Karambir Kang revealed his heartbreaking memories of the attack on 26/11, when he lost his family—his wife and two small sons—while speaking at the first UN Global Congress of Victims of Terrorism to honour the victims all across the world.
“When ten terrorists attacked my nation, my city, and my hotel, the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, where I was the general manager, the entire world watched in horror. Over 34 lives had already been lost before the catastrophe began and lasted for three hard days and nights “explained Mr. Kang.
“I lost everything, including my wife and two little sons, who were unable to flee the attack and died. My staff members stood firm without any weapons, armed only with their courage and the deeply ingrained family values that the TATA and Taj group uphold. We lost many brave coworkers, but their heroic gesture saved thousands of lives that night, “Added he.
Karambir Kang continued by stating that although the terrorists who entered the hotel met their demise, those responsible for its planning, financing, and organisation are still at large.
“While our company and employees achieved recognition on a global scale, it has taken us 14 arduous and agonising years to strive to obtain justice.”
“Today I appeal upon the international community to join together to pursue justice nationally and beyond borders,” he added. “As our own act of resistance to the terrorism, we opened the hotel that was completely demolished in 21 days.”
From September 8–9, the inaugural UN Global Congress of Victims of Terrorist will be held. To honour terrorism victims everywhere, especially those who perished in the 26/11 Mumbai terror assault.
Under the direction of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the Global Congress of Terrorism Victims of the United Nations was in New York at the UN headquarters.
In a socially connected setting, this Congress will offer a forum for terrorism victims to directly express their experiences, difficulties, inspirational tales of resiliency, and contributions to larger society.
“beginning tomorrow at UN The 1st #UN Global Congress of Victims of Terrorist, which will take place 8–9 September, will pay honour to terrorism victims everywhere, especially those who lost their lives in the 26/11 Mumbai terror strikes “India tweeted from the UN.
In addition to ensuring that victims’ voices are heard and that their experiences shape the way forward in their own countries and across borders, the UN claims that the Congress will give the audience the opportunity to learn about good practises implemented by Member States and civil society organizations.
High-level guests including UN chief Guterres, Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism Vladimir Voronkov, the co-chairs of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism. The Republic of Iraq and the Kingdom of Spain. As well as other senior United Nations and international community representatives. Also will attend the opening of the Global Congress, according to an earlier official statement.
Speakers from Member States, victims, victims’ associations, United Nations agencies, civil society organisations, specialists, academia, and the commercial sector will speak in subsequent plenaries and parallel sessions.
Karambir Kang: The Global Congress’s schedule is parts into six major themes. That highlight the needs and rights of terrorism victims.
The following are the themes: Recognizing and Honoring Victims of Terrorism. Situation Analysis. The Changing Nature of Terrorism and Victims. And Protecting the Rights of Terrorism Victims. Rehabilitation, support, and aid. Addressing the rights and requirements of terrorism victims, with a focus on their unique requirements and access to justice.
Last month, UN Special Rapporteur Fionnuala Ni Aolain urged Governments. To take a human rights-based approach to dealing with terrorism victims. By expressing the human rights of all victims in a consistent and constructive manner.
Aolain made the following statement in honour of the International Day of Remembrance. And Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. “The International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism must serve as a call to action. And a reminder that commitments made to date must get complete with immediate effect to ensure the realisation of the rights of victims of terrorism.”