UN urged to implement resolutions on Kashmir
The seminar was organized by the International Council for Human Rights in coordination with the International Human Rights Association of American Minorities at the Palais des Nations on the sidelines of the ongoing 21st Session of the UN Human Rights Council.
The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in his keynote address expressed serious concern over the continued human rights violations by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir due to the invoking of draconian laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act. He said that this impunity had lead to grave human rights abuses including extra-judicial killings, fake encounters, violence against women and children besides custodial disappearances in the territory.
The Mirwaiz pointed out that India was living in the state of denial, which was neither allowing the Kashmir-centric dialogue nor improving the human rights situation in Kashmir. Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, Dr Ishtiyaq Ahmed and Chaudhry Pervaiz Ashraf also spoke on the occasion.
At another seminar, which was also addressed by these speakers, a documentary film ‘Humans without Human Rights’ was screened. The film is produced by the Kashmir Centre London and its script has been written by Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl.
The human rights situation in occupied Kashmir as observed by authentic Indian civil society activists and international watchdogs has been highlighted in the film. On the occasion, Ms Shamima Shawl, spoke about the plight of half widows who are a tormented section of the Kashmiri society bruised by Indian occupation as a consequence of forced disappearance.
Kashmiri representative, Ishtiyaq Hameed, addressing the 21st session of the Human Rights Council, appealed to the World Body to impress upon India to repeal draconian laws from occupied Kashmir.
And in occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one youth at Bijhama in Uri area of Baramulla district.
Complete shutdown was observed in Islamabad and Baramulla towns, today, against the arrest of scores of youth during peaceful protest demonstrations against the sacrilegious film in the US. Hurriyet leaders, Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Azam Inqilabi and Mukhtar Ahmed Waza in their separate statements denounced the arrest of youth.
APHC leader, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, addressing his party activists in Srinagar castigated the occupation authorities for restricting the people from protesting against the blasphemous film.