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Indo-American Kashmir Forum Recognizes World Human Rights Day PDF Print
Sunday, 10 December 2006 00:00

Naperville, IL: The Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF, www.iakf.org) today recognized World Human Rights day as set forth by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 when it adopted its Universal Declaration of Human Rights. IAKF supported a demonstration in suburban Chicago, IL. This demonstration was coordinated with a similar event at Jantar-Mantar, New Delhi, India, as part of the movement Roots In Kashmir (RIK), which was started in India by displaced Kashmiri Pandit youth to highlight the atrocities inflicted upon the Kashmiri Hindu minority community in the valley of Kashmir. 

The Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF, www.iakf.org) today recognized World Human Rights day as set forth by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 when it adopted its Universal Declaration of Human Rights. IAKF supported a demonstration in suburban Chicago, IL. This demonstration was coordinated with a similar event at Jantar-Mantar, New Delhi, India, as part of the movement Roots In Kashmir (RIK), which was started in India by displaced Kashmiri Pandit youth to highlight the atrocities inflicted upon the Kashmiri Hindu minority community in the valley of Kashmir.

The Roots In Kashmir movement is prefaced on the failure of successive Indian Union and State governments in protecting the human rights of the Kashmiri Hindu community, the original inhabitants of the Kashmir valley. It also believes that various Human Rights organizations have failed in highlighting the human rights violations against the minority community in the Kashmir valley. To escape persecution, more than 400,000 Kashmiri Hindus had to leave their homes back in the valley. Even after 16 years after mass exodus, more than 50,000 of these Kashmiri Hindu refugees are living in variably poor conditions in dismal refugee camps.

To alleviate the issues being faced by the ethnically cleansed minority community of Kashmiri Hindus, Roots In Kashmir has suggested some key initiatives to the government of India. The key initiatives fall into five major categories:

  1. Setting up of a commission to inquire into the causes behind Kashmiri Hindus’ ethnic cleansing from the valley;
  2. Declaration of Kashmiri Hindus as Internally Displaced People;
  3. Constituting a rehabilitation committee that will look into the financial, economical and political rehabilitation of Kashmiri Hindus;
  4. Explore mechanisms for providing adequate means of subsistence to the relocated persons, and proper compensation to the affected people for the loss of their property and the mental torture they have been subjected to; and
  5. Setting up prosecutorial processes to prosecute all those who have engaged into ethnic cleansing of the minority community of Kashmiri Hindus.

Roots In Kashmir considers it to be its moral and humanistic duty to advise the Human Right bodies and the powers that concern to draw a blue print for return, rehabilitation and re-integration of internally displaced Kashmiri Hindus strictly in accordance with the study, research, analysis and recommendations of the United Nations through its subsidiary bodies. In particular, the report of the representative of the Secretary-General on IDPs, the Special Rapporteur on Minorities, and also of Mr. Asbjorn Eide the Chairman of the Working Group on Minorities - the important subsidiary of the UN Commission on Human Rights – that has defined the Hindus as a clear example of “reverse minority”, should form the basis of the blue print for Hindus’ return. The blue print needs to be implemented only when de-communalization of Kashmir is brought about.

 

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