‘Denial of right to self determination the biggest rights violation’
Srinagar, Dec 08: Terming the continuous denial of Right to Self Determination to the people of Kashmir by India as the biggest rights violation, the Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Party held a peaceful demonstration in south Kashmir’s Anantnag (Islamabad) in connection with the World Human Rights Day. The protest was led by the senior party leader advocate Fayaz Ahmad Sodagar and it was attended by senior party workers and office bearers.
Holding placards and banners the protesting Freedom Party workers stressed upon the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to ensure immediate release of ailing resistance leader Shabir Shah and other political prisoners of Kashmir.
The protesters impressed upon world human rights bodies and activists to address the violations taking place in nook and corner of the disputed region of Jammu Kashmir.
The protesters said that at a time when world is observing Human Rights Day, parents in Kashmir are busy thinking how to get their wards out of police lock ups. Men in uniform have made the life of people hell by arresting their wards and book them in fabricated cases.
They expressed concern over the plight of pro-freedom leaders including Shabir Shah who are languishing in jails and are denied proper medical aid and treatment. Stressing on the unconditional release of all such prisoners, the protesters said that hundreds of Kashmiris are languishing in jails only because of their political ideology.
Keeping people in jails results in lot of sufferings not only to them but their kith and kin as well, they said adding there are hundreds of instances where parents passed away but their wards were in jails and they could not take part in their parent’s last rites. How inhuman in this to keep somebody behind bars only because he is having different political ideology.
Terming the denial of right to self determination of Kashmiris as the biggest rights violation, they said that time has come when New Delhi must accept the facts related to the Kashmir dispute. They stressed upon Human Rights organisations to help Kashmiri people in fighting against the atrocities.
This, they said is the only way to get rid of the bloodshed which is going on in the disputed region since decades together.
They said that Human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir are an ongoing issue. The abuses range from mass killings, enforced disappearances, torture, rape and sexual abuse to political repression and suppression of freedom of speech.
The Indian army, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Personnel (BSF) and SOG of local police are continuously committing severe human rights abuses against Kashmiri civilians. (KNS)