Friday, 30 May 2008

Stop genocide of Kashmiris

Stop genocide of Kashmiris
On one hand India has offered talks to resolve the Kashmir dispute and on the other hand has immensely increased the number of custodial killings in Kashmir. Evidence clearly shows that there is increased oppression and human rights abuse in Kashmir.

To bring this to the world attention Mohammed Yasin Malik, Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front has announced 36 hours hunger strike. He will be joined by other senior colleagues like Javed Ahmad Mir, Dr Ghulam Mohammad Hubbi and Ghulam Rasool Dar Eidi.

In support of this much- needed action, JKLF leaders are having hunger strikes in London, New York and Islamabad.
The JKLF Chief announced that if the custodial killings were not stopped within a month, they would launch fast until death in New Delhi. He added that the JKLF wanted to draw the attention of international community and human rights activists of India towards the grim situation in Valley.Mr Yasin Malik said when he launched fast until death last time in New Delhi, he ended it on the assurance by the human rights organisations that they would take a serious note of this. The then home minister of the United Front government also gave an assurance that the custodial killings will come to an endJKLF Chairman further said that for the last four months the situation has altogether changed. The number of custodial killings has increased. Some details is as follows:
· 31 persons were killed in fake encounters this month alone
· 10 people were killed in April
· 7 people were killed in March
· 16 people were killed in February
· 13 people were killed in January

Giving more details Mr Yasin Malik said, Neyaz Ahmad Sofi of Mass Movement was arrested before hundreds of people from his office and later killed after four hours in a fake encounter. Nana of Basant Bagh, a political activist, was arrested from his house in front of his family and killed in custody. Four civilians were arrested from Sopore and killed on border. A youth was killed at Khayam a few days back. Mr Yasin Malik said government of India is involved in genocide of Kashmiris, and the international community must play its due role to stop this. He further said Kashmir dispute must be resolved for the sake of peace and security in South Asia, and the way forward is to let the people of Kashmir decide their future.

Those who participated in the hunger strike: Shabir Choudhry, Majid Tramboo and Soofi Najib.

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