Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center has expressed satisfaction on the adoption of the Washington declaration during the concluding session of the conference. Here is the text of the Declaration.
The Washington Declaration
The 10th International Kashmir Peace Conference
The 10th International Conference on Kashmir held on 23-24 July 2009 in Washington D.C. under the auspices of the Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center, and the Association of Humanitarian Lawyer at the United States Congress resolves as follows:
Sixty-two years of irresolution have witnessed conditions of militarization and inhumanity endured by the peoples of Indian-administered Kashmir, and the violation of their inalienable right to self-determination.
Whereas, we note:
The commitment to resume composite dialogue between India and Pakistan.
That the violation of promises, laws, and conventions in international humanitarian law, and the enforcement of draconian laws and policies, empower the security apparatus of the Government of India to act with impunity.
That the egregious violations of humanitarian norms have induced a culture of crisis.
That militarization has induced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, unlawful detentions, torture, phenomenon of half-widows, orphans, displacement, migrations, and mass graves…
That non-violent, civil disobedience, including the prolific agitation of 2008 and 2009, enacted by the people of Kashmir has been repeatedly met with brutal force and collective punishment by the Indian state.
We urge that:
That the United States Congress persuade the US Administration to support the appointment of a special United Nations envoy to Kashmir.
We remain convinced that the people of Jammu and Kashmir constitute the principle stakeholders, and that:
Democratic, peaceable resolution demands conformity with the United Nations Charter, to end the state of impunity, and restore individual, civil, political, and legal rights of the people.
The cessation of militarization and human rights violations, and the implementation of justice take place expeditiously.
The inalienable right to self-determination of peoples of Jammu and Kashmir, as it stood on 14 August 1947, be recognized and instituted.
The drafting committee composed of the following members:
Mr. Ved Bhasin; Prof. Angana Chatterji, Mr. Gautam Navlakha, Mr. Zahid G. Mohammad; Mr. Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah; Dr. Najib Naqi, Mr. Jatender Bakshi; Dr. Ghulam N. Mir and Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai (Host)
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