Mirwaiz for withdrawal of ‘draconian’ laws
Srinagar, Sep 19: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq, who is currently in Geneva, has called upon New Delhi to withdraw all the draconian laws especially AFSPA and PSA in vogue in Jammu Kashmir.
“It would be considered as a constructive step forward to improve the ground situation if all the draconian laws especially AFSPA and PSA are withdrawn without any further delay,” said Mirwaiz while addressing a seminar and a launch ceremony of ICHR Report on Human Rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the ‘UN Kashmir Week’ functions.
“Human Rights in Flames 2012” speaks comprehensively about on-ground human rights situation in Kashmir. “The report has been released in connection with the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Indian Human Rights situation. It contains reference to all the obligations that India was expected to fulfil after 2008 UPR. It also exhaustively refers to obligations of India under International law and International Humanitarian law. The function was moderated by Franc Schwaba, member Europian Parliament and the panelists were Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmad, South Asia expert from Oxford University, Dr. Karren Parker – Chairperson International Educational Development, Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl – Chairman Kashmir Centre, London UK, Barrister Majid Tramboo – Chairman Kashmir Center EU Brussels,” said a spokesman of the Hurriyat in a statement today.
Mirwaiz asked New Deli to accept the 169 recommendations by the United Nations Member States at the United Nations Universal Periodic Review to address Kashmir’s most serious Human Rights problems. He asked New to make a serious effort to carry out these recommendations instead of simply referring to existing legislations and policies.
Mirwaiz called for a comprehensive investigation and DNA tests to fix the responsibility and ascertain the identity of the persons placed in the unmarked graves. Mirwaiz, according to Hurriyat statement, ridiculed the chief sectary of the state government and described his remarks as unethical, unwanted and unjustified. “In a way denial of DNA testing amounts to acceptance of the crime,” he said.
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Lastupdate on : Wed, 19 Sep 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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