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OIC expresses concern over human rights violations in Kashmir by India

ISLAMABAD: The 13th Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Summit called on India to implement pending United Nations Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir and expressed concern at the violations of human rights committed in Indian occupied Kashmir by the Indian security forces.

The release stated, “The conference reaffirmed its principled support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for realization of their legitimate right to self-determination in accordance with relevant UN Security council resolutions. It reaffirmed that Jammu and Kashmir is the core dispute between India and Pakistan and its resolution is imperative for bringing peace in South Asia.”

It was also mentioned that the conference called on India to implement numerous UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir which declare that the final disposition of the State of Jammu and Kashmir would be made in accordance with the will of the people expressed through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite conducted under the auspices of the United Nations.

“It further reminded the international community of its obligations to ensure implementation of UN resolutions on Kashmir and fulfill the promise made with the people of Jammu and Kashmir 68 years ago,” the release stated.

It welcomed the establishment of a standing mechanism by the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) for monitoring the human rights situation in IOK and called upon India to allow the OIC Fact Finding Mission and the international human rights groups and humanitarian organizations access to IOK.

The Islamic Conference called on the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and the Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) to undertake activities to protect holy sites in Kashmir and preserve cultural rights and Islamic heritage. The Conference appealed to the member states and Muslim Institutions to grant scholarships to Kashmiri students in different Universities and institutions in OIC countries.

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