Cricketer Nayeem Bhat remembered in UNHRC’s 32nd session

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SRINAGAR: Nayeem Bhat-a 21-year old cricketer from Handwara who was killed by government forces a couple of months ago, was remembered at the United Nations in a special event dedicated to him during UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) 32nd session, a statement from the organisers of the event said. 

The World Muslim Congress and the International Kashmir Lobby Group YFK jointly organized the event at the Palais des Nations. 

According to the statement, this was the first time that an entire side event was dedicated to one man from Kashmir.

Titled, “The Story of A Promising Sportsman Killed By Indian Army In Kashmir”, the event started with a 20-minute presentation by Kashmir lobbyist Ahmed Quraishi. 

The presentation, the statement said,  included a 3-minute heart-rendering short video report on the last day in the life of Nayeem Bhat, who, according to the family, was killed while shopping for grocery on April 12. 

“International human rights activists and defenders listened intently in the hall as the film, titled Indian Bullet For a Kashmiri Cricketer, written by Quraishi and produced by Waqar Malik, garnered sympathy for Bhat, who was 21 when killed by India,” the statement read. 

“The reason we are dedicating this event to Naeem Bhat is because his case has implications for education in conflict zones and disputed territories worldwide,” said Quraishi. 

Daniela Donges, president of Scales for Justice, a Geneva-based NGO, presented three cases from Palestinian territories where young Palestinian men and women were killed by Israeli army. 

The landmark event was chaired by Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, from Srinagar, and Ishtiyaq Hameed, from Anantnag, both Kashmiri freedom leaders. 

The eight-member Kashmir Delegation for UNHRC’s 32nd session consists of Altaf Hussain Wani-Delegation leader and senior Kashmir freedom leader, senior APHC leader-Syed Faiz Naqshbandi and Ishtiyaq Hameed, senior Kashmir freedom leader Mir Tahir Masood, senior woman Kashmiri leader Shamim Shawl, Ahmed Quraishi-Executive Director Youth Forum For Kashmir (YFK); an international Kashmir Lobbying Group, Prof. Shagufta Ashraf-human rights defender working with women & children and Zartasha Niazi-human rights defender.

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