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OIC urges UNHRC to effectively address HR violations in Kashmir, Palestine
September 16, 2020

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The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has urged the UN Human Rights Council to effectively address the systematic" human rights violations of the people suffering from long-running disputes in Palestine, Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Myanmar and Nagorno-Karabakh.

In a statement delivered on behalf of OIC in Geneva, Pakistan's Ambassador Khalil Hashmi said that the OIC remains deeply concerned on the growing incidents of xenophobia, Islamophobia and religious intolerance, resulting in denigration of venerated religious personalities and symbols.

He further said that recent incidents of re-publication of blasphemous caricatures by French magazine Charlie Hebdo and burning of the religious text and ridiculing religious personalities constitute grave incitement to violence.

The Ambassador said there is no justification for such acts, invoking the right to freedom of expression.

He said the OIC has called upon all stakeholders to speak out against these deliberate acts of provocation that have no basis under international human rights law and culprits behind such acts must be held to account and brought to justice.

Voicing concern over the deteriorating human rights situation in the illegally Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the OIC called on all concerned to ensure the protection of the people's basic rights and fundamental freedoms.

The OIC statement further said that we also urge the Council to implement the recommendations contained in the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’s two reports on Jammu and Kashmir.

The OIC also reminds the international community of its obligations to ensure the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir and fulfill the promises made to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.