Support right to self-determination for Kashmir

Date: 8/2/2005


PRF resolves to support right to self-determination for Kashmir Asks India to stop ‘human rights abuses’/// GK CORRESPONDENT /// Jammu, Aug 1: The Punjab Rights Forum (PRF) in a resolution on Saturday expressed complete solidarity with the people of Kashmir in their struggle for self-rule and endorsed the call for right to self-determination of the people of Kashmir. /// “Through this resolution we commit solidarity with the people of Kashmir in their struggle to seek the right of self-determination,” said Mehta Adeep Singh President Shiromani Akali Dal (A) in a joint resolution passed with PRF at a convention on human rights violation at Trikuta Nagar. /// The PRF, a conglomerate of political activists and human rights activists, has been structured to join hands for what they called “a unified fight against state repression.” Castigating the government and the security forces involved in the killing of three children in Bangargund, Kupwara, the PRF has termed the act “as extrajudicial murder by the 6th Batallion of the Rashtriya Rifles.” /// “ The guilty army personnel and their top brass should not allowed to go unpunished on a ‘plea of mistaken identity’ and fast track justice should be done,” the resolution underlined. Above incident is not an isolated one, the PRF resolution said while adding the Indian Armed Forces are blatantly violating all the human rights and humanitarian rights convention. The PRF impressed upon National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to enhance its scope in Kashmir. /// The resolution appealed the international community for more international attention to the plight of the Kashmiri people. “ All western democracies, human rights activists and human rights organisation pressurise India to allow official access to Amensty International, International Committee of the Red Cross, Human Rights Watch to visit Kashmir and Panjab,” the resolution said. /// It should shock the world that for 23 years, these reputed international bodies have been denied access to various parts of India which are engaged in a struggle for survival and recognition, the resolution added. /// Moreover, the PRF has appealed to all parties concerned in Jammu and Kashmir to ensure the resettlement of Kashmiri pandit from their places of dislocation. /// The resolution urged PDP government not to imitate the policies of the Punjab government and desist from illegal detention of Sikh youth in Jammu. /// The organisation who participated in the convention were Punjab Human Rights Organisation, International Human Rights Organisation, Movement Against State Repression, Lawyers for Human Rights International, Khalra Mission Committee, Human Rights and Democracy Forum, Lok Raj Sangathana (New Delhi), Shrimoni Akali Dal (Amritsar), Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowala), Sikh Students Federation, Dal Khalsa, SGPC Member- Karnail Singh Panjoli, Bharti Kisan Union (Rajewal), Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta), Sikh Nari Manch, Indian Ex-services League (Panjab and Chandigarh), Damdami Taksal, Shrimomani Khalsa Panchayat and Sikh Human Rights Group (South Asia). /// ..........000000000