TASHKENT: OIC Foreign Ministers met at the 43rd Session here yesterday and adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in Indian held Kashmir. While upholding Kashmiris' right to self-determination in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, they reaffirmed OIC countries' unwavering support to the cause of Kashmiri people, expressed deep concern and condemned in strongest possible terms the unabated killing of Kashmiris in Indian held Kashmir.

The Foreign Ministers noted demonstrations by unarmed Kashmiris, despite curfew, in the wake of Burhan Wani's killing as referendum against India. The Foreign Ministers condemned India for illegal detention of Kashmiris, incarceration of Hurriyat Leaders in torturous conditions, and killings of Kashmiris including children. They also condemned the Handwara episode of forced detention of a minor girl and sexual assault on her by Indian police.

The Foreign Ministers rejected Indian attempts to equate the indigenous freedom movement of Kashmiris in IHK with terrorism. They paid rich tribute to the Kashmiris for the heroic struggle for their inalienable right to self-determination. They also expressed deep concern at Indian attempts to bring demographic changes in IHK by establishing colonies, forced conversions, and permanent settlement of non-Kashmiris in IHK.

They rejected the sham elections under duress as substitute of exercise of the right of self-determination of the people of Jammu & Kashmir.

The OIC Foreign Ministers denounced India's refusal to allow OIC Fact-finding Mission to IHK and called for a free and impartial inquiry into the 6,000 unmarked mass graves in IHK discovered in 2009, and bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice.