A roadside roundtable was organized in London which coincided with the Heads of State Commonwealth Summit in connection with highlighting Kashmir issue and recent gang rape and murder of a minor in Kathua.
Opening the Roundtable Meeting, Barrister A. Majid Tramboo, (Chairman International Commission for Human Rights - UN Permanent Representative - IHRAAM) expressed deep anger and anguish at the “inhuman and degrading treatment meted out to people of Jammu and Kashmir’ and sickening gang rape and beastly murder of 8-year-old-child of Kathua .
Launching the campaign “Innocence Ravaged”, Barrister Tramboo narrated the horrid ordeal of Kathua Minor at the hands of Hindu extremists, announcing that “a procedural complaint will be filed with the relevant mandates of the UN Human Rights Council, and a comprehensive report to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, followed by European Union, the Commonwealth and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation”.
Addressing the roundtable, Professor Nazir A Shawl (Chairman, South Asia Centre for Peace and Human Rights) said that it is beyond one’s imagination to understand the torture and agony of Kathua minor at the hands of Hindutva extremists.
He declared that no stone will be left unturned to raise the horrendous human rights violations issues at every international forum.
The Hurriyat leaders also addressed the gathering telephonically from the valley.
Syed Ali Shah Geelani addressing the Roundtable, explained the current climate in Kashmir, slamming the disproportionate force used by forces.
Muhammad Yasin Malik (Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front), described the “inhumane nature of the Indian brutality in Kashmir, emphasizing upon the British Government and the Commonwealth to resolve the Kashmir dispute by giving the people their right to self determination”. He underlined the desperate need to highlight the case of Kathua minor at every level, to bring justice to her family and the community.
Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressed his satisfaction over holding of regular events highlighting the ongoing human rights atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir.
He further stressed the importance of raising the issue of Kashmir across Europe and UK whilst supporting the diaspora leadership who represent the sentiments of the people of Kashmir.
He stressed upon the Kashmiri diaspora leaders to strongly raise the Kashmir issue at UN.
Asiya Andrabi, Chairperson DeM said Indian government wanted to cover up Kathua minor’s rape and murder case.
She hoped that the diaspora leadership will raise the issue at every level.
Zamrooda Habib, Chairperson Jammu Kashmir Women’s Movement, lamented ‘India’s lack of humanity toward Kathua minor”.
Councillor Riaz Bhat of Luton pledged his continued support towards the “Kashmir cause” including promotion and protection of Kashmiris’ human rights.