Civil society, HR groups decry excesses

Srinagar, Dec 9: On the eve of International Human Rights day, various civil society groups, students and traders on Thursday termed the government claims of bold initiatives on ground to bring ch...

Srinagar, Dec 9: On the eve of International Human Rights day, various civil society groups, students and traders on Thursday termed the government claims of bold initiatives on ground to bring change in the situation of Kashmir as a "bundle of lies".
 "Instead there has been intensification in excesses and militarization of Kashmir. The authorities continue to harass, intimidate and arbitrarily detain common protestors and political activists in brazen violation of their fundamental political and human rights," president Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Societies, Parvez Imroze told Greater Kashmir during a sit-in at Pratap Park here. 
 "It has happened despite statements that interlocutor's recommendations and other peace initiatives are being implemented on ground to end the human rights violations. Actually the government is only making claims to hoodwink their own people and international community," Imroze added.
 Imroze said the situation in Kashmir has not changed and that killing and detentions are continuing unabated.
 "In Palhalan and other places people are on the run. The forces have unleashed a reign of terror there. The international community and other human organisations should mount pressure to stop the state sponsored terror" he said.
 He said the human rights groups would continue to protests against the violations committed by the troops in the State.
 "The government wants us to forget our past by appointing so- called commissions and groups. But we would fight against the forgetfulness and to expose lies of state," he added.
 On the occasion the human rights and civil society groups alleged that the troops were not only involved in human rights violation, but "systematically committing war crimes and crime against humanity in Kashmir".
 "The government is using draconian laws which provide impunity to troops, excessive militarization and other tools to suppress people of Kashmir," they said.
 Chairman of Majlis-e-Mushawarat Committee, Abdul Rashid Dalal alleged that human rights violations were being committed in Shopian and other areas of south Kashmir.
 "The police are arresting small children and boys on frivolous charges. In Shopian every second day police raids houses and picks of children" Dalal said.
 The members of various organisations carried banners and placards reading "Murdered, not forgotten. Stop War crimes in Kashmir," and "Torture a tool in conflict".
 The president of Peoples Right's Movement, Abdul Qadeer alleged that the former militants are being harassed by various security agencies.       
 On the occasion the members of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) also staged a sit-in
 Emotional scenes were witnessed during the sit-in as the relatives remembered their beloved ones who went missing in custody of various security agencies since 1990.
 "Where are or loved ones? Tell us if they are dead or alive," the relatives asked.
 Police and CRPF were deployed in Pratab Park in strength to prevent any untoward incident.
 The organisations which participated in the sit-in included Jammu and Kashmir Trade Union Centre, Kashmir University Students Union, Kashmir University Research Scholars Association,  Valley Citizens Council, Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Kashmir, Citizens Council for Justice, People's Rights Movement and Viva Kashmir.

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