HR Violations by Indian Troops in IOK Raised at London Conference

London, December 09 (Kashmir Voice): The Human Rights Day roundtable conference was held under the auspices of International Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) and South Asia Centre for Peace and Human Rights (SACFPHR) at Westminster in London. The title of the conference was – Making Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts around the Globe Possible including Kashmir. The conference was organised in connection with the World Human Rights Day to be observed on Sunday (December 12).
According to media sources, the conference began with a video presentation titled “Bruised Paradise”. The presentation highlighted the ongoing conflicts around the globe, including Kashmir, and the continued media neglect of such conflicts around the world. Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, the Chairman of ICHR), in his inaugural speech referred to the India’s denial of the right to self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Anyone seeking such a right is termed as a terrorist, he added. He remarked that the mass graves discovered in occupied Kashmir were yet to be investigated despite a European Parliament resolution passed asking the government of India to do so. He stated that the discussion was to commemorate and celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He stated that without advocacy for human rights there is no prosperity for success. Barrister Tramboo said the United Nations can only succeed if it promotes and protects human rights. He went on to state that the UN has placed solid mechanisms and that the question was whether such mechanisms are effective in practice.In his remarks, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, the Chairman of SACFPHR, commented that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stated loud and clear that every individual is entitled to the most fundamental and basic human rights. He maintained that despite the appropriate legislation in place which puts human rights on a pedestal that ongoing abuses of those rights continue to date. With reference to Kashmir, Professor Shawl pronounced that Kashmiris are humans without human rights. He conference was also addressed among others by Victoria Schofield (Author, Historian, Journalist), Former MEP and co-founder of the German Greens, Frank Schwalba-Hoth, Soraya Boyd (CEO, Facilitate Global), Mohammed Altaf Khan (Sheriff and Lib Dem Spokesperson for culture and communities), Alaa Bayoumi (News Editor, Al Jazeera), Tahir Aziz (South Asia Programme Director, Conciliation Resources), Lord Duncan McNair (Chair – Peaceful Planet – Human Rights Education), Zubair Awan (Solicitor, President Advisory Committee HSPC), Hanif Qadir (CEO, Active Change Foundation), Barrister David Mold (5 Pump Court, Human Rights Activist), Graeme Wilson (Public Affairs Director, Church of Scientology), and Mir Adnan Rahman (Faculty Member, AJK University). KASHMIR VOICE
HR Violations by Indian Troops in IOK Raised at London Conference

Complete Shutdown in Pakherpora and Vessu Areas

Srinagar, December 09 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed in Pakherpora area of Budgam district, today, against the arresting of several youth by the Indian police.
According to media sources, the police arrested several youth from the area during nocturnal raids list night. Locals said that at least 20 youth were arrested during the raids resulting. All shops and business establishments are closed while traffic is off the roads in the area. Meanwhile, complete shutdown is also being observed in Vessu area of Islamabad district, today, on the martyrdom anniversary of two youth, Ruhul Ameen and Majid Zargar. The youth were martyred by the Indian troops at Arwani in Bijbehara area of the district, last year. The local youth early in the morning switched to public address system and appealed to the people to observe complete strike. The area, according to reports, is reverberating with pro-freedom and pro-Pakistan slogans. KASHMIR VOICE
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Professor Butt’s Act of Meeting Sharma in IOK Condemned

Islamabad, December 09 (Kashmir Voice): The Vice President of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, Manzoor-ul-Haq Butt, has strongly condemned party President Professor Abdul Ghani Butt’s act of secret meeting with the India-appointed interlocutor, Dineshwar Sharma, in Srinagar.
According to media sources, Manzoor-ul-Haq Butt in a statement issued in Islamabad said that Professor Butt had insulted the collective thinking of the Kashmiri people and hurt their sentiments. He said the Muslim Conference supports and endorses the unanimous decision of the Joint Resistance Leadership and reiterates that no one will be allowed to play with the sentiments of the Kashmiri people. He said that the entire Hurriyat leadership had taken a unanimous decision of boycotting Dineshwar Sharma as it was futile to meet him under the mandate he was given to hold talks. KASHMIR VOICE

Police Use Brute Force on JKPFL Protest in IOK

Srinagar, December 09 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Indian police used brute force on the protest demonstration held by Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL) at Press Enclave in Srinagar, today.
According to media sources, the police personnel also arrested Chief Organizer of the party, Imtiaz Ahmad Shah along with other activists and lodged them in Kothi Bagh police station. The JKPFL spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that party activists led by Imtiaz Ahmad were trying to take out a procession from Press Enclave against the increasing human rights violations by the Indian forces in the territory. However, the police personnel forcibly stopped them and arrested Chief Organiser Imtiaz Shah and other party activists after subjecting them to brute force. The spokesman also condemned the police action on peaceful protesters and described it frustration of the puppet authorities. Meanwhile, the JKPFL Chairman, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, in a statement issued in Islamabad denounced the police action against the party activists. He demanded immediate release of the arrested party members. KASHMIR VOICE

IOK Authorities Flayed For Disallowing Seminar in Srinagar

Srinagar, December 09 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has condemned the puppet authorities for preventing a seminar in Srinagar, today.
According to media sources, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had announced to hold the seminar titled ”Human Rights Violations in Kashmir and Criminal Silence of World Community” at the Hyderpora residence of Syed Ali Gilani in connection with the World Human Rights Day to be observed tomorrow (Sunday). Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik and other prominent personalities were scheduled to speak in the seminar. The Indian police and paramilitary personnel deployed outside the residence of Syed Ali Gilani disallowed the participants to enter the seminar venue. While Syed Ali Gilani is already under house detention, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was also placed under house arrest at his residence in Nigeen on Thursday. Muhammad Yasin Malik has gone into hiding to evade arrest ahead of proposed march announced by the JRL towards the UN office in Sonawar on Sunday, the World Human Rights Day. However, the police since early morning did not allow anyone to enter the Hyderpora residence of the APHC Chairman. The joint resistance leadership termed the action as state terrorism, saying that at a time when the world was observing Human Rights Day, however the puppet administration was reluctant to allow peaceful programme and forces in Kashmir were committing massive violations of human rights. It said that although UN had formulated a Charter in 1947 to safeguard basic rights pertaining to nations, however, this institution failed to provide and secure these rights.
Referring to atrocities perpetrated by Indian rulers and forces, the JRL said that till now more than two lakh people were brutally killed, however it was unfortunate that UN failed to halt the ongoing bloodshed in the territory. It said that it was India that took the case in the UN and pledged to ascertain the aspirations of people of Kashmir through plebiscite but denied and through coercive tactics continues its illogical and unconstitutional occupation. Referring to the horrendous situations and unabated human rights violations, the joint leadership said that people in the territory were striving for its just rights which the India had dealt with by martyring tens and thousands of Kashmiris, subjecting over ten thousand people to enforced disappearances, seven thousand women molested, burying thousands in unmarked graves and hundreds blinded. It said that political leaders were detained and lawless law, PSA slapped without applying any sense and any logic and impressed UN to take cognizance of worsening situations in state and facilitate the situation for seeking people’s verdict with regards to their political destiny. The leadership however said that it was quite sad that instead of obliging its duty the member countries affiliated with UNO were taking their business interests into consideration, ignoring the grave situation resulted out of forced occupation. It reiterated the call for a complete shutdown and blackout tomorrow in view of International Human Rights Day. KASHMIR VOICE

JKPL Condemns House Detention of Waza

Srinagar, December 09 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL) has denounced the puppet authorities for placing its Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza under house arrest.
According to media sources, the JKPL spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the party members today visited the residence of Mukhtar Ahmed Waza in Islamabad town and discussed the current political situation of Kashmir with him. The leaders said that India and its puppet administration were running the affairs of occupied Kashmir through military might and had let loose terror upon the people of the occupied territory. They said that the Kashmiris were being subjected to the worst kind of torture and oppression but the human rights organizations were maintaining a silence for the sake of their economic benefits. The party members including Nisar Ahmad Rather, Fayaz Ahmad Butt and Riyaz Ahmad said the Kashmir valley, especially south and north Kashmir, were witnessing a new phase of terror and torture at the hands of brutal Indian forces. KASHMIR VOICE