FIDH publishes briefing note detailing key HR issues in IOK

Paris, March 21 (KMS): Paris-based human rights organization, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), an amalgam of 184 organisations from 112 countries, has published a briefing note detailing key human rights issues of concern in occupied Kashmir.

The FIDH and its partner organizations Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) and Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) together have demanded full and unfettered access to occupied Kashmir to the UN bodies and representatives, foreign and domestic human rights organizations, and foreign and local journalists.

The groups also called for establishing a Commission of Inquiry to investigate allegations of all human rights violations perpetrated by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir, as recommended in the report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the establishment of a mechanism to monitor the human rights situation in the occupied territory through diplomatic missions in New Delhi and Islamabad.

The FIDH briefing note maintained that since 1990, more than 70,000 people have been killed, more than 8,000 subjected to enforced disappearances and thousands arrested and detained under repressive laws while torture and other acts of inhuman and degrading treatment against protestors and detainees have been routinely used by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.

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