Succeeding Kashmiri generations forcibly denied right to self-determination, UN body told


United Nations, November 04 (KMS): A Kashmiri youth delegate has urged the United Nations to hold India accountable for human rights abuses in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and resolve the dispute as per the Security Council resolutions.

Muzdalfa Ahmed, the delegate, called upon the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee, which deals with social, cultural and humanitarian issues to come forward and play its effective role in resolving the Kashmir dispute through exercise of the right to self-determination, which has been guaranteed by the United Nations, by the Kashmiri people.

The committee is holding an informal debate on the UN Secretary General’s report “Our Common Agenda” which is designed to strengthen and accelerate multilateral agreements – particularly the 2030 development Agenda – and make a tangible difference in people’s lives.

The debate was organized on Wednesday to ensure stronger participation of young generations in decision-making for the future.

Muzdalfa Ahmed spoke on how the Secretary General’s Common Agenda can help deliver more for young people, especially those affected by long and festering conflicts. “As a youth delegate with Kashmiri roots,” she said, “I too come from such a background,” pointing out that Kashmir region has been reeling under illegal Indian occupation for decades. “Succeeding generations of Kashmiri youth and children have been forcibly denied their right to self-determination,” the youth delegate said, adding that since 5 August 2019 these atrocities have redoubled.

Following illegal annexation of occupied Kashmir, India illegally detained over 13,000 Kashmiri youth, tortured many of them, summarily executed young boys, and put down protest violently, she added. “The first and foremost goal for all Kashmiris, including youth, is the peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council which have promised the people of Jammu and Kashmir their right to self-determination.”

“Give Kashmiris the right to self-determination,” Ms Ahmed said in conclusion.