Protests, Seminars, Conferences mark International Human Rights Day in Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 10: Protests, seminars and conferences marked the international human rights day observed across the globe on December 10. In Kashmir, the day was started with the silent protest by Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) here.
Chairperson APDP, Parveena Ahangar reiterated her demand of setting up an independent commission to look into the issue of enforced disappearances. “We don’t want money or jobs, we want to know the whereabouts of our dear ones,” Ahangar said in her speech.
She said that a national news channel had nominated her organisation for the ‘Indian of the year’ award. “I rejected the award and condemn this gratuitous nomination of our organisation for this award which smacks of being yet another attempt by corporate Indian media to cover-up and neutralize the crimes of the Indian state in Kashmir ,” she said. “The only real award the news channel can bestow upon us is consistent and honest reportage of the heinous crimes committed by the armed forces in Kashmir.”
The APDP members had assembled here to protest against the enforced disappearances in Kashmir. The protesters were wearing black pherans and candles in their hands in order to observe this day as black day.
Ahangar alleged that the government wasn’t serious in the matter. She said that the APDP had identified the perpetrators of the crimes. “There are hundreds of cases pending in the High Court seeking sanction for prosecution of the accused,” she added.
Regarding unmarked graves issue, Ahangar said that there should be detailed DNA tests and analysis for the people, who are lying under the graves.
Meanwhile, Er Sheikh Abdul Rashed, independent MLA from Langate constituency, led a candle light demonstration against human rights violation and urged the civil society to pressurize the Centre for revoking AFSPA in the state.
He alleged the state government of double speak and said that they speak one language in Kashmir and other in New Delhi, in order to keep their bosses happy. “We will fight till the end through democratic means. If they will not listen, we will go for undemocratic means as well,” Rashid warned.
He alleged Omar Abdullah led government was non-serious to revoke APSPA in J&K. “If the Chief Minister is serious why isn’t he revoking Disturbed Areas Act from Kashmir? When DDA will go APSPA will go by itself,” he added.
He also said that the human rights violation will not be tolerated. “The civil society should pressurize the government to revoke AFSPA from the state as this law has badly affected the lives of people,” he added.
Rashid also demanded immediate release of youth, who have been arrested for taking part in protests.
The MLA and his supporters staged a brief a sit-in at Regal Chowk here before dispersing peacefully.
A seminar was also organized by High Court Bar Association wherein participants including, President Kashmir Bar Association, Mian Abdul Qayoom and others expressed serious concern over grave human rights violations in the valley.
Senior Advocate Nazir Ahmad Ronga urged people to create a record for every human right violation in their respective areas.
Mian Qayoom on the occasion said that government of India is using its every method of repression to suppress the people from their freedom struggle.
Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that world was applying double standards with Kashmiris. “There should not be any discrimination under colour, creed or religion at international level on human rights but at international level Kashmir is facing double standards,” Mirwaiz added.
He termed the European nations and United States as biggest human rights violators. “They blame Muslim countries for the human rights violations in the world. European countries and United States are the signatories of the Geneva and United Nations Declaration for Human Rights, but still they are involved in gross human rights violation,” he added.
The Mirwaiz accused international community of showing double standards for different countries.
He asserted that Kashmir is a political issue and needs to be resolved and addressed. He also said that Indian civil society and social activists could play their role to highlight their plight of Kashmiri nation.
“There are conspiracies going on to disturb the social and political fabric of Kashmiri society. But we will not allow to happen this,” he added.
He also said that there is an urgent need of the withdrawal of troops from both parts of the Kashmir. He alleged that Army is running the affairs of Kashmir politics.
Pervaiz Imroz, chairman APDP, Dr Javeed Iqbal, columnist, President Jama’iat Ahalhadees, Ghulam Rasool Malik were also present in the seminar.


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