Adoption of self-determination resolution at UN beacon of hope for Kashmiris: Munir Akram

United Nations, November 18 (KMS): Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Munir Akram has said that the Pakistan-sponsored resolution, adopted by a UN panel on Thursday, that upholds the right to self-determination for peoples subjected to occupation, is a beacon of hope for the people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Ambassador Munir Akram in a media interview in New York said, “The wide sponsorship and unanimous endorsement of Pakistan’s resolution on the right of peoples under foreign occupation to self-determination is a beacon of hope for the heroic people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir.”

The resolution, co-sponsored by 72 countries, was unanimously adopted in the General Assembly‘s Third Committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural issues, along with several other human rights resolutions.

Pakistan has been sponsoring this text since 1981. It is expected to come up for General Assembly’s endorsement next month.

Earlier, a key committee of the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution reaffirming the right to self-determination for peoples who are subjected to colonial, foreign and alien occupation.

Co-sponsored by 72 countries, the resolution, submitted by Pakistan, was adopted without a vote in the 193-member Assembly’s Third Committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural issues.

Introducing the draft, Ambassador Munir Akram, said that the General Assembly has not only established the scope of the right to self-determination, but also further crystallized its status as customary international law.

“Almost all former colonies and subjugated peoples, who are represented in this Assembly today as sovereign nations, secured their independence by exercising their right to self-determination,” he said. There were, however, situations where occupied peoples were being systematically denied this right and are obliged to struggle for its realization.

“The means by which occupying powers continue to suppress the legitimate struggles for self-determination are often brutal and violent; including naked military force, extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, rape and sexual violence, torture, curfews, communication blackouts, lockdown of civilian populations, illegal settlements and demographic changes,” the Pakistani envoy said.

Under the terms of the draft resolution, the General Assembly would reaffirm the universal realization of the rights of all peoples, including those under colonial, foreign and alien domination, to self-determination as a fundamental condition for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights.

The resolution also declared the General Assembly’s firm opposition to acts of foreign military intervention, aggression and occupation, since these have resulted in the suppression of the right of peoples to self-determination and other human rights in certain parts of the world.

It called on those states responsible to cease immediately their military intervention in and occupation of foreign countries and territories, as well as all acts of repression, discrimination, exploitation and maltreatment.

The assembly would also deplore the plight of millions of refugees and displaced persons who have been uprooted as a result of these acts and reaffirms their right to return to their homes voluntarily in safety and honour.

It urges the Human Rights Council to give special attention to the violation of human rights, especially the right to self-determination, resulting from foreign military intervention, aggression or occupation. It also requests the Secretary-General to report to the next Session of the General Assembly on this question.

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