Hurriyat expresses concern over deteriorating political scenario in Kashmir

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday expressed concern over the deteriorating political scenario in Kashmir and condemned the policy of “suppression” against the younger generation.
The amalgam in a statement regretted the brazen denial of political space and destroying the pillars of democracy with respect to human rights guaranteed by the United Nations Organization.
“Freedom of expression, right to get an education, right to live at liberty and adopt any religion and right to travel have remained a distant dream for a resident of Jammu and Kashmir which has any link with the ongoing movement for right to self-determination,” it reads.
It said: “Widespread arrests of youth at Pulwama and Shopian ahead of polls and creating a war like atmosphere during the cordon and search operations at night hours and in the broad-day-light has rendered Jammu and Kashmir a hell like place in the sub-continent.”
“Opening the flood gates of prisons in Jammu and Kashmir and incarceration of the leaders and activists of Hurriyat Conference in addition to the young students in the nook and corner of the state is condemnable, which has been adapted to punish the people of Kashmir for their legitimate demand of right to self-determination,” the amalgam said.
Hurriyat expressed concern over the worsening health conditions of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in and outside the state jails. “Denial of basic amenities as per jail manual to the detainees and inhuman attitude of the jail authorities meted out with them is a grave violation of prisoners’ rights,” said the amalgam.
Hurriyat also paid tributes to the steadfastness of “prisoners of conscience” behind the bars including Mohammad Yasin Malik, Masarat Aalam Bhat, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Dr. Hameed Fyaz, Dr. Shafi Shariyati, Dr. Qasim, Asia Andrabi, Fahmida Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Dr. G. M. Bhat, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Mohammad Yousuf Falahi, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Mushtaq Ahmad Hurrah, Bashir Kashmiri, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, Mohammad Ayoub Mir, Mohammad Hussain, Hilal Ahmad Beigh, Peer Mohammad Ashraf, Abdullah Nasir, Samiullah, Asadullah Parray, Mohammad Yaseen, Ishtiaq Ahmad, Shakeel Ahmad Bakshi, Noor Mohammad Kalwal, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Ab. Gani Bhat, Sarjan Barkati, Muzaffar Ahmad Dar, Mushtaq Ahmad Veeri, Advocate Zahid Ali, Tariq Ahmad Dar and others.
Hurriyat urged all the human rights organizations to take serious cognizance the plight of detainees of Jammu and Kashmir and use its diplomatic services to pressurise India for and early resolutions of Kashmir issue