Srinagar: On International Human Rights Day, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) said that for past three decades the abysmal human rights situation in Jammu & Kashmir due to the lingering conflict, though highlighted globally at various fora, has shown no sign of improvement, instead it has grown worse . Since August 5 2019, with unprecedented lockdowns , extra judicial measures , detentions and communications gags, human rights are the greatest casualty.
APHC said that all forms of human rights violations are unacceptable be it from the state , or killing of minority community members and non locals living here. The universal principle of upholding human rights applies to all human beings irrespective of their identity.
APHC said that an atmosphere of fear and intimidation permeates J-K especially the valley, in order to coerce people of all sections of society.
Despite the global pandemic coronavirus (Covid-19), hitting us all many times the basic facility of communication and internet is inaccessible to the people of J-K thereby adding to our woes and miseries .
Black laws are ruling the roost in Jammu & Kashmir for the past three decades resulting in deaths extra judicial and custodial killings. Tens of thousands of people have been subjected to enforced disappearance.
Arbitrary arrests and imprisonments at the will of the state through force and coercion is the order of the day.
Thousands of activists including human rights activists , youth , political workers respected members of civil society social workers and political leaders are languishing in jails without charges and access to legal redressal .
Owing to this policy APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar is under arbitrary house detention for the last more than two years.
APHC today once again makes a strong appeal to international human rights organisations which include United Nations Human Rights Council, Amnesty International, Asia Watch, National Human Rights Commission; and to the conscience of international leaders and policy makers and to all people in general and people of India in particular to play their part in ensuring that the conflict is resolved and the fundamental human rights of people of J-K are respected and reinstated .
APHC also appeals to all these forums for the release of Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the entire political leadership and all the political prisoners and youth of J-K imprisoned in various jails across India.