Use of pellets in IOK violation of human rights: Seoul seminar

Seoul, February 18 (KMS): Korean professors have declared the use of pellet guns by the Indian occupational forces in occupied Kashmir as contrary to the International Humanitarian Law.

The professors addressing a workshop on International Humanitarian Law in the context of Kashmir dispute, which was organized at the Korea Press Club by the Embassy of Pakistan, Seoul.

Distinguished professors were the keynote speakers at the workshop including Dr. Asif Qureshi, Professor of International Law at Korea University, Dr. Eric Lee, Professor of International Law at Dongguk University and Dr. Lee Whiejin, Ex Ambassador of Republic of Korea.

Prof Dr. Eric Lee in his presentation said that Geneva Conventions prohibit the use of weapons that cause excessive injury or unnecessary suffering including the use of pellet guns.

The guest speakers briefed the audience that IHL was concerned with the regulation of conduct of States and non-State actors in circumstances of armed conflict or hostilities which includes treatment of prisoners; treatment of civilians including civilians in occupied territory (extra judicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, sexual abuse and political repression) treatment of the sick and wounded; and the method of warfare/conflict including human rights in times of conflict.

The Ambassador of Pakistan, Rahim Hayat Qureshi, condemned the gross human rights violations in Kashmir’. He called upon the international community to play its role for ameliorating the sufferings of innocent civilians, especially women and children.

The guest speakers shed light on the violations of International Humanitarian Law in the beautiful valley of Kashmir.

Dr. Asif Qureshi, Professor of International law, said IHL is highly relevant to the circumstances of Kashmir and all parties must work towards its strengthened application.

The event was attended by Korean media representatives, members of Pakistan Business Association, prominent members of the Korean community, Pakistani students and workers.

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