Human Rights Minister Dr. Shireen Mazari has urged the United Nations (UN) to form a commission of inquiry on India’s violations in Indian occupied Kashmir by using cluster bombs on innocent civilians across the Line of Control (LoC).
Mazari in her letter strongly condemned India’s ruling party revocation of the special constitutional status of IoK under Article-370 of Indian constitution through a presidential order and said India’s move is against all norms and international law along with UNSC resolutions.
“I would like to bring to your attention the use of cluster bombs by the State of India on July 30 and 31, targeting civilians in Neelum Valley, across the LoC, in violation of international law. A four-year-old boy was one of the four reported casualties of the attack, while at least eleven others were injured. Pakistan and India are both States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons which may be deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to have Indiscriminate Effects, without any reservations. From the very design of cluster bombs, it is clear that these weapons are intended to be used against broader military targets,” Mazari said in her letter.
The minister urged OHCHR to immediately take note and act on the new Indian government’s policy of increasing the military action against Kashmiris in Indian occupied Kashmir.
HR Minister Dr @ShireenMazari1 today wrote a letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Michelle Bachelet on Indian use of cluster munitions across LOC and Indian occupation forces violence against Kashmiris in IOK.@pid_gov @RadioPakistan @PTVNewsOfficial @OHCHRAsia pic.twitter.com/IhLBEqQyMK
— Ministry of Human Rights (@mohrpakistan) August 5, 2019
“Without the establishment of such a Commission, human rights abuses in Kashmir will continue to go on unchecked, prolonging the suffering and oppression of the Kashmiri people. I request your Office to immediately take note and act on the new Indian government’s policy of increasing the military action against Kashmiris in Indian occupied Kashmir,” the letter concluded.