Protests, seminars mark world HR day in Kashmir
Srinagar: To mark the 70th World Human Rights Day, a number of protests and functions were held across the Valley on Monday to highlight the ‘rights violation’ in the State especially the violence hit Kashmir Valley.
Pertinently, Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had called for a complete shutdown besides protests against what they termed as ‘gross human rights violation’ in Kashmir.
In view of world HR day, Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) held a sit-in protest at Press Enclave in Srinagar and demanded whereabouts of their beloved ones who have been subject to enforced disappearance.
The family as well as relatives of disappeared persons assembled at Press colony while carrying banners and photos of their loved ones.
Speaking on the occasion, APDP chairperson Parveena Ahanger said that they will continue to seek justice until their beloved ones will not return or the parents do not get their whereabouts.
“We are fighting from last thirty years, we will keep fighting till we are not provided the details about the disappearances of our loved ones,” Ahanger said.
Meanwhile, on the culmination of Human Rights Week, Hurriyat Conference (M) and Awami Action Committee (AAC) activists on the call of JRL held candlelight vigils for the consecutive eight day in various parts of Kashmir Valley including Rainawari, Zoonimar and other places. Similar demonstrations were also held in Qazigund, Ganderbal, Sangrama on Sunday evening.
The protestors raised the slogans demanding stop of Human Rights Violations on people of Kashmir. The protests were aimed to aware the world community about the gross human rights violations unleashed on the people of Kashmir, Hurriyat (M) said in a statement.
Besides, Awami Iteehad Party (AIP) also organized a day-long seminar in view of world HR day during which prominent civil society members highlighted the HR violations in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (JKHRC) also organized a seminar here at the Auditorium Hall of Information Department.