Kashmir: Intervention by Jamil Maqsood at the 40th Session of the UNHRC

The human rights tragedy that has engulfed the people of Kashmir is now in it's 71st year, and in the face of indifference by the global community, and the impotence of the UN Security Council, it shows no sign of abating.

Jamil Masqood, the Belgian based Secretary of Foreign Affairs for the Kashmir People's National Party, has been effectively banned from entering his homeland, and has recently presented his case at the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Mr. President. The Government of Pakistan is increasingly silencing dissent under the pretext of national security and anti terror laws in peripheries. Enforced disappearances, extra judicial killings and torture take place with impunity... Pakistani authorities have restricted my own travel back home in so called Azad Kashmir by blocking my Pakistani passport, since 30 th of October-2017 and an online request for the renewal of the said document has not been responded since 9th January... I have paid for the urgent renewal of my travel document. Despite remainder to the embassy of Pakistan in Brussels and lodging online complaint, no official response given so far... Mr. President. Pakistani authorities have been using these tactics to supress our voices.at such prestigious forums. I, therefore request to the council to take serious heed to human rights violation in so- called Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. I’m not the only victim of such Pakistani policies in recent years. However, I request to the council to formulate a mechanism of issuing UN travel documents to the people of Pakistani peripheries, so that they could permanently get rid of repugnant attitude of Pakistani state... I thank you Mr. President.

Jamil Maqsood

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