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JKLF observes hunger strike to protest abuses in Kashmir

Srinagar
Sep 12, 2006:

JKLF Hunger strike in Srinagar
Pro freedom Kashmiri separatist group, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front activists sat on a token hunger strike led by Chairman Yasin Malik in Srinagar today.

Malik said the token hunger strike was held to protest the ‘alarming spurt in human rights violations in the Kashmir valley’.

“We want to remind Indian Prime Minister Monmohan Singh of his promise of zero tolerance to Human rights abuses and show how their soldiers are violating it,” Malik said.

“It is really unfortunate that civilians are being killed and the killers are being rewarded. A handicap youth was shot dead while he was entering his home during night, a student was killed in broad day light at Dalgate, and civilians were used as human shields in Hapatnar area,” Malik added.

Members of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, and the Kashmir Bar Association also joined the token strike. Around a 1000 people including school children, women and intellectuals gathered in solidarity at the venue.

The hunger strike was also being observed simultaneously in Muzaffarabad, Rawalpindi, London and New York, Malik said.

Malik also announced that JKLF will initiate a ‘Jail Bharo Tehreek’ (voluntary arrests) from September 15 in which JKLF activists will court arrests in all the towns in Indian administered Kashmir.

Malik also welcomed the report of Human Rights Watch, released in Srinagar today.

“We have always urged that impartial human rights groups should be allowed to visit Kashmir” Malik said.

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