue of Kashmir. The UNSC members need to remember that their mandate is to protect international peace and security and they should seek to resolve the situation in a way that puts the human rights of the people in this troubled region at its center. The actions of Indian government have thrown ordinary people’s lives into turmoil, subjecting them to unnecessary pain and distress on top of the years of human rights violations they have already endured. He also added by saying that the people of held Kashmir should not be treated as pawns in a political crisis, and the international community must come together to call for their human rights to be respected. Meanwhile the AI India chapter has launched a global campaign “Let Kashmir Speak” to highlight the human cost of over month-long lockdown in occupied Kashmir, which has grossly impacted the daily lives of Kashmiri people, their emotional and mental well-being, medical care, as well as their access to basic necessities and emergency services. It said that depriving an entire population of their right to freedom of expression, opinion and movement for an indefinite period was akin to taking the territory back to the dark ages. On the other hand, most member countries of the UNSC have already expressed concerns over violations of fundamental human rights in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Majority of them said they are concerned over grave situation involving the human rights violations. One important permanent member even said the human rights violations in the occupied valley should be probed. Now, we will take stock of the situation and reevaluate our position following the latest development. The consultations will be held on the points if the next step is to be taken in New York or Geneva.
The UNSC meeting has endorsed the fact that Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute thus debunking India’s claim that the issue was its internal matter. The UNSC meeting reaffirmed that its resolutions on the occupied Jammu and Kashmir are still valid.