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Srinagar: On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly, meeting in Paris, adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which stands to this day as the most widely recognized statement of the rights to which every person on the planet is entitled.
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.
The Universal Declaration was not a binding treaty, only a ”standard of achievement” to which nations should aspire to safe guard the human Rights for their citizens.
Protests, demonstrations, seminars and day-long conferences marked the international human rights day observed across the Kashmir on December 10. In Kashmir the day was started with the silent protest by Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) in the city center Lal Chowk.
Carrying banners and placards to record their protest, the members of the APDP sit silently on the road here. One banner was saying: ‘No one shall be subjected to enforced disappearance’ other ‘we cannot forget the past as it is the strength for our future’.
Parveena Ahangar, Chairperson of the Association on the occasion, reiterated her demand of setting up an independent commission of enquiry that would look into issue of disappearances. “We don’t want money or jobs; we want to know the whereabouts of our dear ones,” Ahangar said in her speech.
She said that there was something obscene and pervasive on the manner the CNN-IBN has nominated their organisation for the ‘Indian of the year’ award. “I reject the award and condemn this gratuitous nomination of our organisation for this award which smacks of being yet another attempt by corporate Indian media to cover-up and neutralize the crimes of the Indian state in Kashmir,” she said. “The only real ‘award’ the news channel can bestow upon us is consistent and honest reportage of the heinous crimes committed by the armed forces in Kashmir,” she added.
APDP was assembled here to protest against the ‘enforced disappearances’ in Kashmir. The protesters were wearing black pherans and candles in their hands in order to observe this day as black day.
Ahangar also demanded that they want an independent commission to look into the issue of disappearances in the valley. She alleged that government is showing no seriousness in the matter.
She also said that the APDP had identified the perpetrators of the crimes, and there were thousands of cases pending in the Srinagar High Court seeking sanction for prosecution of the accused.
Regarding mass graves issue, Ahangar said that there should be a detailed DNA tests and analysis for the people, who are lying under the graves.
Meanwhile, the Kashmir High Court Bar Association held a seminar in Srinagar to mark the World Human Rights Day, wherein participants including, Nazir Ahmad Ronga, President Kashmir Bar Association, Mian Abdul Qayoom and others expressed serious concern over grave human rights violations in the valley.
Former President Bar, Nazir Ahmad Ronga urged people to create a record for every human right violation in their respective areas. The p[resident of Bar Association, Mian Abdul Qayoom on the occasion said that government of India is using its every method of repression to suppress the people from their freedom struggle.
The speakers alleged that India had used its every method to keep the Kashmiris away from right to self-determination. They said that Indian police and troops were committing gross human rights violations in the valley with impunity laws. They appealed to the world community to come forward to stop massacre of Kashmiris and pressurize India to give the Kashmiri people a chance to decide their fate by themselves.
Farhana Shahid, 10th class student, who read out a paper on the occasion, said that the children had developed fear psychosis after the killings of young boys and students in 2008 and 2010 by police and troops in Kashmir. She said that on one side they stand faced killings and arrests while on the other side due to the huge military presence their education was at stake.
The Bar urged the world community to play an effective role in resolving the Kashmir dispute for ensuring peace and stability in the region.
The seminar was also addressed by, Dr Altaf Hussian, Professor Hamida Nayeem, Dr Abdul Majeed Zargar, Z G Mohammad, Parveena Ahangar and Qurat-ul-Ain.
In another kind of protest march led by Er Sheikh Abdul Rashied, an independent MLA, Langate, led a demonstration rally against human rights violation and urged the civil society to pressurize the Centre for revoking AFSPA in the state.
He alleged the present state governments for double speak and said that they speak one language in Kashmir and other in New Delhi, in order to keep happy their bosses. “We will fight till or end, whether democratic means, if they will not listen we will go for undemocratic means as well,” Rashied asserted.
He alleged Omar Abdullah led government that they are non-serious to revoke Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the region. If Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah is serious why don’t he remove DAA from the Kashmir? When DDA will go APSPA will go by itself,” he added.
He also said that the human rights violation will not be tolerated. The civil society should pressurize the government to revoke AFSPA from the state as this law has badly affected the lives of people.
Rashid also demanded immediate release of youth, who have been arrested for taking part in protests.
The MLA and his supporters staged a brief a sit-in at Regal Chowk here before dispersing peacefully.
Similarly, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front-R, Chairman Farooq Ahmad Dar and Vice Chairman Javed Ahmad Mir led a peaceful protest demonstration that was taken out from Abi Guzar on the World Human Rights Day in Srinagar, said that playing with dignity, honour and self-respect of the people of Kashmir had become a hobby for Indian troops and police personnel.
Later, the demonstrators tried to march towards the UN Observers Office to record their protest against the silence of the world body over Human Rights violations in Kashmir, but they were intercepted at Residency Chowk and stopped from proceeding further.
A seminar was organised by Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that world was applying double standards with Kashmiris. “There should not be any discrimination under colour, creed or religion at international level on human rights but at international level Kashmir is facing double standards,” Mirwaiz added.
He termed the European nations and United States as biggest human rights violators. “They blame Muslim countries for the human rights violations in the world. European countries and United States are the signatories of the Geneva and United Nations Declaration for Human Rights, but still they are involved in gross human rights violation,” he added.
The Mirwaiz accused international community of showing double standards for different countries.
He asserted that Kashmir is a political issue and needs to be resolved and addressed. He also said that Indian civil society and social activists could play their role to highlight their plight of Kashmiri nation.
“There are conspiracies going on to disturb the social and political fabric of Kashmiri society. But we will not allow to happen this,” he added.
He also said that there is an urgent need of the withdrawal of troops from both parts of the Kashmir. He alleged that Army is running the affairs of Kashmir politics.
Pervaiz Imroz, chairman APDP, Dr Javeed Iqbal, columnist, President Jama’iat Ahalhadees, Ghulam Rasool Malik were also present in the seminar.
Meanwhile, there were reports that Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik and Er Sheikh Abdul Rashied were detained with dozens of protesters while protesting against the human rights violations in Kashmir. (AIP News)
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