SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said that Human rights are indispensable and inherent to the dignity of every human being.
He said this in his message on International Human Rights Day. “August 05, 2019 decisions of GOI have coincided with a steep rise in the infringement of fundamental rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Honor of the people has been compromised and downgraded on every account,” he said.
“BJP climbed the political ladder nationally by employing a narrative that Articles 370, 35-A were impeding the job prospects of the youth. Far from providing jobs to the youth, the incumbent ruling dispensation at center which is in direct control of J&K’s affairs has shown the door to hundreds of employed youth. Our government employees are working under tremendous pressure. The sweeping takeover of labor rights by this government is a major concern for all of us. Disempowering labor and dilution of their rights, is what has become the rule of the day. This trend needs to be arrested,” he said.
Freedom of press guaranteed by the Constitution, Dr Farooq said is elusive in Jammu and Kashmir. “Government’s interference and regulation of the media hampers the effective functioning of any democracy. As the fourth pillar of democracy, its independence is crucial for robust governance. New media policy 2020 has also set alarm bells ringing,” he added.
He said that the idea of holistic development of the people of J&K will remain elusive until their basic democratic rights are not guaranteed and respected. “Right to freedom of expression, protecting labor laws, democratic rights are the key elements that should be ensured to the people of J&K,” he said.