Bar Association condemns ‘gross human rights violations’

Bar Association condemns ‘gross human rights violations’

SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, has strongly condemned the use of bullets and pellets against civilians at Shopian on Friday.
The association in a statement said that people who were protesting against the killing of three militants were fired at and many had to be rushed to different hospitals for specialised treatment.
While terming the aforesaid act of the Indian forces as a gross human rights violations, the Bar Association demanded that the bloodshed which has been going on in the state for the past more than 70 years, and has resulted in the systematic killing of innocent people by use of discriminatory and brute force, should be stopped forthwith.
The Bar Association said that the Kashmir dispute should be resolved in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people.
The association reiterated its stand that holding of elections in the state was a “futile exercise” as it was not a substitute for the right of self-determination of the people.
“Therefore, India and its leaders should respect and regard the wishes of the people of Kashmir and grant them the right of self-determination by de-militarisation of its forces from Kashmir as is guaranteed to them by 28 Resolutions of UN Security Council, to which India is also a signatory and is also reflected in the promises and pledges of Indian leaders, made both inside and outside India and to the people of Kashmir, at the world fora,” the association said.