Pakistan urges world to raise voice for oppressed Kashmiri children of IoK
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Pakistan has urged the world to raise the voice for oppressed Kashmiri children of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK).
In a statement on the occasion of Universal Children Day, the Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson urged India to immediately stop its illegal and inhuman policies and practices that are in contravention of its own obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
“On this day, we must not forget the plight of the children of IoK, bearing the brunt of Indian brutalities,” the FO spokesperson said. He pointed out that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN experts and international civil society have documented in detail the gross human rights violations committed by Indian occupation forces in IoK.
“The Indian forces are committing HR violations against unarmed children, including arbitrary detentions, blinding by use of illegal pellet guns, denial of travel abroad to families of blinded children for their treatment, difficulty in pursuing education due to prolonged curfew, and adverse impact on children’s physical and psychological health.”
The spokesperson also reaffirmed Pakistan’s strong resolve to pursue policies and programs that create opportunities and pathways for the empowerment, protection and promotion of the rights of every child in Pakistan.
He said Pakistan is fully committed to upholding its international and national obligations for the promotion and protection of the rights of the child.
The spokesperson said the premises of Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Foreign Affairs are being lit blue as a manifestation of commitment to upholding the child rights.
World Children’s Day being observed
World Children’s Day is being observed today (November 20) to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.
World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his message on the day said around the world, children are showing us their strength and leadership advocating for a more sustainable world for all. Let’s build on advances and re-commit to putting children first. For every child, every right.