A Citizens fact-finding report on the continuing violence in the Kashmir has concluded that “the BJP government at the Centre and the PDP-BJP government in J&K are engaged in actions that amount to a complete violation of universally accepted human and democratic rights and of the very Indian constitution they claim to want to impose in the Kashmir valley”.
The executive summary of the report titled ‘Why are people protesting in Kashmir?’ released to the media in Delhi today has held government actions amount to:
While deploring such gross violations of rights and liberties of citizens, the report adds, “We are also distressed by the fact that senior members of the BJP government have made, and continue to make, inflammatory and provocative statements against the peoples of Kashmir. Regrettably, the parliamentary Opposition has lacked the political courage and will to call upon the accountability of government actions.”
“We also conclude that the actions of the BJP government at the Centre and the PDP-BJP government in J&K are acts of vengeance at forcing the people of Kashmir into subjugation by using every possible force available to the government for breaking the peoples’ resolve for a democratic settlement to achieve their aspirations.”
“As representatives of diverse peoples’ movements, trade unions and other organizations in India, and as Indian citizens, we can say without hesitation that the actions of the Indian state in Kashmir amount to profound violation of democratic and human rights”.
The fact-finding citizens group has called upon the Indian government to undertake immediate remedial measures including the following remedial:
The signatories to the report include, Amirtharaj Stephen (Photographer), Anuradha Bhasin (Pakistan India Forum for Peace and Democracy), Bilal Khan (Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan), Devisingh Tomar (Narmada Bachao Andolan), Gautam Mody (New Trade Union Initiative), Id Khajuria (Pakistan India Forum for Peace and Democracy), Jatin Desai (Pakistan India Forum for Peace and Democracy), Kavita Krishnan (All India Progressive Womens Association), Lakshmi Premkumar (Researcher), Madhuresh Kumar (National Alliance of Peoples Movements), Medha Patkar (Narmada Bachao Andolan), Mujahid Nafees (National Forum on Right to Education).
Read the entire report, Why are People Protesting in Kashmir.