Pakistan urges holding India accountable for sexual crimes in IoK

Pakistan urges holding India accountable for sexual crimes in IoK

Pakistan urges holding India accountable for sexual crimes in IoK

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict is being observed.

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  • International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict being observed
  • Foreign Office urged to take notice of sexual crimes in IIOJK
  • It said sexual violence has increased since August 5, 2019
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has urged the international community to take cognizance of sexual crimes against the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and hold the perpetrators of these condemnable acts accountable.

In a message on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict being observed on Sunday, the Foreign Office said the brave people of the IIOJK have been facing gross and systematic violations of human rights by the Indian occupation forces with full impunity.

“Sexual violence is one of the most heinous crimes perpetrated by the occupation forces in conflict zones, and a grave violation of both international human rights and humanitarian law,” the spokesperson said.

Rape is employed as a tool of suppression and as a means of collective punishment in IIOJK. The women, girls and children of IIOJK have witnessed the most egregious forms of sexual violence of recent times, the statement added.

The spokesperson said the Indian state machinery has perpetrated sexual violence with full impunity to silence, subjugate and stifle the people of IIOJK and stop them from demanding their legitimate right to self-determination pledged in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

However, the resilient Kashmiris remain undeterred in their just cause, the spokesperson reaffirmed, adding that since 5 August 2019, sexual violence against all genders including children has drastically increased in IIOJK.

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The spokesperson said the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in its two Kashmir reports, UN Special Procedure Mandate Holders (SPMHs) in their joint communications, international civil society and media have expressed serious concerns on the widespread sexual violence being committed by Indian occupation forces with full impunity in IIOJK and have demanded investigations by a UN Commission of Inquiry.

“Unfortunately, all these international calls for prosecution of perpetrators have been blatantly rejected by India. There remains a pervasive culture of impunity through connivance between the Indian state machinery, judiciary and the media,” the spokesperson added.

The spokesperson said the international community must take cognizance of the sexual crimes against the people of IIOJK and hold the perpetrators of these condemnable acts accountable through various mechanisms including sanctions against offenders of these grave crimes.

The spokesperson added that India must be urged to respect its international obligations and Pakistan will continue to raise its voice in favour of the oppressed and these victims of sexual violence.

The statement said it is incumbent upon the international community to rise above geo-political and economic interests and show its commitment to the UN Charter and international law in providing protection to the victims and in holding the perpetrators of sexual violence accountable.

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It said Pakistan joins the international community in commemorating the day which signifies common resolve to end all forms of violence, exploitation and human rights violations in the conflict zones.

On this Day, Pakistan reaffirms it commitment to the universality of all human rights and their equal application in conflict areas and occupied territories, it added.

 

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