KL NEWS NETWORK
As Kashmir valley observed shutdown Tuesday against landing of Indian troops here in 1947, activists in Srilanka held protests in her capital city of Colombo.
Reports reaching here said, “The Kashmir Study Forum in Sri Lanka with support of Sri Lankan friends organized a peaceful protest on Tuesday opposite the United Nation Office in Colombo to mark the Kashmir Black Day.”
ColomboPage.com reported this late evening, “the protesters urged the Secretary General of the United Nations to encourage, facilitate and support efforts leading to a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions, as well as exercise the mandate entrusted to him by Charter of the United Nations and under relevant international instruments to forthwith ensure the fundamental rights and freedoms of the oppressed Kashmiri people in particular their right to self-determination.”
The news website said, “the participants of the assembly expressed their grave concern about the on-going killings of civilians by Indian security forces in the towns and villages of Kashmir.” “The participants also urge the United Nations for immediate end of Indian laws such as Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (TADA), Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act 1978, The Armed Forces (Jammu & Kashmir) Special Power Act 1990, Jammu & Kashmir Disturbed Area Act 1990 and Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) 2002.”
Similar peaceful assemblies, the report added, “appealing the world community to prevent human rights violations in the Indian held Kashmir and holding of plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir under the UN auspices were also held in other parts of the Island including Ampara, Batticaloa and Puttalam.”
“A memorandum with thousands of signatures urging UN to play its role to resolve the oldest unresolved dispute on UN agenda since 1947 was also handed over to the UN office while a signature campaign was also launched to raise awareness, encourage advocacy and to emphasize the centrality of the resolution of Kashmir Issue to the lasting peace and prosperity of South Asia across the Island nation,” the report said.