Geneva, September 27, 2015 (PPI-OT): Kashmiri representative Altaf Hussain Wani has said that Indian continues to deny justice to the families of victims of enforced disappeared persons in occupied Kashmir. He said this while taking part in general debate on item 5 in the 30th session of United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Seeking HRC’s urgent attention towards the outcome of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of India he said New Delhi was handed over 169 recommendations to improve its HR record but it failed miserably to implement the recommendations.
Altaf Hussain Wani said that India was asked to repeal draconian laws like so-called Armed Forces Special Power Act, Public Safety Act and Foreign Contribution Regulations Act besides ratifying the convention against torture, enforced disappearances and inhuman and degrading treatment of people but notwithstanding to the HRC recommendations India did not implement even a single recommendation of the Council. Referring to Special rapporteur on Extra Judicial Summary and Arbitrary Execution Wani told the delegates that whatever little steps India had taken were still lingering in legislative process.
He said, “India did not comply to stop the construction work on the sites of mass graves and continues its policy to deny and obstruct justice to the families of victims of disappeared persons”. This Indian attitude on one hand he said was tantamount to disregard and undermine the importance of the special procedures of the Council while on the other it multiplies the miseries of people of Indian occupied Kashmir.
He said those co-operating with special procedures face reprisals from the state machinery. He said that passport of a noted Kashmiri human rights activist, Parveez Imroz, stands confiscated till date despite several interventions by the special procedures. He said that very recently Indian authorities suspended the passport of veteran Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Gilani when he was invited by OIC to attend an important meeting at New York.
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