SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) on Saturday condemned the disallowing of a seminar on human rights called by it at Hyderpora here, terming the government action as “state terrorism”. It said police during raids arrested several leaders.
In connection with the World Human Rights Day, the JRL had called a seminar on ‘‘Human Rights Violations in Kashmir and Criminal Silence of World Community’, on Saturday at Tehreek-e-Hurriyat headquarters Hyderpora, Srinagar.
Condemning the disallowing of seminar, the JRL said at a time when the world was observing human rights day, the administration in Kashmir is reluctant to allow peaceful programme and forces in Kashmir are committing “massive violations of human rights”.
“Since Saturday morning, all roads leading to the venue in Hyderpora locality were blocked by police (and) many activists and journalists were turned away,” the statement issued by JRL said, adding, “Police placed Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest while as the residence of Muhammad Yasin Malik (who has gone into hiding) was raided. Several Hurriyat leaders were also put under house detention to foil the seminar.”
This action has proved that government’s tall claims about democracy are hoax, the JRL said.
The JRL reiterated its call for a complete shutdown and blackout on December 10 in view of the International Human Rights Day.
“On Dec 10, the International Human Rights Day, Kashmiris will observe a complete shutdown and blackout against gross human rights violations in Kashmir Valley. A protest rally will be taken out from Lal Chowk towards UN Observers Office at Sonwar. People (should) join the peaceful march,” the JRL said.