‘Killings, curbs on people continued Govt closed Jamia Masjid on 18 Fridays’
Srinagar: The annual report of Hurriyat Conference (Mirwaiz) on the human rights situation in Kashmir has painted a grim picture of the overall scenario with figures suggesting that nothing has changed on ground and instead the graph of killings has shown an upward trend in year 2017.
The report has termed the attack on Amarnath pilgrims and lynching of a policeman outside Jamia Masjid as gruesome and has asserted that frequent lockdown of the central masjid this year deserves all condemnation.
The report prepared by the human rights division of the Hurriyat Conference (M), released on Saturday here, says that the year saw 391 deaths in total of which 97 were civilians, 81 forces personnel and 212 militants.
“As compared to 2016, which witnessed 389 killings, the graph of killings during this year showed slight upward trend,” the report reads.
It stated that in 2017, the killings, incidents of violence, border firings and curbs on the public movement was witnessed throughout the year. “Imposition of curfew, restrictions on peoples’ movement, freezing internet services, disallowing protests, killing and injuries of people, use of lethal weapons as crowd control measure remained unchanged,” it reads. “As the wounds of 2016 were still fresh, Kashmir suffered in 2017 as well.”
The report also talks about the three civilian killings in eight days of December 2017 -two lactating women and a taxi driver. It terms the attack on the bus ferrying Amarnath yatris and the lynching of a police officer outside Jamia Masjid as gruesome. “These incidents were condemned by each and every segment of society which proved that such incidents cannot be justified,” the report reads.
Stating that while resistance leadership were caged, National Investigation Agency conducted raids and arrested many leaders and framed them under “frivolous charges”, who stand detained in Delhi’s Tihar Jail.
The report states that congregational Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid here were disallowed for 18 Fridays while chief cleric of Kashmir Mirwaiz Umar Farooq remained under house arrest most part of the year.
The report also mentions Farooq Ahmed Dar, who was made human shield during parliamentary elections in Budgam district with army tying him to their jeep. “This was brazen violation of international treaties and international humanitarian laws,” the report says.
“Although the incidents of enforced disappearance and fake encounters have come down, but serious allegations of a fake encounter from a family in Handwara area in August serves as a pointer that such incidents continue.”
The report says that cases of violation of juvenile rights were also reported and it was learnt that the proper implementation of the Act concerning their rights remained a half-hearted exercise.
“In this horrific scenario, there is no respite to the people in Kashmir and every right-thinking person can see the futility of aggressive posturing as it has not yielded any positive result in the past,” it reads. “What should be paramount for all the concerned is a sincere effort.”
Below is Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman tweet:-
— Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (@MirwaizKashmir) December 30, 2017