AI report deflates India’s zero HR violations claim in Kashmir: Hurriyat (M)

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Referring to the international human rights watchdog, Amnesty International (AI) annual report, which states that the forces personnel involved in extrajudicial execution cases in Kashmir have not been brought to Justice, the Hurriyat (M) spokesman said the report should serve as an eye opener for the world community that how even the right to life is snatched from Kashmiris by means of force.

The spokesman said that Amnesty International has openly admitted that the human rights of Kashmiris were violated at a large scale, adding, the report adds facts to its observation by pointing out cases like Pathribal fake encounter where the army gave clean chit to the accused personnel.

He said it talks about Machil fake encounter case where despite the fact that the accused army personnel were convicted and awarded punishment in a court martial, the Army’s Northern Command refused to give its approval to the conviction. Adding, the report also points out the case of Chattergam where a 14 year old student and another 21 years old of Nowgam were killed by the Army’s 53 RR personnel after opening unprovoked fire on a car they were travelling in.

The spokesman said the Amnesty International report deflates the claims of Indian state that it has adopted zero tolerance towards HR violations in Kashmir, adding, such statements are made only for public consumption and to divert the attention of world community from Kashmir. He said the reality was that the government announces only formation of commissions to probe the innocent killings, but nobody has been punished for such crimes till date. He said that HR violations in Kashmir have been used as a weapon of war to suppress the people so that they are prevented from demanding right to self determination. The spokesman has appealed international community and rights organizations to use their influence to stop Indian state from committing HR violations in Kashmir besides stressing upon them to solve the Kashmir issue on urgent basis.

Meanwhile, senior Hurriyat leader and member of Hurriyat Executive Council Mukhtar Ahmad Waza visited Shopian to pay tributes to the two slain youth who were martyred on Wednesday. He said the sacrifices of martyrs is a priceless asset lying with the Kashmir nation, adding, the Hurriyat as a representative body of Kashmiris would continue to fight for the right to self determination for which the martyrs have laid their lives.

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