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On World HR day, JRL asks people to observe shutdown

On World HR day, JRL asks people to observe shutdown
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Asks them to stage protests

Asks them to stage protests

Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Saturday called for a complete protest strike across the Valley on December 10 (Monday) to highlight what they termed as ‘gruesome human right situation’ in the valley.
On the eve of world human rights day—December 10, JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued here urged the international community, all nations respecting human rights and people of India to take a serious note of the ‘unending and unabated cycle of human rights abuses’ being committed by forces deployed across Kashmir from the last three decades.
The trio said that “as December 10 would witness mass rallies of people and activists across the globe, where in people would highlight upholding and respect for human rights, Kashmir would be among the very few places in the world where people would not be allowed to register their resentment and protest the worst kind of state oppression and terror in recent times.
“Jammu and Kashmir has seen and continues to witness the worst ever human rights violations as the state repression goes from bad to worse with the increase in killings especially of youth to subvert the people movement,” they said.
The leaders said that with complete impunity to forces from accountability and centralized rule, the graph of human rights violations keeps rising.
The trio said that Kashmir being the world’s highest militarised zone, even the basic right to life is always under threat.
“Killings, torture, arbitrary and illegal incarceration, thrashing of youth, cordon and search military operation, maiming and snatching the vision of people including infants has become an everyday affair,” they said.
They said that force is used against the people irrespective of gender as elderly, women, young girls, boys, and even infants are vulnerable victims of state aggression.
“The criminal silence adopted by international human rights bodies and activists over the ever deteriorating situation in Kashmir is extremely sad,” the leaders said.
“Such is the suffocating situation of repression in Kashmir that when JRL announced to observe December 3-9 as human rights week, even candlelight protests were disallowed by the authoritarian state and anyone participating in it was lodged in jails,” they alleged.
“Apart from the pro-freedom activists who took part in peaceful candle light and torch processions, massive crackdown was launched on the traders, transporter and even businessmen who took out peaceful rallies against the grim human rights situation in Kashmir. Such is the antipathy of the authoritarian state to basic democratic principles,” they said.
“The people of Kashmir will observe complete protest strike on December 10 to highlight the gruesome human right situation and also to register their regret at the apathy of international community and rights organisations towards the plight of people of Kashmir,” the trio said.
They urged the world peace organizations, international community, Amnesty International, Asia Watch, UNHRC and ICRC to take note of the Kashmir situation and put pressure on New Delhi to stop the ‘grave human rights’ violation forthwith.


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