Geneva, March 19, 2017 (PPI-OT): Kashmir representative, Altaf Hussain Wani has said that journalists working in the disputed territory of Kashmir have always been at the receiving end. Altaf Hussain Wani, taking part in the debate held under agenda item 5 of the 34th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, expressed serious concern over continued acts of intimidation and reprisal against journalists and human rights defenders in Kashmir.
He said, “Journalists walk on razor’s edge in Kashmir while covering daily events. They are often subjected to torture and detained arbitrarily by forces.”
Wani told the international audience that human rights defenders and journalists were facing severe hardships as the authorities continue to intimidate and harass them on one pretext or the other.
“Local human rights activists are summoned to police stations, questioned for their work and forced to put forward the view point of the authority”, he said, adding that noted rights activists, Kharrum Parvez was not allowed to attend the 33rd session of this UNHRC who was later arrested under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA).
He observed that government of India’s blunt refusal to allow OHCHR fact-finding mission to Kashmir and its unwillingness to facilitate the country visits of Working Group on Enforced Disappearance, Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and Special Rappoteur on Torture, and its reluctance to implement the recommendations of Special Rappoteurs speak volumes of Indian arrogant and aggressive attitude toward UN human rights systems.
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