Emirati Royal Sheikha Hend bint Faisal Al Qasimi, who came into the limelight for criticising islamophobia and attacks on Muslims of India, has said that Kashmir is a ‘living prison and a camp’ and questioned the silence of the international community as ‘Gaza was happening all over again’.
Sheikha Hend made these comments in an interview to news wesite TwoCicles,net.
“India is a member of the United Nations and they have commitments and there is a clear violation of human rights in Kashmir. I would understand being under lockdown for a week or a month as during the current pandemic. But Kashmir has been under lockdown for up to 8 months and how long will it continue,” she said.
“Kashmir is a living prison and a camp. It is like Gaza happening all over again except it’s worse. Internet services have still not been restored fully. Why is the international community silent about this,” she asked.
“I don’t know quite a lot about Kashmir but I know enough to say that Kashmiris are not allowed to live. There are politicians in Kashmir that have been locked up and are not allowed to speak. What use is being a representative of Kashmir if you are not even allowed to speak about their issues?” she asked.
Sheikha Hend bint Faisal Al Qasimi is an Emirati Royal of the Al Qasimi family of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, a businesswoman, and a philanthropist. She is also a peace activist.
Speaking about Indians in UAE who have been using social media for targetting Muslims in India, and celebrating the attacks, she said, “we accept everyone who comes in peace. We belong to a religion of peace. We give a chance to everyone to defend themselves. I truly believe that everyone deserves a chance to redeem themselves, correct their ways and mend their ways.”