Kashmir's Call: A Global Imperative for Human Rights Accountability Post 5th August

Authors

  • Nadia Sajjad
  • Farwa Batool

Abstract

The issue of Kashmir, a princely state, has been on the international stage since 1948 when it was brought to the United Nations for resolution. Despite UN resolutions from 1948-1956, the situation remains unresolved, and Kashmiris continue to wait for a peaceful and independent Kashmir through a free and fair plebiscite. The annexation of Kashmir by the Indian government on August 5, 2019, marked a significant turning point, likened to an Israeli-style colonialism. This move is viewed as a brutal and forceful occupation of the 12 million people in the region. The actions taken by India are considered a violation of the UN Charter and resolutions, challenging the human rights situation in the region. However, it is emphasized that such actions will not alter the reality that Jammu & Kashmir remains an internationally recognized disputed territory. The residents of Indian Occupied Kashmir are enduring a harsh reality, including winter snow, the ongoing corona pandemic, detentions, and human rights violations. This study aims to shed light on the roles and responsibilities of the international community, particularly in addressing the post-August 5, 2019, situation in Kashmir. The dire circumstances faced by the 12 million inhabitants make it imperative for the international community to intervene. The unrest in Kashmir not only affects the region but also the people within Kashmir itself. The study underscores the importance of amplifying the voices and addressing the sacrifices made by the community. The international community, especially the United Nations, has a crucial role in implementing its own resolutions and holding India accountable for its annexation. World powers, human rights agencies, and various economic and military organizations are urged to take effective roles in resolving the Kashmir conflict. The study advocates for the international community to provide good offices, mediation services, and dialogue forums between India and Pakistan. Additionally, it suggests that measures such as economic sanctions or banning India from certain markets could be significant steps in influencing a positive change in the Kashmir situation. Overall, the study emphasizes the responsibility of the international community in facilitating a resolution to the Kashmir conflict and ensuring the rights and aspirations of the people are acknowledged and respected.

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Published

2024-01-22

How to Cite

Nadia Sajjad, & Farwa Batool. (2024). Kashmir’s Call: A Global Imperative for Human Rights Accountability Post 5th August. International Journal of Kashmir Studies, 5(2). Retrieved from http://ojs.kprijk.org/index.php/openjournalsystem/article/view/132