JRL calls for complete shutdown on December 10

Srinagar : Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has appealed for a complete shutdown in Kashmir on Monday on the eve of world human rights day.

The JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik urged the people to observe complete shutdown to highlight the human rights violations in Kashmir valley.

The JRL leaders urged the international community, all nations respecting human rights and people of India to take a serious note of the unending and unabated cycle of human rights abuses being committed by the lakhs of forces deployed across Kashmir past over three decades.

In a statement JRL said that as December 10 would witness mass rallies of people and activists  across the globe, wherein people would highlight upholding and respect for human rights, Kashmir would be among the very few places in the world where people would not be allowed to register their resentment and protest the worst kind of state oppression and terror in recent times that they are facing and which has left behind gory tales of rights violations.

The leadership said, “Jammu and Kashmir have seen and continues to see the worst ever human rights violations as state repression goes from bad to worse with the increase in killings, especially of youth to subvert the people movement.”

“With complete impunity to forces from accountability and centralised rule, the graph of human rights violations keeps rising. All political and religious rights of people are also suspended,” said JRL in a statement.

“Kashmir being the world’s highest militarised zone even the basic right to life is always under threat. Killings, torture arbitrary and illegal incarceration thrashing of youth, cordon and search military operation maiming and snatching the vision of people including infants has become an everyday affair,” the leaders in a statement said.

“Force is used against the people irrespective of gender as elderly, women, young girls, boys, and even infants are vulnerable victims of state aggression,” said the statement.

The Leadership said that the criminal silence adopted by international human rights bodies and activists over the ever deteriorating situation in Kashmir is extremely sad.

Leadership said that such is the suffocating situation of “repression” in Kashmir that when JRL announced to observe December 3-9 as human rights week, even candlelight protests were disallowed by the “authoritarian state” and anyone participating in it lodged in jails, apart from the pro-freedom activists who took part in peaceful candlelight and torch processions, the massive crackdown was launched on the traders, transporter and even businessmen who took out peaceful rallies against the grim human rights situation in Kashmir.

Leadership in a statement said, “the people of Kashmir will observe complete protest strike on December 10 to highlight the gruesome human right situation in the call and also to register their regret at the apathy of international community and rights organisations towards the plight of people of Kashmir.”

The Leadership once again urged the world peace organizations, the international community, Amnesty International Asia Watch, UNHRC and ICRC to take note of the Kashmir situation and put pressure on New Delhi to stop the “human rights violation” forthwith.

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