There can be no lasting peace or sustainable development without respect for human rights and the rule of law, says Farooq Abdullah, Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar, Addressing a conference on the occasion on World Human Rights Day, Mr. Abdullah who is also the President of National Conference (NC) highlighted human rights violations in the Valley.
In June 2018, the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commission in a first ever 49-page report called for an urgent need to address past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice to all people in Kashmir. The report stated that impunity for human rights violations and lack of access to justice are the key human rights challenges in the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
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Mr. Abdullah said his party the National Conference has taken it upon itself to ensure the people of the state all the basic rights.
Times of India quoted Abdullah saying “Our hopes for a more just, safe and peaceful world can only be achieved when there is universal respect for the inherent dignity and equal rights of all members of the human beings.”
He said it was NC that made a common peasant master of his land. “The revolutionary steps like single line administration, upgradation of medical facilities and granting gender neutral voting rights to all have gone a long way in elevating the living standards of the people in our state”, he added.
Mr. Abdullah said the need of the hour is granting regional and zonal autonomous councils for elevating the living standards of people in the remote and hilly areas of our state like the Chenab region and Pir Panchal region.
Meanwhile, a complete protest strike, called by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), was observed in Kashmir to highlight the ‘gruesome human rights situation’ and also to register their regret at the apathy of the international community and rights organizations towards the plight of people of the Valley. In a statement, the JRL urged the world peace organizations and the international community to take note of the Kashmir situation and put pressure on New Delhi to stop the grave human rights violations forthwith.
Human rights violation is an ongoing issue in Kashmir since it is a conflict zone, torn between two nuclear-powered nations – India and Pakistan.