Srinagar: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) of Kashmir has sent a petition to the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres asking him to “stop being a mute spectator” and play role in putting an end to the “extreme repression” the people of Kashmir are subject to by New Delhi.
JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement urged the UN chief to take urgent steps for the resolution of Kashmir dispute which it said is the main cause of all sufferings and human rights violations in the region.
As the Kashmir dispute is on UN agenda with several resolutions passed in this regard, it is the responsibility of the world body to resolve this dispute as soon as possible in the light of the resolutions, the leadership said in the petition adding UN can in the meantime ensure that human rights are protected in Kashmir and grave repression stopped.
JRL also mentioned the recent incidents of civilian killings and destruction of residential houses during encounters across Kashmir saying these have become the order of the day.
“Even women are ruthlessly beaten and harassed,” the petition reads. “Despite repeated closure of educational institutions by the state to prevent protests, students repeatedly hit streets against killings atrocities, crackdowns, illegal detentions and space for expression.”
The petition further mentioned that “there is no semblance of any civilian authority, even in the name, in Jammu & Kashmir (and) the state is run by a New Delhi appointed Governor with military, paramilitary and police force at his command who are hell bent to crush the popular political movement of self determination of Kashmiris by bullets and batons”.
“The overwhelming boycott (of 95%) by the people of Kashmir in the recently held Urban Local Bodies elections has further frustrated the Indian authorities who have stepped up their vendetta against the people. The horrible incidents of past including Kunanposhpora mass rape, Shopian, Machil, Chattisinghpora fake encounters, massacres at Hawal, Gawkadal, Handwara, Sopore, Kupwara, Bijbehara, killing of hundreds of youth in 2008, 2010, and 2016 mass uprisings besides countless unabated incidents of grotesque human rights violations in the form of fake encounters, forced disappearances, rapes everyday killing of un-armed civilians and destruction of property by Indian forces have inflicted deep wounds on the collective existence of people, the scars of which are etched on the conscience of Kashmiris.”
Through the petition, JRL has appealed to the UN Secretary General and, through him, to all the member nations of the world body to intervene effectively to stop the Government of India from committing “crimes against humanity” in Jammu & Kashmir and take all possible measures to address the festering wound i.e. Kashmir dispute which is essential for establishing permanent peace and stability in the region.
The petition is published online and can be accessed at http://ipt.io/O22MA, Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said adding that all the justice-loving people across the globe particularly the people across LoC and Kashmiri Diaspora are requested to sign the petition.
The copies of the petition have been sent to the representatives of permanent members of United Nations Security Council, US, UK, Russia, France and China, in New York, to the ambassadors of these countries in New Delhi, to the High Commissioner for United Nations Human Rights Council (OHCHR) and Secretary General OIC, JRL said.