Srinagar, June 20, 2016 (PPI-OT):Speakers at a seminar, while pleading for restoration of all fundamental freedoms of Kashmiri people, have appealed to the international community to take notice of the prevailing situation in the territory.
The seminar was held on challenges faced by Kashmir women on the sidelines of the ongoing UNHRC session. The event was organized by International Muslim Women’s Union and WURN.
A distinguished panel of experts spoke on the subject. The panel consisted of Professor Alferd de Zyas, Independent expert on promotion of international order, Dr Iqtedar Cheema, Director Institute of Leadership and Management UK, Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor Kashmir Times, Shamim Shawl, representative International Muslim Women Union, Lois A. Herman Women UN report network. Wurn Coordinator, Zamrooda Habib…Kashmir human rights defender and Sadia Mir Wurn Wurn EU gender policy specialist, Shugufta Ashraf, lecturer, Kashmir University. Professor Alfred de Zyas, speaking on the occasion, referred to the sufferings of women in a conflict situation. The challenges of Kashmiri women for security, rights and peace are also similar. It was important to coordinate with different NGOs and groups for building an effective voice for conflict resolution through self determination.
Dr Cheema said that women in conflict zones are punished because they are deemed as the prized honour of the society. India is trying to kill the will of the people of Kashmir by humiliating their women. Kashmir has a legal and political dimension. India is not acknowledging the ground reality. It is not responding to the voice of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “We will continue to raise our concern till this South Asian quagmire is addressed according to the aspirations of the people”, he added.
Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal, a veteran human rights activist, stressed the need to write extensively on the issues of human rights, communalism ,borders and landmines. She informed the impact of landmines in Kashmir. She is also associated with the fact finding mission on human rights violations, Shopian murders and rapes that were committed in 2009 are also being investigated through these missions. She lamented that Indian judicial system failed to provide justice to the affectees. She pleaded for a just and honourable life for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Lois in her presentation said that widows and half widows constitute a big challenge and that her organisation will support these Kashmiri women.
Shamim Shawl in her speech focused on women issues, their security and particularly their responsibility of their children who are most affected by the conflict due to the heaviest military presence in Jammu and Kashmir. These children were not safe in their homes, schools and playgrounds.
Zamruda Habib spoke on spike about the trauma and human rights violations that are being faced by the women in particular and all other people living in the territory that has been classified as the “Paradise in Prison.” She also referred to the atrocities committed on the youth of Kashmir. She pleaded for restoration of all fundamental freedoms and appealed to the international community to take notice of the prevailing situation. The session was moderated by Shugufta Ashraf.
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