“Massive HR violations in Kashmir should come to an end” Amnesty official

Berlin: Dr. Michael Gottlob of Amnesty International has said that the massive human rights violations in the Indian Held Kashmir should come to an end. In his meeting here with Sardar Masood Khan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Dr. Gottlob said that IOK was being treated like a colony.

Last year, he said, during a seminar on human rights in Kashmir held by Amnesty International in Bangalore, the organisation was accused of “sedition” because some participants had raised slogans of azaadi (freedom) and all Amnesty offices were closed.

Dr. Gottlob said that India should realise that a military solution of the Kashmir dispute was not possible.

He said that Jammu and Kashmir is divided; and “if Germany can be united, so should Jammu and Kashmir”.

Dr. Gottlob said that the space for human rights and human rights defenders was shrinking in India as Indian authorities, among others, were using denial of visa as a means to block fact finding in Kashmir.

He said that the United Nations Human Rights Council was the best forum for getting more attention to the situation in Kashmir.

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