Appoint war crimes tribunal for J and K, Hurriyat Conference

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Srinagar, May 15 (UNI) The breakaway Hurriyat Conference (HC) has appealed to United Nations Organisation (UNO) to appoint a war crimes tribunal for Jammu and Kashmir and persuade Indian authorities to allow Human Rights (HR) groups to visit here.

In a one-page memorandum to Secretary General of UNO through UN Military Observers (UNMO) office at Sonawar here, the chairman of the HC Syed Ali Shah Geelani said a local NGO Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) had discovered a graveyard where one thousand persons were laid to rest without their identification.

However, he said despite the fact that the graveyard was discovered several months back, the International community seems to be indifferent towards this discovery.

This is not the only graveyard where victims of custodial torture and extra judicial killings have been buried but one among the so many which exist in whole of Jammu and Kashmir state, he alleged in the memorandum which was presented to UNMO by three senior leaders of the HC Ghulam Nabi Sumbji, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar and Mohamamd Shafi Lone.

" People of Kashmir who are suffering for past sixty years feel disgusted on account of indifferent attitude of international community," Mr Geelani said.

He said UN charter imposes an obligation upon the United Nations to address the Human Rights situation and adopt special measures regarding the places where from reports of consistent and gross violations of Human Rights are received.

UN Security Council appointed war crime tribunals to punish the perpetrators of crimes against humanity and violations of international humanitarian law both in Bosnia and Rwanda.

APHC demands that international community should respond to the Human Rights(HR) situation in Kashmir in the same manner and appoint a war crimes tribunal for Jammu and Kashmir.

Suffering humanity in Kashmir deserves to be heard and responded by the international organisations, it said.

The war crimes tribunal should have mandate to identify the culprits of HR abuses and penalize them.

We also demand the mandate of UN observers mission in Kashmir should be enhanced and monitoring of human rights situation be included within its mandate.

International community should also persuade Indian government to give free access to global Human Rights groups and allow them to work anywhere within the territory of Jammu and Kashmir state.

The mandate of those international NGOs like ICRC which are already working in Kashmir should also be enhanced so that they too can play a positive role in highlighting the pathetic Human Rights situation in Kashmir.

Worsening Human Rights situation demands a pro-active approach on the part of United Nations and we expect facilitation of the same from your Excellency, the memorandum said.

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