All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC) held a meeting of its members and activists in Jammu on Sunday on the eve of Human Rights Week being observed from 10 December to 16 December. Speaking on the occasion, president of ASKPC Adv. Ravinder Raina briefing the activists of organization highlighted the scope of Human Rights and their potential to bring a positive change in society. He said, “International Human Rights day will mark the 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted this declaration on 10 December 1948.” He further said, “Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being.” Added, “The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948.”
Adv. Ravinder Raina while delivering on the human rights connected its role and importance in ameliorating the pitiable and dilapidated state of existence of Kashmiri Pandit community said, “Entire KP community was hounded out of valley by extremists and fascists in 1990 and since then this community is languishing outside its homeland.” Lamenting the role of Human rights agencies and United Nations in turning a blind eye towards this grave human rights violation, Ravinder Raina said, “ It is time these human rights groups take immediate cognizance of our displacement and address it to uphold the sanctity of institutions connected with Human Rights world over.”
Speaking on the occasion, general secretary Dr T K Bhat said, “Human rights declaration is a universal declaration and all member countries have a legal, moral and ethical binding to uphold and implement the tenants and guidelines of Human rights floated by United Nations.” Raising concern over denial of Human rights to KP community, T K Bhat said, “KPs have received a step motherly treatment at the hands of all dispensations at helm in power in Delhi.” Adding he said, “The abject marginalization of this community in all spheres of life is a living display of neglect by ruling powers in Delhi and state.”
Focusing on immediate intervention and action by Narender Modi led government, T K Bhat said, “We appeal to the Prime Minister of India to consider ‘UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement’ as an immediate interim mechanism to redress the long pending demands of internally displaced community from Kashmir.”
The other prominent members who attended the meeting n showed its concerns towards human rights violation of Kashmiri pandits were RK wangnoo Sr vice president Veena Gurtoo women wing, Ravi Raina youth president, SK Raina, B l Handoo and others.
All the activists and members of ASKPC and a uniform resolution was adopted appealing the prime minister to take concrete measures in upholding the human rights of KP community.