Shutdown, Protests Mark HR Day In Kashmir Valley

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SRINAGAR —Kashmir Valley observed a complete shutdown on Monday on world human rights day, the call for which was given by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL).

All shops and other commercial establishments including most petrol pumps were closed in Srinagar and other district headquarters of the valley.

Public transport was off the roads while a skeletal movement of private vehicles could be seen in the Srinagar and other major towns of the Valley.

The JRL comprising both factions of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq respectively besides JKLF chief Yasin Malik had called for the strike against “grave human rights abuses” in the Valley at the hands o government forces.

Besides the shutdown, the JRL has asked people to observe December 10 , International Human Rights Day, as a black day.

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The leadership had appealed to the international human rights agencies to take note of “grave” human rights violations taking place in Kashmir and pressurise India to stop the violations.  

 “Jammu and Kashmir has 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,” the leaders had said in a statement issued last week.

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

Meanwhile, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), held a silent sit-in protest. The family members of disappeared youth castigated the successive governments for being “indifferent” towards their pain and agony. “Neither National Conference nor PDP did anything for us to trace out our loved one.,” said an elderly woman whose son was “picked” by Border Security Forces during a crackdown 18 years ago and since then she doesn’t know where he is.

Wearing white headbands with names of disappeared people written in black, the relatives participated in APDP’s sit-in program to draw attention of the government and the media about their loved ones

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