Take notice of HR violations in Kashmir: Bar to Obama
Srinagar, Nov 6: Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association has urged US president Barack Obama to take steps for resolution of long pending Kashmir issue and take notice of the human rights violations in the Valley.
In its memorandum to Obama, Bar Association said, “In past six decades there have been more than hundred meetings between pro-freedom leaders and governments of India and Pakistan, outbreak of three wars and public statements of political leader’s day in and day out. But all such initiatives have failed to resolve Kashmir dispute.”
Bar termed human rights violations as its major concern.
“More than hundred thousand of our people have been killed in past two decades. 111 were shot dead only in last four months, including minor children and women. Whole valley has been converted into jail. The situation is so bad, and continues to be so; even the Secretary General of United Nations openly expressed his concern on violation of Human Rights,” Bar said.
“The US leadership has always encouraged stake holders in Kashmir dispute to resolve the issues through dialogue. But despite it, the resolution of dispute does not seem to be possible in near future.”
Bar said, “We believe that time has come when US Government and leadership has to intensify its efforts and openly express concern on the delay in resolving Kashmir issue.” "The US Leadership has to walk extra mile before any tangible results are achieved. Status-quo is not an option", Bar said.
Bar urged US Leadership that it could and must, in the interests of global peace, seriously engage itself in the process of Kashmir resolution. “US must prove to the world that it can come up to the expectations of the people’s of the world and live to its commitments,” Bar said.
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