In occupied Kashmir, Kashmir Bar Association (KBA) has expressed serious concern over the promulgation of dictatorial ordinance promulgated by the puppet authorities that makes persons and organisations calling for shutdowns, demonstrations or other forms of protest liable for imprisonment and fine.
The Bar association in a statement issued in Srinagar described the so-called Public Property Ordinance as an attack on the fundamental right of speech, freedom of expression and denial of the right to take out any procession against suppression and oppression by the Indian government and its agencies.
The Bar Association said that a demonstration was a visible manifestation of the feelings or sentiments of an individual or a group and the right to hold protest, demonstrations or call for any other form of dissent so as to express his feelings and sentiments is guaranteed both under domestic and international laws.
It cited the Universal Declarations of Human Rights, 1948, as well as under International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1966 and International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 1966, which recognize inherent dignity of human beings.
The statement added that the provisions of the ordinance can be misused and any one whether, guilty or not guilty, can be booked under the ordinance at the whim and caprice of any authority and put behind the bars for any period of time.
The Bar also expressed concern over the arrest of Shahid Yousuf, the son of Syed Salahud Din, and the summoning of Muzamil Ahmad Khan, a B.Tech. student, who is Salahud Din’s grandson, to New Delhi, by India’s National Investigation Agency describing it as an act of harassment.—KMS