‘People to observe complete protest strike on December 10’
SRINAGAR: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Saturday urged the international community and people of India to take a serious note of the “unending and unabated cycle” of human rights abuses “being committed by Indian forces”.
In a statement issued here, the leadership said that as December 10 would witness mass rallies of people and activists across the globe, where in people would highlight upholding and respecting human rights, “Kashmir would be among the very few places in the world where people would not be allowed to register their resentment and protest the worst kind of state oppression and terror in recent times that they are facing and which has left behind gory tales of rights violations”, a spokesperson in the statement said.
“Jammu and Kashmir has seen and continues to see the worst-ever human rights violations as state repression goes from bad to worse with the increase in killings especially, of youth, to subvert the people movement,” the spokesperson quoting the leadership said.
Kashmir being the world’s “highest militarised zone”, the JRL alleged, and said even the basic right to life was always under “threat”.
“With complete impunity to forces from accountability and centralised rule the graph of human rights violations keeps rising. All political, and religious rights of people are also suspended,” the spokesperson said, adding that “force is used against the people irrespective of gender as elderly, women, young girls, boys, and even infants are vulnerable victims of state aggression”.
The leadership alleged that the “criminal silence” adopted by international human rights bodies and activists over the “ever-deteriorating” situation in Kashmir is “extremely sad”, said the spokesperson.
“Such is the suffocating situation of repression in Kashmir that when JRL announced to observe December 3-9 as human rights week, even candlelight protests were disallowed by the authoritarian state and anyone participating in it lodged in jails,” JRL maintained.
The leadership said the people of Kashmir will observe complete protest strike on December 10 to highlight the “gruesome” human right situation and also to “register their regret at the apathy of international community and rights organisations towards the plight of people of Kashmir”, he said.
The leadership once again urged the world peace organisations, international community, Amnesty International Asia Watch, UNHRC and ICRC to take note of the Kashmir situation and to put pressure on New Delhi to “stop the grave human rights violation forthwith”, the spokesperson added.