GLOBAL MOVEMENT ON HIGHLIGHTING THE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN KASHMIR
COPAIR organizes international conferences on the subject of Kashmir conundrum with a mission to call attention of global community towards the illegality of Indian military presence in Occupied Kashmir and to stimulate the implementation of UN-advocated solutions in Jammu and Kashmir. COPAIR is privilege to have Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudahry (Former PM AJK) onboard as a Special Advisors on Kashmir affairs. We invite eminent members of diplomatic community, politicians, international lawyers, policy-advisors, academics and member of international organizations to reflect over the recent developments in IOK and strengthen the resolve of marginalized Kashmiri population.
INTERNATIONAL LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS AND PLIGHT OF INNOCENT KASHMIRI CITIZENS
The principle of self-determination of peoples is a fundamental principle of international law, and considered as true rules of jus cogens but the preemptory norm sought an exception in the case of millions of innocent Kashmiris who had been left at the whims of India since 1947. Notwithstanding the UNSC resolution 1948, which recognized the state as a disputed territory, reaffirmed that the permanent status of the state shall be decided by a plebiscite, Indian armed forces clampdown the disputed territory illegally, and imposed their draconian laws on harmless Muslims. In addition to the UNSC resolutions of 1951 and 1957, Shimla Agreement also ruled out the possibility of unilateral actions by any party to alter ‘special status’ of the state, but on August 5th, 2019 the BJP leadership counteracted again by rescinding the Article 370. After revocation of special status of the disputed territory of Kashmir, the presence of Indian Armed Forces in the territory is illegal and hostile in the light of Article 42 of the Hague Regulations of 1907.
India –the world’s largest democracy –is currently resonating the policies similar to Mousseline’s fascism and Hitler’s Nazism due to their repressive and scorched earth policy in the IOK. This ongoing lockdown in IOK is about to complete a year, whereas the already impoverished Kashmiri community are now facing dire living conditions in the ongoing pandemic due to inaccessibility of healthcare and other basic necessities.
NEED OF THE HOUR
A paradigm shift is need of the hour, as India is actively destabilizing the fragile peace currently in place by further deteriorating the status of the people in Jammu and Kashmir in spite of all its obligations under the UN Charter and numerous declarations and resolutions. COPAIR seek to invite a number of national and international speakers, especially international lawyers, human rights activists, politicians, diplomats, members of academia and public institutions to share their insights and recommend policies for the peaceful resolution of Kashmir problem.
The themes/focus of our conferences on the subject were:
- Reinvasion of Kashmir by rescinding Article 370
- The response of international community over India’s grave violation of Human Rights in Kashmir
- Justice delayed is justice denied: The abandoned promises of Kashmir Plebiscite and Right to Self-determination
- India’s false flag operations in Kashmir
- The global response over India’s grave violation of Human Rights in Kashmir
- Revisiting OHCHR 2019 Annual Report on Kashmir
- Efficacy of OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir: Solidarity of Muslim nations over Muslim ethnocide in Kashmir
PRESIDENT AMNA MALIK MESSAGE
“The Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR) is a significant contributor and a platform for the advocacy/resolution of Kashmir cause; it is twig of Kashmir freedom struggle, which began 90 years ago, this very same day. We hail the 21st century as the “Asian Century” but there is a precondition that without any diplomatic solution of the Kashmir problem the chances of regional stability are bleak.”
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HIGHLIGHTING HUMANRIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN KASHMIR
Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR) hosted an online international conference, titled “A Global Movement to Highlight the Human Rights Violations in Kashmir” on July 13, 2020. The two-hour session was broadcasted live at social media and electronic TV channels including the Pakistan Television News. The Conference aimed to call the attention of the global community towards the illegality of Indian military presence in Occupied Kashmir and to stimulate the implementation of UN-advocated solutions in Jammu and Kashmir. The Conference addressed the dire need to identify collective efforts by all international actors to highlight the human rights abuses our fellow Muslims are suffering from in Kashmir.
The conference was commenced by Ms Amna Malik – President COPAIR who thanked the worthy panellists and participants of the webinar.
Chief Guest of the occasion, Chaudhary Sarwar – Governor Punjab spoke on the the principle of self-determination as a fundamental principle of international law and the case of Kashmir, which is no different to it.
The Keynote speaker of the conference, Barrister Sultan Mehmood (Former PM AJK and current President PTI Kashmir Chapter) stated that, although the UNSC resolution 1948 recognized the state as a disputed territory. According to the UN advocated solutions, the permanent status of the state was to be decided by a plebiscite but the Indian armed forces clampdown the disputed territory illegally, and imposed their draconian laws on harmless Muslims.
Mr Khalid Mahmood – Member of Parliament, UK articulated about our lack of diplomatic manoeuvring on the subject and grave human rights abuses our fellow Muslims are suffering from.
Lord Nazir Hussain – Member House of Lords, UK has stated that for last two decades the presence of Indian forces have been increasing and now the revocation of Article 370 hint of Indian expansionism and unheeded cries of Kashmiris.
Ms Kate Hollern – Member of Parliament, UK said that the UK government should endorse the issue at international forums like the UN and the quandary can only be resolved if the international community take up the task. I urge the British government to play its role in this regard.
Mr Imran Hussain – Member of Parliament, UK was of the view that the current assessment of the developments in Kashmir exhibits the violations of international norms and bilateral agreements.
Yvette Clarker – US Congressional Representative was also expected to be part of the panel but due to timezone difference and her political engagments she was unable to join live session.
Professor Zafar Nawaz Jaspal–Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad was also among the panellist and he reflected on the international norm of self-determination vis-à-vis the plight of Kashmiri Muslim.
Ambassador Khalid Mahmood (Retd.), Advisor COPAIR also presented his speech on the territorial integrity and the applicability of the right to self-determination in the modern world.
More than 500 participants including the international dignitaries, government representatives, retired senior armed forces officers, diplomats, and the law enforcement officials, members of public and private organizations, students and faculty members of different universities, attended the online conference hosted by Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR) on July 13, 2020.
RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS
COPAIR echoes aloud against the illegal occupation and state terrorism of Indian Armed Forces in IOK, which is why the organization is planning to organize and international conference on the subject. Beside this, highlighting the plight of innocent Kashmiris remained zenith of our widely circulated ‘Mélange International Magazine’, where subject experts, diplomats and members of academic circle share their opinion articles and shed light on the recent developments. We also furnish special reports on various subjects, including the plight of Kashmiri brethren and transgressions of Human Rights by Indian Armed Forces in the occupied Kashmir region.