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Geneva, September 09 (KMS): The Chairman of International Council for Human Rights (ICHR) and the European Director of International Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IHRAAM), Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, has hailed the report of an independent expert, Alfred de Zayas, recommending the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to put the self-determination on its agenda.Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, in a statement issued in Geneva, said that the report of Alfred de Zayas, Independent Expert for the Promotion of Equitable and Democratic International Order, would be presented tomorrow (Tuesday) to the 24th session of the UNHRC that begins, today, in Geneva.He said that in pursuit of his mandate, Alfred de Zayas, had undertaken various activities associated with his mandate.

Referring to the expert consultation meeting on global enforcement mechanisms and means to achieve an international order, Barrister Tramboo pointed out that IHRAAM & ICHR were part of that process.

Expressing his views on the “Recommendation to the Council”, Barrister Tramboo overwhelmingly endorsed it. “The Independent Expert notes that the self-determination item was a permanent item on the agenda of the Council on Human Rights. Bearing in mind that self-determination is a pillar of the Charter and that it has not been achieved by many indigenous peoples, minorities, unrepresented peoples, and peoples under occupation, the Council should resume consideration of self-determination as part of items 3 and 4 of its agenda,” he added.

Barrister Tramboo applauded the independent expert for recommending the Council to consider holding a workshop on self-determination and genuine participation. A democratic deficit is ultimately a deficit in self-determination, he stated.

He urged the UNHRC members and the civil society to support the recommendation of Alfred de Zayas that the Council should consider recommending to the General Assembly to bring specific legal questions concerning self-determination, war, peace, democracy, corporate social responsibility and debt cancellation to the International Court of Justice for advisory opinions.

Barrister Tramboo pointed out that the post-colonial military occupations had resulted in even greater threats to peace, as evidenced in the egregious situations of unrepresented peoples and nations, particularly those suffering ongoing foreign occupations, of which Palestine and Kashmir were classic instances. These conflicts involve gross human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity, with the peoples concerned facing torture, mass disappearances, extra-judicial killings, and genocide, he added.

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