Kashmir: Intervention by Jamil Maqsood at the 41st Session of the UNHRC

 "Our organisation (the NGO International Action for Peace & Development) is deeply concerned about the growth international terrorism. The patronisation of some states of such terror groups is a most disturbing phenomenon. 

Terror groups like Lashker e Tyyaaba, Jaish e Muhammad & Hizbul Mujahedeen are amongst those linked with Al Qaeda and other global terror groups.

The erosion of Human Rights in Pakistan, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit – Baltistan continues.

Pakistan has constructed the Neelam Jhelum Hydropower Project, Diamer Basha & Kohala Dam in the disputed territories of so called Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. The construction of these dams has resulted in the diversion of the Neelam and Jhelum rivers, creating a catastrophic impact on the lives and livelihood of the local people. They have either lost their sources of water, or have had their access to essential water supplies, severely diminished. (This has been done without their consent, and they have been deprived of all opportunity to engage in any consultative process regarding their construction.) 

These dams have been constructed in a seismic zone, thereby posing potentially dangerous and hazardous risks to hundreds of thousands of people in those regions.

In a very disturbing development, the Pakistani Administration, in the construction of these dams, has ignored every single one of the recommendations of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The constant and persistent violations of Human Rights in Pakistan administered Kashmir continues, unabated. 

The Pakistani Military engage in land grabbing, oppressive witch hunts, censorship of the media and repress freedom of expression and assembly in its peripheries. Illegal mining and deforestation are two of the methods they use to steal our resources.

The judiciary is not independent. The widespread corruption & nepotism corroborated by independent international human rights bodies.

Extra judicial killings, disappearances, and discrimination against any opposition to Pakistan is a feature of everyday life. The confiscation of my Pakistani passport is yet another example of pressing dissent by the state of Pakistan.

We urge the Council to take action to make the state of Pakistan accountable for these actions."

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Jamil Maqsood

Jamil Maqsood

Jamil Maqsood is a Brussels based Human Rights Activist and a political lobbyist at the European Parliament. He is working on various fronts to promote and protect socio- Economic Rights including the right to the development and protection of the environment in Pakistan and its Administered parts of Jammu Kashmir, also known as Azad Kashmir and Gilgit- Baltistan. 

He highlights human rights situation at the United Nations Human Rights Council since -2010, and is also a representative of the International Human Rights Council, an accredited NGO with the European Parliament.

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