Pakistani & Kashmiri Americans demands to investigates human rights violations in Kashmir.

New York, The American Pakistani Public Affairs Committee (APPAC) requested in its resolution to the U.S. government to pursue an investigation of human rights violations committed against the people of Jammu and Kashmir by the state civilian administrators, right wing extremist leaders, and Indian armed forces via the International Criminal Court. The APPAC calls upon …

Pakistani & Kashmiri Americans demands to investigates human rights violations in Kashmir.

New York,

The American Pakistani Public Affairs Committee (APPAC) requested in its resolution to the U.S. government to pursue an investigation of human rights violations committed against the people of Jammu and Kashmir by the state civilian administrators, right wing extremist leaders, and Indian armed forces via the International Criminal Court.

The APPAC calls upon his resolution to U.S. Congressional leaders to adhere international human rights violations by bringing forth transparency in Jammu & Kashmir and granting international media organizations, UN observers, and the greater international human rights and humanitarian community unrestricted access, without religious discrimination, to the Indian Illegal Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

It is also said in resolution to form a bipartisan committee of congressional representatives to investigate the human rights violations and to recommend the remedies for the suffering of the people of Jammu & Kashmir.

“U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations should call upon India’s government to restore the democratic power and voice of the indigenous population of Jammu and Kashmir, demilitarization of Kashmir and Jammu valley, and for the end of the collective punishment of the Kashmiri people”, APPAC appealed.

Human Rights violations in Kashmir photo courtesy AFP.

APPAC said in a resolution that U.S. government, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, by way of its moral and official authority to end relentless cycles of regional violence, to commission the governments of India and Pakistan for the implementation of the long-standing UN resolutions to give the right of plebiscite and self-determination to the people of Jammu & Kashmir.

“The annexation of Jammu & Kashmir by Prime Minister Modi’s right wing extremist regime on August 5th, 2019 against the UN Security Council resolution directly undermines world peace and has given rise to armed conflicts and civil unrest in the region. Whereas, Prime Minister Modi’s regime’s decision to revoke Articles 370 and 35A has resulted in gross human rights violations and forced disappearances of the Kashmiri people”, added in resolution.

APPAC resolution quoted the two successive reports of United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published in June 2018 and July 2019, reports extensively documenting the gross and systemic violations of human rights of the Kashmiri people by the current regime.

“UN Special Rapporteurs and Mandate Holders have addressed multiple communications to the Indian government on its unlawful actions, including PM Modi’s regime’s discriminatory laws that give wide powers to the government to persecute members of minority communities on trumped-up charges” APPAC highlighted in his document.

APPAC asked to OHCHR look into Indian oppression on people of Jammu & Kashmir and emphasized that Kashmiris have rendered immense sacrifices against the Indian Oppression. Kashmiris Right to self-determination continuously denial by Indian regime’s, while UN Security Council recognized numerous Resolutions for the Peaceful solution of the conflict.

The APPAC appeals in a resolution sent to US authorities that current regime practically changes the demography of Jammu and Kashmir and has amended domicile rules in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) in a bid to impose ethnic cleansing in the region and to advance its Hindu-supremacist agenda. They also said that region has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, local residents categorically denied adequate healthcare resources and facilities, and further intensifying their suffering.

“Atmosphere of fear and reprisal amongst the people of Kashmir, harassment and intimidation of journalists through draconian laws (such as Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, UAPA) continues, while the international media and UN observers have been denied access to visit IIOJK” added in resolution.

APPAC also identified that Indian regime halt human rights organization and Amnesty International humanitarian work from September 29th, 2020 and government support attacks on innocent civilians.

It is also written in APPAC resolution, “According to international human rights organizations, rape and collective punishment have been used as weapons of oppression by Indian armed forces.

The U.S. Congressional leadership has recognized the current Indian regime’s abuse of power via House Resolution 745 of the 116th Congress” and “urging the Republic of India to end the restrictions on communications and mass detentions in Jammu and Kashmir as swiftly as possible and preserve religious freedom” for all residents.

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Hong Kong University Axes Support For Student Union Amid Crackdown

The Chinese University of Hong Kong has pulled the plug on its students' representative body, saying it can no longer use its facilities.

Hong Kong University Axes Support For Student Union Amid Crackdown

Amid a city-wide crackdown on all forms of peaceful dissent, students at Hong Kong's universities are fighting a rearguard action over freedom of speech after the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) withdrew recognition for the student union.

Thousands of staff, students, and alumni signed an online petition on Friday supporting the union, Syzygia, following the announcement, with the petition garnering nearly 6,000 signatures by close of business on Friday.

"We are deeply regretful and distressed to know that the university renounces its students," the union said in a statement. "It is very unfortunate that the integrity and foundation of humanities rooted in CUHK have been destroyed by the University itself."

"We ... are now launching a petition. We call for support from students, graduates and staff in CUHK to support us ... to show objection against CUHK from depriving the rights of the Student Union because of political reasons," it said.

CUHK announced late on Thursday that it would stop allowing the union to use university facilities, and staff, accusing it of failing to clarify "potentially unlawful statements and false allegations."

Syzygia accused the university of "kowtowing to the regime," in a reference to the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

A separate signature campaign calling on CUHK vice-chancellor Rocky Tuan to reverse the university's decision has also been signed by more than 3,000 alumni.

The decision by the university came just one day after Syzygia elected a new cabinet on Wednesday amid high turnout.

It has now been warned that it must suspend the collection of dues from members, as it has no legal status.

Fears of a backlash against student unions, which have played prominent roles in mass pro-democracy movements in 2019 and 2014, had already led unions in other universities not to elect key officials.

The decision by CUHK suggests that more universities will cut ties with student unions.

Academic freedom, student politics under threat

Ivan Choy, a former CUHK student union president and currently a lecturer in politics at the same university, told RFA that academic freedom and student politics are now under threat in Hong Kong.

"I think if you have been paying attention to what a lot of people are saying in recent days, you will realize that universities are under huge pressure right now," Choy told RFA.

"This has been going on for a while, but it was generally treated until now as an internal matter requiring mutual understanding and mutual accommodation," he said.

"Now I think things have gotten way more complicated."

He said the student unions could soon be regarded as a matter for the newly formed national security police, who are charged with implementing a draconian national security law imposed by the CCP on Hong Kong from July 1, 2020.

While CUHK said Syzygia should set itself up as a separate entity, former student union leader Gary Poon said there is scant room for that to happen under current Hong Kong law.

"I have been involved in discussions about starting an independent union, but I found it can only be done if the law is amended by the Legislative Council (LegCo)," Poon told RFA.

"It can't be regulated under the Societies Ordinance because it was established under a different law," he said.

He said relations between university management and student unions had often been conflicted, but had largely been maintained based on custom and unwritten rules.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) said it would cancel a planned exhibit of press photography for "safety and security" reasons, citing coronavirus concerns.

But the exhibit had included a number of prize-winning photos of the 2019 protest movement, a topic regarded as subversive under the national security law.

Reported by Cheng Yut-yiu and Chan Yun Nam for RFA's Mandarin and Cantonese Services. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.

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