Situation in south Kashmir ‘appalling’: Mirwaiz

Situation in south Kashmir ‘appalling’: Mirwaiz
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Urges UNHRC to send team to Kashmir to get first-hand account of HR violations

SRINAGAR: Denouncing the “scuttling of peaceful protest programmes” of the Joint Resistance Leadership with regard to observing the human rights week and the “massive crackdown on resistance leadership activists and associates by the rulers”, Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said the unprecedented human rights abuse that people of J&K, especially the Valley suffer, is among the “worst” in the world.
“And when we raise our voice against it, even that is not allowed,” a party spokesperson quoting Mirwaiz said in a statement issued here.
Addressing the Friday congregational prayers, at Jama Masjid, Mirwaiz said that across the globe December 10 is observed as Human Rights Day to reiterate the entitlement to human rights for all humans, “but Kashmir is an exception where all our rights have been snatched and every single voice raised against that, is muzzled through military might and even a candlelight protest poses threat to peace and law and order,” the spokesperson said.
Mirwaiz alleged that besides leadership and activists, all those associated with commemorating the week including traders, etc. were “detained or intimidated by the paranoid authorities”.
Terming the human rights situation in south Kashmir “appalling”, Mirwaiz said “it has been turned into a military garrison with military personnel dotting the entire landscape.”
He further alleged that people in south Kashmir were thrashed, maimed and harassed under the guise of CASO and where even infants weren’t spared, referring to baby Hiba whose eye was hit by a pellet recently.
Referring to the recent UNHRC report of human rights, Mirwaiz urged the UNHRC to put pressure on India and to send its team to Kashmir to “get a first-hand account of the HR violations”.
Reiterating that Kashmir dispute couldn’t be dealt with militarily, Mirwaiz said “GoI has to realise the gravity of the situation and Kashmir dispute’s historical background and respond positively to the engagement offer put forth by the Pakistani prime minister, Imran Khan.
“Kashmir will continue to witness the worst human rights violations unless people in India and world intervene to build pressure on government of India to call back its army,” he further said.
After the Friday prayers, Mirwaiz led a protest march in which thousands of people and the Hurriyat activists participated carrying placards and denouncing human rights violations and asking for their restoration, the spokesperson added.