Kashmir’s joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik on Friday submitted a memorandum to secretary general of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, asking the world body to break its silence and take note of human rights violations in Kashmir.
The JRL said the memorandum was e-mailed to the UN office in Srinagar and its New York headquarters
“For, how long are we helplessly going to watch our young boys being sent to their graves while the international community is acting as a mute spectator,” Mirwaiz tweeted about the memorandum.
“We the people of J&K through this memorandum bring into your kind notice the extremely grave, grim and urgent situation; the atrocities perpetuated upon the people of Kashmir and extreme abuse of human rights of people of Kashmir at the hands of the armed forces. Atrocities are touching new heights each day,” the memorandum reads. “As we write to you, we had planned a peaceful sit in outside the UNMOGIP office in Srinagar to highlight the killings and repression, and present a memorandum. But all space and scope for peaceful resistance has been choked, the authorities as usual have enforced curfew and restrictions in many parts of Kashmir and sealed all roads leading to the UN office. The leadership, our aides and youth have been arrested.”
“The people of Kashmir for the past seven decades are struggling to get their right to self-determination which was promised to them by the United Nations Charter and the resolutions passed by UN Security Council on Kashmir dispute. People of Kashmir have given huge sacrifices in terms of life, property and what not for the achievement of this right.”
“However, to deny them their legitimate right, Kashmir is being ruled by the dint of military power, aspirations of the people are being trampled under the jackboots and their rights usurped by the state’s repressive machinery by using all possible means of suppression and coercion,” the memorandum reads. “Sir, the Government of India has waged a war against the unarmed civilian population of Jammu and Kashmir. Senior ministers and army generals of India including the chief of army staff have openly admitted that they are fighting a dirty war in Kashmir. Relentless killing of youth and civilians arbitrary arrests and harassment of young boys and subjecting them to torture, imposition of curfews and restrictions, raids and vandalizing of homes and persecution and caging of resistance leadership by the forces and police who enjoy unbridled power and zero accountability have become a routine affair in Kashmir.”
“Sir we ask you, how long are we helplessly going to watch our young boys being sent to their graves while the world watches silently?,” the memorandum reads.
It states that even the Home Ministry of India has admitted in the Parliament that 112, 85 and 21 civilians were killed in 2010, 2016 and 2017 respectively. “It has also admitted the injuries to 1047, 8932 and 107 in 2010, 2016 and 2017 respectively. It has also admitted that 12650 persons were either arrested or put behind the bars under the Public Safety Act,” the memorandum reads. “The Government is also trampling our religious freedom and rights of the people. Most of the central mosques, including the historic Jama-Masjid of Srinagar are repeatedly locked down on Fridays to prevent devotees from offering Friday prayers there. Today for the fifth consecutive Friday no prayers were allowed there.”
“The issue of Kashmir is primarily about the people of Kashmir and their right to self-determination. Our struggle is rooted in a quest for justice and dignity. We are victims of sustained aggression from a state which claims to be democratic but which uses primarily un-democratic ways to extinguish our right to self-determination.”
It said: “We appeal your good self and through you to all the member nations of United Nations to take serious note of the prevailing situation of the grotesque abuse of human rights in Kashmir and a war like situation between the armies of India and Pakistan along the Line of Control in Kashmir, to come forward at this most critical juncture for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and play an effective role to end atrocities and suppression on Kashmiris especially the systematic killing of our youth.