Bar to urge int’l rights’ bodies to visit Kashmir

Bar to urge int’l rights’ bodies to visit Kashmir

Contest claims by SMHS hospital over treatment to those having eye injuries
Srinagar: Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Wednesday decided to request Amnesty International, Asia Watch and other Human rights organizations to visit Kashmir Valley where more than fifty people have been killed and over 2200 others in action by the government forces since Hizb commander Burhan Wani’s death on July 8.
“They (human rights bodies) were visiting the state in the past occasionally, but have now stopped coming to Kashmir, shall be requested to send their teams to Kashmir, so as to see for themselves, as to how the human rights violations at mass scale are taking place in Kashmir and how people are being killed with bullets and blinded with pellets and the people of the world are watching the same as mute spectators,” a spokesman of the lawyers body said in a statement issued here after a meeting of its members.
“It was also decided to request the people of Kashmir, as advised by Secretary General of the Security Council, to send their complaints regarding Human Rights violations which are taking place in the State, directly to UN Human Rights Council through Stephen Dujarric, Spokesman of Secretary General, UNHQ, Room S-233, New York NY – 10017, e-mail dujarric@un.org, Tele +1212 9636172, SK Stepdujarric, so that UNO and its members will come to know, about the happenings in Kashmir and will see as to how India is engaged in a systematic genocide of the people in Kashmir and for suppressing their voice people are being killed by bullets and blinded by pellets.”
In order to ensure supply of medicines and other daily essentials to the people, the lawyers body decided to request the medical shop owners and other shopkeepers to provide the medicine and other essentials to the people on cost to cost basis, without making any profit from them, so that they are able to sustain themselves.
In the meanwhile, a nine member team of the Bar headed by its president M. A. Qayoom visited SMHS Hospital Srinagar and interacted with 45 persons, who had received pellet gun injuries.
“All these injured persons told the Bar team that the hospital authorities are not providing them proper treatment and they have either lost or about to lose their eye sight completely,” the spokesman said, adding that said that the hospital authorities were falsely stating that they have enough faculty staff to treat the patients and that they are providing them medicines free of cost. “The eye surgeons, who have been brought from Bombay are unable to conduct surgeries on them, because there is only one ‘retina surgery bed’ available in the operation theatre, on which only one patient can be operated in a day,” the spokesman added.
The Bar has decided to bring the facts before High Court who has already seized of the matter in a PIL filed by J&K People’s Forum.
“It has also been decided to file a separate petition for banning the use of ‘Pallet Guns’ by seeking the reversal and recalling of the order passed on 30.10.2013,” the spokesman added.

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