Srinagar, December 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, on the occasion of World Human
Rights Day, today, Kashmir witnessed protests, rallies, sit-ins, marches, seminars, meetings and signature campaigns to record their protest against the rights violations by India in the territory.Protests were held by various pro-freedom groups and social organizations. Protestors demanded an immediate end to rights abuses and restoration of social security and justice to all.
Protestors, assembled at Press Enclave under various banners, raised pro-justice and pro-freedom slogans, demanding immediate end to the human right violations in the Valley.
Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement led by its Chief Farida Behanji held a protest demonstrations at Press Enclave in Srinagar. The participants said that the protest was to impress upon International community about the worst human rights situation in Kashmir.
Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) also held a sit-in at Press enclave here.
Reports about protests were also received from other districts of the Valley.
Police foiled Er Rashid’s protest rally in Srinagar.
Er Rashid was carrying a cow, horse and goat with the banner in their necks that read: “I am Sangh Parivar’s cow, I am more secure than Kashmiris, I am Rashtrapati Bhavan’s horse, I am more secure than Kashmiris, I am Mahatma Gandhi’s goat, I am more secure than Kashmiris.” Police detained Er Rashid along with the domestic animals and scores of supporters as they tried to march towards busy Lal Chowk.
Meanwhile, Hurriyet AJK leaders including Mir Tahir Masood, Syed Faiz Naqhbandi, Syed Yousuf Naseem, Aijaz Rehmani, Manzoorul Haq Butt and Muhammad Shafi Dar submitted a a memorandum to the UN office in Islamabad asking the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to facilitate settlement of the Kashmir dispute.
Indian troops killed 94,290 Kashmiris since january 1989 in IOK
In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism martyred 94,290 innocent Kashmiris, including 7,038 in custody since January 1989 till date.
A report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of the World Human Rights Day, today, revealed that these killings rendered 22,806 women widowed and 107,545 children orphaned.
The report said that the troops molested or disgraced 10,167 women and damaged 106,050 residential houses and other structures. It maintained that Indian troops and police subjected over 8,000 people to custodial disappearance in the period.
The report pointed out that during the past seven years alone, Indian police arrested thousands of young boys, youth, students and Hurriyet leaders including Masarrat Aalam Butt, who continues to languish in jails under draconian law Public Safety Act.
World appealed to fulfill its obligations on Kashmir
The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has so far spent 235 days in house detention during the current year, and he has not been allowed to offer Juma prayers during the period. Other leaders including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Zafar Akbar Butt, Aasiya Andrabi and others were put under detention either in houses or in jails, and were not allowed to carry on political activities.
Meanwhile, Hurriyet leaders in their statements in Srinagar have appealed to the United Nations to resolve the Kashmir dispute for peace in the world.
In occupied Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL), Mukhtar Ahmad Waza has said that India is committing grave rights violations in the territory.
Mukhtar Ahmad Waza addressing a seminar at Raj Bagh in Srinagar said that the so-called democratic face of India had been exposed to the international community after resorting massive arrests, killings, massacres and other human rights violations.Referring to the World Human Rights day, he urged the role of world community to help stop abuses in the territory. He said that Indian forces had mostly victimized children in Kashmir.
“Glaring example of how Indian forces victimized children and killed them is 2010 when forces killed over 100 persons, mostly teenagers, for staging peaceful protests,” Waza said and urged the international community to help ensure safety of children in Kashmir.
Speakers at a seminar appealed to the world community to take serious notice of the gross human rights violations being perpetrated by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir.
The seminar was organised by Voice of Victims in Muzaffarabad , today, on the occasion of World Human Rights Day which was presided over by the Voice of Victms Chairman , Altaf Ahmad Bhat. AJK Minister Abdul Majid Khan, Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl, Advocate Pervez Ahmad Shah, Walid Rasool, Raja Sajid and others were among the speakers.
They also demanded the release of all illegally Kashmiri detainees and withdrawal of Indian troops from the territory. They were unanimous in demanding of the United Nations and human rights organizations to prevail upon India to repeal all black laws including Armed Forces Special Powers Act from occupied Kashmir.
The speakers said that India had imposed complete ban on peaceful political struggle for right to self-determination in the occupied territory. Therefore, they urged the United Nations to make it clear to India that in it was difficult to find out political settlement of the Kashmir dispute with such Indian attitude. They also expressed grave concern over unbridled human rights violations against women and complained that the perpetrators of the crimes against women were not brought to book.
They urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to appoint a representative to monitor the human rights situation in the territory. The speakers also asked the world human rights organisations to mount pressure on India for carrying out impartial investigation into the mass graves to ascertain the identity of those buried in mass graves.
Zafar Butt urges UNCHR to probe HR violations in IOK
In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leader and the Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) Chairman, Zafar Akbar Butt, has urged the United Nations Council for Human Rights (UNCHR) to probe the human rights violations being committed by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir.
He addressed protest rallies at Chadoora, Budgam and Srinagar on the occasion of International Human Rights Day against the rights abuses perpetrated by Indian forces in the territory.Zafar Akbar Butt, talking to media at the Press Colony in Srinagar, said that due to deployment of Indian forces, people of Kashmir were witnessing the worst kind of human rights abuses including massacres, killings, torture and disappearances and stressed the end to human rights abuses in Kashmir.
Zafar Akbar Butt said that the systematic rights abuses were being perpetrated by the forces to crush the peaceful ongoing freedom struggle but would not succeed in their nefarious designs.
“Six teenagers have been tortured and imprisoned at Pampore in police station while a cleric was booked under draconian law Public Safety Act (PSA) for leading the funerals of a martyr that was his religious obligation,” Zafar deplored.
He sought the intervention of UNHRC for bringing an end to the state terrorism and human rights violations being perpetrated by the forces.
Zafar along party activists including Rather Abdul Qayoom, Imtiyaz Ahmad, Ahmad Salfi, Molvi Rafiq, Merajuddin, Javed Ahmad, Nazir Ahmad. Muzaffar Malik and Mushtaq Ahmad participated in protest the rally and raised slogans against India and its forces for committing grave human rights abuses in Kashmir.
The JKSM women wing led by its Secretary Ruqaya Baji also organised a protest demonstration at the Press Colony on the occasion of International Human Rights Day.
Hurriyet leaders, activists arrested in Srinagar
In occupied Kashmir, Indian police arrested Hurriyet leaders including Farida Bahenji and Molvi Bashir Ahmad and Abdul Rasheed along with several women activists during an anti-India demonstration in Srinagar, today.
The police took the Hurriyet leaders and activists into custody when they were holding the demonstration at Press Colony in Srinagar on the World Human Rights Day, today. The demonstration was aimed at drawing the attention of international community towards the gross human rights violations perpetrated by Indian troops in the occupied territory.Meanwhile, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik, continued his hunger strike at the party headquarters in Srinagar on the second consecutive day, today, against human rights abuses in occupied Kashmir.
Indian police arrested Hurriyet leaders including Farida Bahenji and Molvi Bashir Ahmad and Abdul Rasheed along with several women activists during an anti-India demonstration in Srinagar, today.
The police took the Hurriyet leaders and activists into custody when they were holding the demonstration at Press Colony in Srinagar on the World Human Rights Day, today. The demonstration was aimed at drawing the attention of international community towards the gross human rights violations perpetrated by Indian troops in the occupied territory.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik, continued his hunger strike at the party headquarters in Srinagar on the second consecutive day, today, against human rights abuses in occupied Kashmir.
UN has failed Kashmiris: Mirwaiz
In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that successive regimes in the territory during the past six decades crushed the people and encouraged the Indian forces to commit human rights violations.
Addressing a seminar, ‘Human Rights Violations in Kashmir – Indifference of International Community’ organized by APHC’s human rights wing in connection with the World Human Rights Day in Srinagar, the Mirwaiz said that successive regimes that ruled Kashmir from time to time were responsible for the worst human rights violations in the territory.He stated that the so-called Kashmir Assembly had always been anti-people. “This institution was used as a tool against the people from time to time as draconian laws like TADA, POTA, PSA and AFSPA were passed.” He pointed out that pro-India parties had always acted as stooges of New Delhi in Kashmir.
The APHC Chairman said, “It is unfortunate to see the United Nations adopting double standards in dealing with the human rights violations across the globe. There is one yardstick for Afghanistan, Syria, and Palestine and another for East Timor and South Sudan. The fact remains that UN is a failed institution that dances to the tunes of the United States,” he said.
“The UN has failed Kashmiris. We have been facing the worst kind of human rights abuses over the past 26 years and this institution has failed to play its role.” He said Kashmir has seen disappearances of over 9,000 people besides more than 6,500 unmarked grave.
He urged India to exhibit a realistic approach on Kashmir. “New Delhi should understand that it is not an issue that could be pushed under the carpet but realize that it is a political issue that calls for a political solution and a human issue that calls for understanding the sufferings of humans,” the APHC Chairman said.
India not serious about resolving Kashmir dispute: Yasin Malik
In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that the Indian is only involved in confrontation and is not serious about resolving the Kashmir dispute.
Muhammad Yasin Malik addressing a press conference in Srinagar today, while commenting the joint statement of Indian Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart said, “We have never been against dialogue. In fact, we firmly believe that all the pending issues of the world can be settled through dialogue. However, the primary parties to the disputes need to be taken on board.”The JKLF chief, who is on hunger strike against human rights violations in Srinagar, said, “History is testimony to the fact that hundreds of rounds of dialogue on Kashmir in the past seventy years between India and Pakistan have failed because the people of Kashmir were not taken aboard.” Yasin Malik said, the people of Kashmir now doubt any dialogue process between the two counties on Kashmir. He said the new government at Delhi is only involved in confrontation and is not serious about resolving the Kashmir dispute. They have left out the Kashmiris from the process and therefore this process is not acceptable to Kashmiris, he said.
“We are not ready to accept any solution that will be declared to us via radio or television. We are a primary party to the dispute and only our involvement will help for a satisfying and durable solution of the issue of Kashmir.” Yasin Malik said our youth have laid their lives for this cause. “Our graveyards in every nook and corner of the valley are filled with the martyrs. We won’t let their sacrifices go waste,” he said.
Malik also said that the leadership of the territory and that from across the border will be taken on board and will march towards the Line of Control.
He warned the puppet regime that if these tactics are not stopped, “we will mobilise people and March towards LOC and also ask the people from that side to march towards LOC.”