Mirwaiz Concerned About Situation of Dalits in India

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Srinagar, Sept 22 : Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed concern on the human rights situation in India particularly referring to the deplorable situation of Dalits, Adivasis, violence against women and religious minorities specifically referring to the recent Assam violence in which, hundreds of Muslims were brutally assaulted and murdered.

According to a Hurriyat handout, he was addressing a roundtable dialogue organised by International Council for Human Rights with its ECOSOC partner International Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IHRAAM) titled Human Rights in India: Convention against Torture and International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearances at the Palais Des Nations – Geneva as a side event to the India UPR at the 21st Session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference was the keynote speaker at the roundtable.

Referring to the gruesome situation on the human rights front in ‘Indian Held Kashmir’, he expressed his anguish on the continued human rights violations under the garb of draconian black laws such as the Armed Forces (Jammu & Kashmir) Special Powers Act and the Public Safety (Jammu & Kashmir) Act which, give complete impunity to the Indian armed forces operating in Jammu & Kashmir from being prosecuted for their gruesome crimes in any court.

He lamented that even the Indian National Human Rights Commission has no access to intervene to the complaints made against the armed forces personnel. He revealed that the Indian State Human Rights Commission has reported that there were more than 3000 nameless and mass graves existing in various parts of Kashmir.

He regretted that recently the State chief Secretary rejected holding of any investigation on mass graves despite the European Parliament and the UN working Group on Involuntary and Enforced Disappearances have called for an Independent and impartial investigation. He therefore considers the ratification’s of CAT and International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances and the revocation of AFSPA and PSA crucial.

He stated that India was living in the state of denial, by not accepting the ground realities in Kashmir.

He emphasized that the Kashmir struggle was peaceful and indigenous in nature. He reiterated the All Parties Hurriyat Conference was committed to a meaningful dialogue with India nd Pakistan for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. He however clarified that talks and killings cannot go together and India has to implement the suggestions given by the APHC to make the ground situation conducive for dialogue.

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