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Kashmir Centre for social & development studies (KCSDS ) hails UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’  Report  on the situation of human rights in   Kashmir and its  straightforward  recommendation  for respecting the  right to self determination of Kashmiris.  It  is as if after a long time parched land has got  much needed unexpected rain from a quarter that  had maintained studied silence over the political dispute in Kashmir,   the  military rule and the   genocidal project of the Indian state  for thirty years.

Military rule and AFSPA has been  promulgated here in response to the demand to exercise the right to self determination by Kashmiris. Today’s report comes after a lapse of decades of  its active engagement with Kashmir from 1948 to 1956 when it passed a slew of resolutions on how to resolve the dispute.The report has maintained a link with the historicity of the issue by recommending and upholding Kashmiris right to self determination.

Notwithstanding the negative  views about the power of UN to change anything here on the ground, this report is first of its kind since 50s.For the past thirty years since Kashmir has been burning, UN has never passed such candid  scathing indictment on India for violating Kashmiris’ rights and denying them their right to self determination.This report has, therefore, broken  a new moment  which would cause global churning and compel countries to revisit their myopic   Indian doctored stance on Kashmir.

It will help in demystifying  Indian facade of democracy in Kashmir and expose its  real military rule  on the ground. Such report matters in international reckoning and would help create an atmosphere which would greatly  embarrass the trigger happy state. If Indian govt  has still some remnants of moral sense, it would introspect and change its fascist course  and let Kashmiris be on their own away from forcible military control. In case it rejects it that will also expose her claims of democracy , secularism and justice  internationally.

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  1. K SHESHU BABU says:

    The report vindicates the contentions of human rights groups analysis on the state of repression in Kashmir. The brutalities and atocities of government force and military should be stopped