Srinagar: Welcoming the OHCHR report on human rights violations in Kashmir, Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said on Thursday that the report is much delayed but serves an important purpose.
“Although much delayed, it (the report) has recognized the grave human rights violations by the state especially during the last thirty years in Kashmir,” Mirwaiz said in a statement.
Mirwaiz said that the exhaustive and detailed report by the world body reflects the ground situation of Kashmir and details how the people here are denied all freedoms and justice.
Mirwaiz said the demand for a Commission of Inquiry into these violations is not only the need of the hour but long overdue, as the UN owes it to the subjugated people of Kashmir. “UN has a moral obligation to the people of J&K as the promises made to us by it have so far not been fulfilled,” he said.
Appreciating the efforts and bold leadership of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussain, Mirwaiz said the office of OHCHR despite non-cooperation from the Indian government was able to prepare this report.
Mirwaiz on behalf of the people of Kashmir thanked the UN body, especially the High Commissioner, for his attempt to bring the situation of human rights violations in Kashmir by the state in the global public domain, besides asking for immediate end to the violations and a meaningful resolution of the Kashmir dispute which is inclusive of the people of Kashmir.
Expressing his dismay over the reaction of the Ministry of External Affairs of India, which has described the report as prejudiced and rejected it, Mirwaiz said it is highly unfortunate that the Indian government instead of taking the report seriously and making amends to its repressive policy in Kashmir, has chosen to attack the report.