Petition in SHRC for compensation to 2016 unrest

Srinagar: The Centre for Peace and Protection of Human Rights (CPPHR) has filed a petition before the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) to provide monetary compensation to those injured during the 2016 pro-freedom uprising.
CPPHR Chairman MM Shuja, who filed the petition, has sought from the state government a rehabilitation policy for permanently and partially disabled persons.
“The state cannot ignore or isolate the injured people. The state appears to have acted with mala fide intentions and has deliberately and wittingly abdicated its constitutional responsibility to protect the lives of unarmed civilians, and to adopt standard operational procedures (SoPs) while controlling the mob,” Shuja said in his petition.
The petitioner, who has made Principal Secretary Home and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir as the state respondents, has also sought a proper probe into the injuries that were sustained during the 2016 uprising.
“(The) refusal to grant compensation and rehabilitation to the injured victims is a gross violation of human rights by national and international law,” he said in his petition.
The petition demands that the state be directed to conduct a physical verification of all 9,042 injured victims of the 2016 unrest and a complete list be submitted to the SHRC.
“The Hon’ble Commission may kindly be pleased to get the all incidents of violence probed by the investigating agency of this Hon’ble Commission vis-à-vis use of excessive force and non-compliance of standard operation procedures (SoPs) by the armed forces during the unrest of 2016,” the petition says.