Probe India’s role in enforced disappearances; Mirwaiz tells UN

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Saturday appealed the United Nations and other international human rights organisations to  probe India’s role in thousands of cases of enforced disappearances in Kashmir.
“It is the responsibility of International community and Human rights organizations to bring the truth regarding nine thousand people who were subjected to enforced disappearances by the government forces in Kashmir besides also unraveling the facts about thousands of unmarked graves dotting the Kashmiris landscape,”
Mirwaiz, according to a statement, said . He said that international community was adopting  “double standards” regarding HR violations in Kashmir.
“Kashmir is heavily militarized region and coercion is being employed to oppress Kashmiris to unsuccessfully prevent them from demanding the right to self determination, which has led to gross HR violations on daily basis,” he added.
“Kashmiri prisoners in jails are treated inhumanly while government forces ,equipped with black laws,  suppress Kashmiris. It has become a routine that peaceful protesters are arrested, tortured and booked in severe cases to break the resolve of Kashmiris,” he added.
He appealed the UN to play its role in ending the “state- sponsored terrorism and solve the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris.
Meanwhile, the amalgam strongly condemned the nocturnal raids in down town, ransacking houses, and harassing families terming it as a worst form of “state sponsored terrorism”.
“Police conducted nocturnal raids in Nowhatta and surrounding areas to arrest the youth and their family members were also harassed and many parents were arrested in place of the youths,” said the spokesman.

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