UN ‘failed’ to stop some of ‘most serious’

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HR violations against Kashmiris: TeH

SRINAGAR: Expressing serious concern on the plight of prisoners across jails, in and outside Jammu and Kashmir, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chairman, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai on Saturday stated that the “ill-treatment” meted out to Kashmiri prisoners stood as an “eye-opener” for the world community, especially international organisations fighting for prisoners’ rights.
Sehrai said the United Nations was created to prevent human suffering and upholding human rights, adding that while member states have the primary responsibility for protecting the lives and rights of their populations, the UN is obliged to step in when countries are “unable or unwilling to do so”.
“Unfortunately, UN has failed to stop some of the most serious situations of human rights violations and atrocities against civilians in Kashmir by Indian forces,” he alleged.
He said prisoners including resistance leaders, pro-freedom activists and youths were facing enormous hardships in their prisons, “which is a great cause of worry”, a TeH spokesperson quoting Sehrai in a statement issued here said.
Sehrai further claimed that detained leaders and activists did not bear any criminal records. “Their only sin is that they demand their birthright of self-determination,” he added.
Terming it a “serious concern”, TeH expressed concern over the deteriorating health of TeH leaders, Umar Adil Dar, Khan Sopori and Bashir Ahmed Qureshi, “who are treated as slaves, causing indelible prints of degradation and humiliation on their minds,” the spokesperson said quoting the relatives of the inmates.
Meanwhile, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman expressed grief over the loss of lives in a tragic road accident at Mandi area of Poonch district where 14 people lost their lives and dozens were injured.
“Sehrai sahib offered his painful and deepest condolences to the affected families and prayed for speedy recovery of the injured,” the spokesperson added.