By News Desk
GENEVA – The Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR) has submitted a memorandum to various rapporteurs on UN Human Rights Commission here Tuesday. Director institute Altaf Wani said in the memo:
“As a civil society activist and human rights defender I would like to draw your attention towards the deteriorating human rights situation of Indian Occupied Kashmir. As time is running and death tool increasing, it was very difficult to send to urgent appeals and file cases through relevant procedures.
Life in Kashmir valley is paralyzed, eighth day of curfew, 50 innocent killings , since the extra-judicial killing of a militant Burhan Wani and his two associates by Indian army and Jammu Kashmir police. While according to press reports over 3100 people were injured in all parts of Kashmir valley. Government forces used brute force, like live ammunitions and pellet guns to quell the marchs heading to participate in the funeral of slain militant. Police and CRPF were seen attacking ambulance services, harassing para –medical staff and intimidating ambulance drivers at different places. At least three hospitals were raided by CRPF and police , District Hospital Anantnag, SMHS hospital Srinager and Lalpure hospital is Kupwara district.
It is shocking and painful that Indian armed forces have yet again unleashed terror on the mourners and protesters, resulting in massive civilian casualties. The police and armed forces appear to have free hand to kill, injure, torture and destroy property. The government of India and Jammu and Kashmir lack the will to institute a crowd control policy, which can ensure no or minimized civilian casualties.
All causalities happened because of live ammunition firing and pellet gun injuries. Victim received bullets on chest, head and other upper parts of the body, and also pellets proved deadly and also cause of loss of vision to many victims. So for over 150 eye surgery operations have been carried out and Doctor believe because of non-availability of specialists and equipment there is danger of people losing vision and life. So for over 70 people are reported having lost either one eye or both. Doctor says it is war like situation in Kashmir. About 300 injured are critical conditions and are battling for life.
The government has directed the operators to snap the services of cellular services, who had some low connectivity. The government has already snapped the Major cellular services, Ariel,Vodafone and Reliance along with data facility in entire Kashmir valley from 8th of July 2016. In order to put a complete end to the flow of information, government forces raided newspaper offices to seize the copies of newspapers and banned all Cable TV networks in Kashmir valley.
Police raided the office of Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Uzam and seized over 50,000 copies of newspapers.
“On Saturday midnight the government authorities here banned Greater Kashmir’s July 16 edition from printing and circulation by raiding the Greater Kashmir Corporate office at Rangreth on city outskirts. The police authorities also seized the plates of Greater Kashmir, more than 50,000 printed copies of Kashmir Uzma Urdu newspaper, and closed down the GKC printing press.
Police also raided the press to seize the copies of Rising Kashmir, Kashmir reader and other publications. Police seized the vehicles carrying the newspapers and harassed drivers and took them to police stations. Staff members of press and staff members of Newspapers were harassed and intimidated.
Raja Mohi-ud-Din, the owner of KT Press, which prints eight newspapers in the Valley, said that his press was also shut down. “Police seized newspaper copies in thousands besides printing material and plates of a few newspapers.”
The Valley-based print media outlets Saturday held sit-in protest against the government’s move to ban publication of newspapers at Srinagar’s press enclave.
Holding placards, newspaper owners/editors stated that: “An emergency meeting of Kashmir based newspaper editors/owners was held on Saturday afternoon in which the situation arising out of the police raids on all the printing presses was discussed threadbare” and termed government action as press emergency.
Medical services: Due to continued curfew and suspension of cell phone services patient care is worst hot and patients suffer the consequences. Dr. Association has called for the restoration of cell phone services in Indian occupied Kashmir. He said at times doctors need to discuss problems with other doctors for better ad second opinion. There is shortage of essentials and medicines in all parts of Kashmir valley. People accused forces for not allowing them to move out to local medical shops and stores to buy essential items and medicine.
While shopkeeper and medical store owners are forced by police to shutter down their shops. If such situation continues, there can be increase in deaths as most of the people injured are in critical condition and other patients in the hospitals may also have face adverse effects. These actions of government of India are in contravention of International human rights standards and warrant your urgent action. I have already submitted sufficient information to the office of the high commissioner in this regard but I would like you to monitor the situation and take steps accordingly and issue statement in order to protect the precious lives of innocent people. It is requested that the Human Rights Commission should:
1. Call upon government of India to put an end to these brutalities and restrain its forces from using lethal weapons to disperse peaceful assemblies.
2. Respect the right to assembly peacefully and to seek and disseminate information.
3. Stop attacks on ambulances and torture of patients and para-medics
4. Restore all cell phone services
5. Restore all cable TV networks
6. Make proper arrangements for the treatment of injured persons
7. Release all activists and political leaders
8. Repeal Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)
9. Allow international human rights mechanism to visit Kashmir.