Protest against India held outside UNHCR office in Geneva

Islamabad: Kashmiri Diaspora from across Europe descended on the Office of the United Nations in Geneva to thank the UN high commissioner for its historic report that propelled Kashmir to the forefront of international agenda at Human Rights Council, says a message landing the AJK desk of this correspondent on Thursday.

The Kashmiris also protested against the Indian occupation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir demanding right to self determination. The protesters demanded the commission of Inquiry to be established as requested by the UN high commissioner. Protesters raised slogans against Indian atrocities that were detailed by the UN for the first time, the message said.

The Kashmir delegation members attending ongoing 38th session of UN Human Rights Council in Genevan including Altaf Hussain Wani. Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Mrs. Shamim Shawl, Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan, Hassan Bana, Advocate Pervez Shah, Ahmed Quraishi, besides other Kashmiri leaders from AJK including Pervez Ashraf as well as across Europe including Mian Aslam, Mohammad Ajmal, Chaudhry Rasheed, Maqsood, and Raja Haroon also addressed the rally.

“It’s a refreshing change. We used to come here to protest UN silence and Indian atrocities. Today, we came to thank the United Nations”, speakers said while addressing the protestants. They referred to the first ever report of UN HRC describing it as the outcome of the-efforts of Kashmiri delegations persistent advocacy abroad especially in the western world.

The huge demonstration was held at the Broken Chair Square in front of the Palace of the Nations, which is the UN office in Geneva, the message said.

John Howarth, Member of European Parliament, flew in from Brussels to join the Kashmiris in a mark of support for the Kashmir movement for self-determination under UN Security Council resolutions. Also participating in the protest were members of Kashmir Delegation to Human Rights Council, representing Azad Jammu Kashmir and Indian-occupied Jammu Kashmir.

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