South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights

NEW YORK (US): Hundreds of Kashmiris and Sikhs staged separate demonstrations in front of the United Nations building when the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was addressing the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly, reports KMS.

The demonstrators urged the international community to raise its voice against human rights abuses by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir and Indian state of Punjab. The Kashmiris carrying placards and raising slogans called on the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to implement resolutions of the World Body that gave the Kashmiris the right to decide their fate by themselves. They also demanded an end to the atrocities being committed by Indian police and troops in the occupied territory.

“Implement Security Council Resolutions on Kashmir,” was one of the many placards carried by the protestors. Others included “UN Wake Up, Wake Up”, “No justice, no peace”, “Indian occupation forces: Out, out” and “We want right of self-determination.”

The speakers including Sardar Sawar Khan, Captain (Rtd) Shaheen Butt and Hafiz Sabir urged the UN to implement its own resolutions on Kashmir and to bring an end to the repression of Kashmiri people by the occupation authorities. The Sikhs, many of whom were wearing yellow turbans, were the most conspicuous. They said that India practiced sham democracy that gave no rights to the minorities.