Don’t recommend India for a permanent UNSC seat: APDP to UN
Urges to check Indian human rights record in Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar: The present Indian Prime Minister as well as the former continues to thrust for a permanent seat in United Nations Security Council, during their addresses at the various International foras including in their repeated discourse to the United Nations General Assembly. The Government of India over and over again discusses its eligibility for a permanent seat in the UNSC and seeks support from other member states.
Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons [APDP] stands and will always stand against the India states claim for the permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council for its record of human rights violations in the conflict ridden Jammu and Kashmir. Indian States record comprises enforced disappearance of more than 8000 people, existence of 7000+ unknown, unmarked and mass graves, extrajudicial killings, torture, sexual assault and numerous other human rights violations. Moreover, despite reiterated demand of APDP, the Indian State never allowed the United Nations Special Rapporteur on enforced or involuntary disappearances to visit Jammu and Kashmir, and did not ratify the Convention against Enforced Disappearances.
The Indian States record also includes a State Human Rights Commission’s [SHRC] verdict of October 2011 that recognized the phenomenon of unknown, unmarked and mass graves. The commission after enquiry passed a judgment and made various recommendations, including comprehensive Forensic Examination of the remains interred in the graves along with DNA the (Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid) testing. Further, the SHRC recommended for setting up of an independent body to enquire into the issue of unknown, unmarked and mass graves. Contrastingly, none of the recommendations have been implemented by the government and no investigation has been initiated so far.
APDP underscores that Indian State has no moral right to claim any credibility internationally. The Indian States record in Jammu and Kashmir must not be rewarded. On the contrary, international pressure and condemnation must be immediately brought to bear on a State that has no regard for the rule of law, or human life in Jammu and Kashmir.
The member states of the UN must be guided in their relations with the Indian State by a sense of responsibility and sensitivity to the realities of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The international community cannot escape their responsibility to the victims of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.
APDP calls on the Member states of UN, before recommending India for a Permanent Seat in the Security Council, they must question, and exert pressure, upon the Indian State to uphold the internationally recognized human rights principles and standards. As the struggle for truth, justice, dignity and honor continues, the international community must be aware that their actions today form a part of the historical record and there will be accountability.
As part of persistent campaign APDP today amassed to question such an entitlement to a country like India that has worst human rights record and sponsors impunity and injustice to victims without any accountability.
Moreover, today on the 10th Anniversary of the disappearance of the husband of Amina Masood Janjua, a prominent human rights activist of Pakistan, who has been struggling to trace the whereabouts of hundreds of people including her husband, who disappeared in Pakistan, APDP calls on government of Pakistan that the whereabouts of Masood Janjua be divulged out like the more than 650 other missing persons who either have been released or surfaced in the last ten years through the struggle of Defence for Human Rights (DHR) led by Amina Masood. DHR has so far documented more than 2150 cases of enforced disappearances in Pakistan.