UN Rapporteur arrives in Kashmir

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Srinagar: United Nations Special Rapporteur, Christof Heyns, Monday said that he would submit interim report of his visit to Jammu and Kashmir in New Delhi on March 30.
Addressing a press conference here, he said, “The interim report which I will submit in New Delhi on March 30 will be made public same day. Afterwards I will submit two more reports to UN General Council.”
Heyns who is on his first visit to India, said that they visit different countries to assess human rights situation and based on that submit the reports to the UN.
The Rapporteur, who is on a 15-day visit to India, has been asked by the UN Human Rights Council to examine situations of extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions in the last more than two decades of conflict.
On the occasion, Chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), Parveena Ahangar was also present and she while addressing to Heyns said: “In the last 20 years thousands of people have been subjected to enforced disappearance in Kashmir. Why haven’t been the security force personnel involved in the EDs been punished yet?”
Ahangar demanded that UN should force India to make public the fate of thousands of disappeared persons in Kashmir.
Renowned Advocate, Zaffar Ahmad Shah also addressed the media on the occasion. Addressing Heyns, he said, “Kashmiri people and civil society have been demanding from the last two decades that UN should visit Kashmir and prepare a fact based report. People of the Valley have been pleading for the last two decades that UN should intervene and listen to our grievances. One lakh people have offered sacrifices in Kashmir.”
However, Shah hoped that now with the visit of UN Special Rapporteur, not only human rights violations would be stropped “but violations committed in last 20 years be also investigated.”
Drawing Heyns attention towards 2010 summer agitation, Shah said, “117 protesters were shot dead by the police and troops for allegedly pelting stones. No sane person of the world will allow to fire on minors who pelt stones.”
Meanwhile, sources told KNS that Heyns met various human rights delegations after her arrival in Srinagar.

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