The Geneva Council welcomes the endorsement by a prominent Kashmiri leader of South Africa’s recent legal move to hold Israel accountable for alleged genocidal acts in Gaza. Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Chairman of the World Forum for Peace & Justice, has underscored the significance of this initiative as a crucial step towards addressing human rights abuses committed against civilians.
In a statement released on Sunday, Dr. Fai expressed optimism that the filing of applications at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) would bring attention to and unveil the alleged human rights violations. He urged the global community to share the outrage felt by the affected regions and emphasized the importance of addressing similar patterns of atrocities in Kashmir, where 900,000 Indian forces act with impunity.
Dr. Fai highlighted the magnitude of human rights atrocities in Kashmir, surpassing those in regions such as Kosovo, Bosnia, Sierra Leone, and East Timor, which prompted international interventions. The Geneva Council echoes Dr. Fai’s concerns about the silence of world powers and the United Nations on the matter, emphasizing that previous moral suasion against apartheid in South Africa should serve as a precedent.
Drawing attention to Dr. Gregory Stanton, President of Genocide Watch, and his 2021 warning about extreme persecution and the potential for genocide in Kashmir due to Indian government actions, Dr. Fai regretted the lack of a global response to this alarming situation.
Expressing concern, Dr. Fai pointed out the virtual immunity provided by Indian law to any form of war crime against humanity committed in Kashmir. He questioned whether common Kashmiris were considered less human than people of other nations.
The Geneva Council stands in solidarity with Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai and the World Forum for Peace & Justice, supporting their call for accountability and justice in the face of alleged human rights abuses. The Council urges the international community to take note of these concerns and work towards ensuring transparency and justice in regions facing similar challenges.