OIC-IPHRC team completes Pak-AJK visit, vows to expose HR abuses in IIOJK

ISLAMABAD - The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation concluded its five-day visit to Pakistan and AJK yesterday vowing to expose human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

The 12-member IPHRC delegation was led by its Chairperson, Dr. Saeed Al Ghufli. The visit was undertaken in compliance with the mandate provided by the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers to assess the deteriorating human rights situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.  The IPHRC – an independent expert body of the OIC – has established a standing mechanism for that purpose which regularly monitors and reports on the dismal state of human rights in IIOJK.

The aim of these extensive and wide-ranging interactions was to assess the human rights and humanitarian situation in IIOJK, and to investigate and report on the human rights abuses by the Indian security forces in the occupied territory with a view to making recommendations for the promotion and protection of Kashmiris’ basic civil, political, social, economic, religious and cultural rights including their inalienable right to self-determination, guaranteed by numerous resolutions of the UN Security Council.

Detailed report of IPHRC findings to be presented in OIC-CFM

The IPHRC delegation also witnessed the human impact of the indiscriminate shelling carried out by Indian security forces across the LoC which results in the precious loss of lives, injuries to civilians including women and children, and damage to civilian property and infrastructure in AJK.

The visiting delegation was provided unfettered access by the government of Pakistan to undertake its mandated task with objectivity. In due course, a detailed report of the findings of IPHRC will be presented, with concrete recommendations, for the consideration of the upcoming 48th session of the OIC-CFM.


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