Press Release of Bar Association ….19.7.2016
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Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association Srinagar.
Jammu and Kashmir Bar association noticing the continuous repressive measures resorted to
be the state and its functionaries including men in uniform, convened an emergency meeting of its
executive members despite imposition of curfew in all districts of the valley, and in its meeting the
association expressed its grief and grave concern about the unending cycle of violence resorted to by
the armed forces aimed at supressing the popular voice of people seeking right of self-determination
and quelling the civil protest against the indiscriminate use of force and human rights violation
committed by men in uniform, which has resulted in death of more than 45 civilians which include
men women and minor children and scores of people have been maimed, some turned blind due to
indiscriminate use of PELLET GUN which has proved to be lethal endangering human life . The
Association condemned the excessive use of force to disperse civil protest held at Qazi Gund
resulting in death of three persons including one middle aged women, whose minor son aged about
eight years continues to be in critical condition.
Bar Association also took serious note of the continuous arm twisting measures resorted to by
the state and its functionaries in prohibiting press publication so as to prevent the outside world
from getting information about the atrocities committed upon civil population of the state and save
itself from ignonimity at the hands of international bodies associated with protection and
preservation of civil, political and human rights. Bar association also expressed its concern about the
prohibition imposed on use of internet and cell phone facility, such prohibition in the estimation of
association is to prevent the state of India and local administration to have a field day in not only
curbing the civil and political rights of people but also use indiscriminate use of fire power to supress
the popular voice and resilience shown by the people.
Bar association also appreciated the concern shown by USA, China and UN Head, Organisation
of Islamic states about the deteriorating situation prevailing in state of Jammu and Kashmir and
seeking resolution of dispute in accordance with popular will of the people. The association has
made fervent appeal to all Heads of States to use their good offices in persuading the state of India
to desist from supressing the will of the people and use of disproportionate force against civil
protestors fighting for their civil and political right of self-determination.
JK HIGH COURT BAR ASSOCIATION