Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights, has clarified that it does not represent Hurriyat or any other political opinion outside Kashmir and does not have any connections with any Kashmir Centre currently established by any government or such other elements. Clarifying the status of JKCHR Dr Syed Nazir Gilani has said that JKCHR has an international personality and has a Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of UN. In addition to its work for the protection and promotion of human rights, it works in furtherance of UN activities.
According to statement issued to a local news agency, KNS, Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights is a pre-1990 institution and has represented the unrepresented peoples and nations of the world at the UN World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna. It has addressed the Plenary and the Main Committee of the World Conference and has remained involved in arranging a dialogue between Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Late Nusrat Bhutto who were leading the respective delegations of their countries and in sponsoring Kashmiris to various international forums.
Commenting on Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s statement in reference to “Hurriyat (M) representatives in London, Brussels and Geneva”, Dr Syed Nazir Gilani Secretary General JKCHR has said that JKCHR would always increment the Rights Movement and would support the various opinions, including both factions of Hurriyat in the same manner as it has done at the Islamic Summit in Morocco, at the UN However, JKCHR has its genuine reservations in regard to the seriousness of this statement because these Centres have been adversely listed in the FBI Affidavit filed in the Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai’s case in a US Court which after a Plea Bargain has resulted in imprisonment and heavy fines as well.
JKCHR Secretary General has said that United Nations invites JKCHR every year to designate 5 (+2) representatives each for the three offices of UN in New York, Vienna and Geneva. In addition to this the chair and secretary general have special privilege for UN annual passes. UN also invites JKCHR to designate 5 representatives one each on 5 Regional Commissions, namely Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)) and Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
The five Regional Commissions are partnering with countries in their regions, with UN system agencies, funds and programs and with other regional and sub-regional stakeholders to undertake collaborative initiatives and actions. It gives JKCHR access to nearly all intergovernmental processes at the UN dealing with economic and social development, gender issues, sustainable development, small arms, and human rights
The Secretary General of the UN receives written statements from JKCHR and these are circulated in accordance with ECOSOC resolution 1996/31.
Dr Syed Nazir Gilani has said that JKCHR has a policy to increment all efforts carried out in accordance with the jurisprudence of Kashmir case, transparently and in reference to the trust of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.