Tue. Dec 10th, 2019

India engaged in intimidation , reprisal against civil society in Kashmir’, Says Altaf Wani

Srinagar :   Jammu  & Kashmur National Front Deputy Chairman Altaf  Hussain Wani has  told the World Muslim Congress  National at UNHRC at Geneva that “Indian government feels threatened by dissent in Kashmir; it labels human rights concerns as illegal.” Quoting him as saying so Jammu & Kashmir National Front in a statement issued here on Sunday said that Wani during his speech in general debate agenda item 5, on behalf of World Muslim Congress National made the mark at UNHRC Session in Geneva.He said that civil society in Kashmir faces visa restrictions, confiscation of passports, travel bans, arbitrary police investigations and detentions.Expressing concern over the overall situation in Kashmir, he said that activist’s movements are thwarted and their interactions with those abroad have been restricted. These activists are facing administrative and legal repercussions for their activities to highlight the plight of the people living in the disputed region.

It is important for the collective human rights community and the United Nations membership at large to recall the circumstances that led to the deceleration and unanimous adoption of the Universal deceleration of human rights 70 years ago, Altaf Wani stressed.

He said that the government of Indian is engaged in intimidation and reprisals against the members of civil society, whose crime is that they cooperate with UN. Despite what human rights defenders are facing in Kashmir, the strength and resilience of these human rights defenders is heartening and United Nations owes them support and protection from state reprisals and declare them internationally protected persons.


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