The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Tuesday strongly condemned “the cycle of worst human rights violations being committed in Kashmir by the rulers”.
“As December 10 is globally observed as human rights day it was decided to commemorate a human rights week to bring focus on the grave violations in Kashmir and highlight them globally. But even organising peaceful events to register protest against the grave abuses taking place in Kashmir such as candlelight protest becomes an eye sore for the perpetrators as they immediately launched a massive crackdown on leadership and the pro-freedom activists to scuttle even the peaceful programs,” the JRL said in a statement.
The statement reads: “The authorities arrested all those who took part in candlelight protest including leaders Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Showkat Ahmed Baskhi, Abdur Rasheed, Muhammad Yasin Bhat and Sheikh Abdur Rasheed. These leaders were detained during nocturnal raids on their residences, which reflects the ultimate frustration and the worst form of authoritarianism.”
“While Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq remain illegally caged in their homes, other leaders that include Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and Bilal Sidique too have been placed under house detention while as JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik has been lodged in police custody since the commencement of so called panchayat elections where his health has deteriorated since past one week after which he has been hospitalised,” the statement said.
“Every form of peaceful means of protest against human rights violations or expression of dissent is crushed or forcibly disallowed making hartals the only option available,” it said.
“While all peaceful means of protest stands choked. Whosoever raises voice is awarded punishment in the form of draconian PSA. Because of the fact that every space for youth has been squeezed, they fell pushed to the wall and many were forced to pick up arms to fight this state aggression and terrorism,” the leaders said.
They statement reads: “We make it clear that by detaining the leaders, lodging them in jails, and scuttling peaceful means of protests won’t break the resolve of neither the resistance leadership nor the people of Kashmir. We urge every segment of the society to follow the programs announced by the JRL in connection with the ongoing HR week in a bid to wake up the international community.”
“We appeal to the world peace organizations, international community, Amnesty International Asia Watch, UNHRC and ICRC to take note of the obtaining Kashmir situation where innocent people are subjected to repression and even babies not spared the pellets and build pressure on New Delhi to stop the grave human rights violation forthwith,” the JRL said.