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Indian troops martyr two youth in Bandipore

Geneva, June 14 (KMS): The United Nations in its first-ever human rights report on Jammu and Kashmir has called for an urgent need to address past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice to all people in Kashmir.

The main focus of the report released by the United Nations Human Rights Office in Geneva, today, remained on the human rights situation in the Indian occupied Kashmir from July 2016 to April 2018. It said that people of Kashmir had been suffering a conflict for seven decades that had claimed or ruined numerous lives. The 49-page report by the UN on the human rights situation in Kashmir highlights a situation of chronic impunity for violations committed by Indian forces.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that the Kashmir conflict had robbed millions of the basic human rights and continued to this day to inflict untold suffering on the people of Kashmir. This is why, he stressed, any resolution of the political situation in Kashmir must entail a commitment to end the cycles of violence and ensure accountability for past and current violations and abuses, and provide redress for victims. Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein urged the UN Human Rights Council to consider establishing a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir.

The report also mentioned the Kunanposhpora mass rape, enforced disappearances, unmarked mass graves and use of pellet guns by the Indian troops and impunity given to the forces’ personnel under draconian law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

On the other hand, in occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two Kashmiri youth during a continued military operation in Panar area of Bandipore district, today. Earlier, an Indian soldier was killed in an attack in the same area.

Resistance leaders including Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in their messages extended greetings to the Muslims in Kashmir and around the world on the eve of Eidul Fitr. They demanded unconditional release of all prisoners on the great Muslim festival.

The three Kashmiri men who were recently released from New Delhi’s notorious Tihar jail have disclosed that senior APHC leader Shabbir Ahmed Shah was so ill that he could not stand for more than a minute even to offer prayers. Muhammad Siddique Ganai, Ghulam Jilani Lallu and Farooq Ahmad Dagga were released from the jail after eight years of illegal imprisonment.

The High Court Bar Association of occupied Kashmir in a statement in Srinagar criticized the appointment of a Bharatiya Janata Party politician, Chandra Mohan Sharma, as a member of the Human Rights Commission of the occupied territory.

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