HR Day: Police prevents Hurriyat’s UN March in Nowhatta

Hurriyat march to UN office stopped at Khawaja Bazaar
Hurriyat march to UN office stopped at Khawaja Bazaar (picture supplied by Hurriyat)

KL News Network


Police foiled the Hurriyat’s UN March on International Human Rights Day, a statement issued by the Hurriyat said. It said the police kept under house arrest its three leaders who were supposed to submit a memorandum to the UNMOGIP in Srinagar.

The police, it said, used excessive force on peaceful marches that were heading toward the UN Office. The symbolic protest by its activists was stopped outside Jamia Masjid.

Terming the prevention of peaceful protest marches even on the ‘International Human Rights Day’ as the biggest human rights violation, an APHC spokesman said while the entire world was observing the day in respect of human rights, the same rights were being torn to shreds even on this day in Kashmir.

The procession was attended by Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi, Muhammad Shafi Khan, Advocate Yasir Rouf Dalaal, Farooq Ahmad Saudagar, Sahil Ahmad War, Abdul Rashid Tanki, Advocate Moulvi Muhammad Ashraf, Javed Ahmad Zargar and Abdul Majeed Wani. It started from Jamia Masjid peacefully but as they reached Khawaja Bazaar near Naqshband Sahab’s shrine, police and government forces pounced upon them and used brutal force on the protestors to stop them from heading toward the UNMOGIP office at Sonawar, the statement said.

Another peaceful protest march led by senior Hurriyat leader, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War, who broke out of his house arrest, was taken out from Maisuma area of Srinagar, which was also sabotaged by the government forces by using excessive force on the peaceful protestors, the statement added.

Meanwhile, an APHC spokesman condemned the house arrest of veteran resistance leader Syed Ali Geelani, APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, senior Hurriyat leaders Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and APHC Media Advisor Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam and placing restrictions and curbs of their activities.

The spokesman said the ruling class and the government forces were crossing all limits of tolerance and urged the international community and international rights bodies to take note of gross human rights violations across Kashmir and take steps to stop state terrorism in Kashmir.

The APHC spokesman urged the international rights bodies to take strong note of the killings and injuries, arrests and house arrests, raids and crackdowns, beating up of people and ransacking of houses in Kashmir and come to the rescue of unarmed Kashmiris who were at the receiving end of naked aggression and gross human rights violations perpetuated by the government forces.


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