Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Tuesday strongly condemned the government’s crackdown on pro-freedom leaders to prevent them from commemorating human rights week in Kashmir.
In a joint statement, the leadership said that as December 10 is globally observed as human rights day it was decided to commemorate a human rights week to bring focus on the grave violations here and highlight them globally .
“But even organising peaceful events to register protest against the grave abuses taking place here such as candlelight protest becomes an eyesore for the perpetrators as they immediately launched a massive crackdown on leadership and the pro-freedom activists to scuttle even the peaceful programs,” it said.
The leadership said that authorities arrested all those who took part in candle light protest including leaders include Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Showkat Ahmed Baskhi, Abdur Rasheed, Muhammad Yasin Bhat and Sheikh Abdur Rasheed.
The leadership said these leaders were detained during nocturnal raids on their residences, which reflects “the ultimate frustration and the worst form of authoritarianism”.
They said that while Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq remain illegally caged in their homes, other leaders that include Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and Bilal Sidique too have been placed under house detention while as JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik has been lodged in police custody since the commencement of “so called” panchayat elections.
They said health of Malik has deteriorated from past one week after which he has been hospitalised.
The Leadership said that every form of peaceful means of protest against HR violations or expression of dissent is crushed or forcibly disallowed making hartals the only option available.
“All peaceful means of protest stands choked. Whosoever raises voice is rewarded with punishment in the form of draconian PSA. As space for youth has been squeezed, they feel pushed to the wall and many are forced to pick up arms to fight this state aggression and terrorism,” they added.
They said detaining leaders, lodging them in jails, and scuttling peaceful means of protests won’t break the resolve of neither the resistance leadership nor the people of Kashmir.
They urged every segment of the society to follow the programmes announced by the JRL in connection with the ongoing HR week in a bid to wake up the international community.
The leadership urged the world peace organizations, international community, Amnesty International Asia Watch, UNHRC and ICRC to take note of the urgent Kashmir situation “where innocent people are subjected to repression and even babies are not spared by pellets and build pressure on New Delhi to stop the grave human rights violation forthwith”.