Srinagar, March 09, 2013 (PPI-OT): Kashmiri representative, Mrs Shamim Shwal has apprised the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) about Indian atrocities against the people of occupied Kashmir. Mrs Shamim Shwal addressing the 22nd session of the UNHRC in Geneva on behalf of the International Muslim Women’s Union pointed out that despite accepting the recommendation to put a moratorium on death penalty, during the 2nd cycle of UPR in September 2012, India hanged a Kashmir youth, Mohammad Afzal Guru in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on February 9, this year.
She deplored that on one hand an innocent Kashmiri was hanged, while on the other, Indian troops and police personnel involved in gross human rights violation in occupied Kashmir were rooming free because of impunity.
She said that the institutional culture of moral, political and juridical impunity in the occupied territory had resulted in enforced and involuntary disappearance of an estimated 8,000 persons, besides more than 94,000 deaths, and disclosures of more than 6,000 unknown, unmarked and mass graves. The last 22 years have also seen regular extra-judicial killings punctuated by massacres, she added.
She informed the President of the UNHRC that all print and electronic media was under crackdown after Guru’s execution and police and paramilitary forces used brute force on peaceful protesters, who were demanding the handing over of his mortal remains to his family. She said that several person were killed by indiscriminate firing and two person died due the pepper gas used against protesters in old city in Srinagar.
Shamim Shawl said that all pro-liberation leaders including the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and other Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmed Shah and Nayeem Ahmed Khan were put under house arrest and behind the bars.
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