Indian forces gagging voices of women rights defenders in Kashmir: Pakistan tells UN.

Pakistan Thursday urged the UN to ensure that women human rights defenders in Indian occupied Kashmir, whose voices are being systematically silenced by over 900,000 troops, can continue their legitimate work to promote and protect human rights in the disputed territory.

"Women human rights defenders are faced with enormous challenges in situations of foreign occupation, such as in Indian Occupied Kashmir," Pakistani delegate Hadeeqa Qureshi told the UN General Assembly's Third Committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural issues.

"We must respect, support, honour and acknowledge their invaluable contributions in conflict situations, including situations of foreign occupation," she said in the course of an interactive dialogue with UN's Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mary Lawlor.

Ms. Qureshi, a third secretary in the Pakistan Mission to the UN, said women human rights defenders were suffering at the hands of Indian Occupation Forces sexual and gender-based violence, enforced disappearances, torture and inhuman treatment, unlawful detentions, intimidations, stigmatization, smear campaigns, cyber-bullying, harassment and threats to their families.

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