Srinagar: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir held a meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday.
Pakistan’s Geneva mission to the UN said in a series of tweets that the Ambassadors met virtually with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to communicate their concerns on the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
The group comprised Azerbaijan, Niger, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan and the OIC Geneva Mission.
“The group urged High Commissioner Bachelet to continue monitoring and reporting on Jammu and Kashmir based on grave human rights situation there and briefed her on ministerial meetings of contact Group and resolutions on J&K adopted at OIC Summits and foreign minister-level meets,” it said.
“The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) documented that human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir have worsened in the last year, characterized by excessive use of force including pellet guns, home demolitions, civilians’ imprisonment, torture, demographic engineering etc,” read another tweet.
“Both OHCHR and OIC remain seized of the grave human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” it added.
Earlier this year, the OIC Contact Group on J&K held an emergency foreign ministerial meeting via videoconference on June 22 to discuss the latest situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Contact Group reaffirmed the continued support for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and called on the United Nations Secretary-General to use his good offices to make India abide by the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) resolutions and engage in dialogue to calm the situation in the region.
It also called on India to halt security operations against the people of Jammu and Kashmir immediately, respect basic human rights, refrain from changing the demographic structure of the disputed territory, and settle the conflict under the relevant UNSC’s resolutions.