UNHCR apprised of surge in civilian killings in IOK

Geneva, June 16, 2015 (PPI-OT): Kashmiri leader, Altaf Hussain Wani, addressing the 29th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva has said that there is a disturbing rise in mysterious assassinations of freedom activists, especially in Sopore town of occupied Kashmir after Indian defence minister’s policy statement that India will use terrorists to deal with the freedom movement in Kashmir.

Altaf Hussain Wani is leading a seven-member Kashmiri delegation to the UNHRC session. The armed militias sponsored by Indian government and its secret agencies have killed six civilians in Sopore town during last three weeks.

Altaf Hussain Wani said that Jammu and Kashmir was a UN-recognized disputed territory and it was responsibility of the United Nations to ensure the protection of the human rights of the inhabitants of the occupied territory. He appealed to the UN system to include the situation in Kashmir in all reports that review human rights issues in the conflict zones of the world. He also urged the UN to appoint a special envoy on Kashmir.

Meanwhile, other members of the delegation Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Shameem Shawl and Ishtiaq Hamid during interactions with representatives of various organizations in Geneva urged the UNHRC to take strong notice of innocent killings and other human rights violations including continued illegal detention of Masarrat Aalam Butt and other Hurriyet leaders. They said that the curbs imposed on political activities of resistance leaders and people by the authorities in the occupied territory were against the international law.

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