Srinagar, March 19, 2014 (PPI-OT): Kashmiri leader, Shamim Shawl has said that despite a clear right to access and communicate with the international human rights bodies, human rights defenders in occupied Kashmir continue to face harassment, intimidation, attacks and reprisals for their work for promotion and protection of human rights. Shamim Shawl while addressing the 25th Session of United Nation Council on Human Rights under Agenda Item 5 in Geneva said, human rights defenders are not allowed to monitor human rights situation and voice for the victims in the occupied territory.
“Indian troops, under the protection of black laws, are targeting the Kashmiris and mainly the women human rights defenders. Over last 24years along with the killings of over hundred thousand innocent men and women a good number of human rights defenders were killed, detained, harassed and intimidated. Note human rights activist advocate Jalil Andrabi was killed in custody,” she added.
Ms. Zamruda Habib, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo and Maqbool Sahil were put behind bar for five long years for reporting on the human rights issues. Passports of Noted human rights defenders Parveez Imrooz and Hameeda Nayeem have been confiscated, she maintained. “All those human rights defenders who got the opportunity to meet Special Rapporteur on situation of Human Rights defenders and Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial killings during visits to Srinagar were harassed by the authorities.”
“It is time for the Council and member states to take concrete steps to protect human rights defenders from all forms of attacks. It is also high time for the council and member states to live up to the Council membership requirements to, uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights and fully cooperate with the General Assembly resolution 60/251.
Shamim shawl also chaired a seminar on women in conflict at Geneva. Kashmiri leader, Zamruda Habib addressed the seminar via video link from Srinagar. Other speakers included Dr Krishna Ahooja Petal, Christiane Perregaux and Sadani Malainine.
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