Human Rights

UN intervention sought to check Human Rights violations

Srinagar: Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, during a monthly sit-in here, urged United Nations to set up a monitoring group in Jammu and Kashmir to take note of human rights violations, including disappearances.

“International community must focus and condemn enforced disappearances by India in Jammu and Kashmir. We demand United Nations Working Group on Disappearance must be allowed to visit the state,” said Association’s spokesperson in a statement here, April 29.

The statement added “India has miserably failed to initiate any serious action and investigation into crimes perpetrated by armed forces, since inception of armed conflict in 1989. The state has been unable to respond or critique our recent report that identified 500 alleged perpetrators. Victims continue to be denied their fundamental rights to truth, justice and reparations. No action has been taken on State Human Rights Commission recommendations for DNA and forensic examinations on unmarked and mass graves.” It further added “while claiming a permanent seat at United Nations Security Council, India refuses to comply by any standards of International Law.”

Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, while interacting with a visiting group of human right activists led by noted human rights defender, Gautam Nawlakha, here, April 20 said people have lost faith in state institutions to defend human rights. “Hundreds of probe committees and commissions instituted to investigate human rights abuses have failed to come up with reports about findings, let alone indicting anyone. Violators of human rights are roaming free and enjoying state-patronage.”

Around a dozen human right organizations across India, during a public meeting ‘Institutional violence: The Indian state in Jammu Kashmir’ organized by Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society to commemorate the ninth death anniversary of human right activist, Aasiya Jeelani, April 20 moved a resolution for permanent settlement of United Nations Monitoring Group in Kashmir to examine human right abuses. Jeelani died in a landmine blast at Chandigam- Kupwara in 2004, while on election monitoring. The activists added people of Jammu and Kashmir have right to exercise right to self-determination.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 May 2013 on page no. 10

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