Hurriyat (M) urges world to take notice of report released by Kashmir rights groups

Hurriyat (M) urges world to take notice of report released by Kashmir rights groups

Srinagar: Hurriyat (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday urged the world community to take notice of the report on alleged torture of civilians by security forces released by two rights groups of Kashmir – Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) and Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP).
In a statement, the spokesperson said: “The report released by these rights groups depicts grim of torture being inflicted by the forces on the people of Kashmir. This report should serve as an eye-opener for all those who believe in sanctity and dignity of the human life and spirit. The report has also been endorsed by former UN special rapporteur, Juan E. Mendez.”
He said that the report which focuses on just 432 cases includes 24 women, out of these 12 had been raped by the armed personnel. “301 victims were civilians, and 258 of them had no affiliations with political or other groups and 27 were minors when tortured. At least 50 victims were said to have been tortured as a measure of punishment, while 118 said they were tortured to extract information about relatives who were militants. 44 suffered from some form of psychological difficulty after being subjected to torture,” he said quoting the report.
While describing these incidents as shocking, the spokesperson said that the “grotesque human rights violations” including those mentioned in the report are committed due to legal, political and moral impunity extended to the armed forces and not a single prosecution has taken place in any case of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Hurriyat sought immediate attention of world bodies and urged them to build pressure on New Delhi to stop human rights violations in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, a spokesman paid tributes to two militants slain in Kulgam encounter and said that there is no let-up in the “bloodshed” even in the holy month of fasting in Kashmir.