UN Rapporteur arriving today on fact finding mission

UN Rapporteur arriving today on fact finding mission

SRINAGAR: United Nations Special Rapporteur, Christof Heyns, is visiting Kashmir from tomorrow on a fact-finding mission during which he is scheduled to meet human rights activists, members of bar association and civil society besides victims.

Sources told KNS that Heyns will address a press conference here at 3 PM immediately after his arrival here. During the 15-minute press conference, Heyns will answer queries of journalists and also talk about details of his visit to the state, they added.

“Chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), Parveena Ahangar is also scheduled to meet the UN Rapporteur,” sources told KNS.

APDP coordinator, Zahoor Ahmad Wani confirmed to KNS that Ahangar is scheduled to meet Heyns. “Parveena will brief the UN Rapporteur about the human rights violations in Kashmir and also present documentary evidences,” he said.

Sources said, Heyns is scheduled to meet a delegation of Kashmir Bar Association led by its President Mian Abdul Qayoom at 5 PM on Monday. Later, they said, UN Rapporteur, will meet members of Coalition of Civil Societies (CCS).

CCS Coordinator, Khuram Parvez said they are meeting UN Rapporteur at around 5:30 PM. “During the meeting a detailed report related to fake encounter killings, custodial killings, enforced disappearances and killings of peaceful protesters by police and troops will be presented to the UN Rapporteur,” he added.

The Rapporteur has been asked by the UN Human Rights Council to examine situations of extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions in the last more than two decades of conflict.

Heyns had sought a report from Government of India about 2010 killings in the Valley. The report by Heyns which was tabled at the 17th Session of the UNHRC at Geneva in 2011, discloses that a letter was dispatched by his office to India’s representative at the UN on October 22, 2010 to seek report over the allegations of killings of civilians by the “military and police forces” in Kashmir from June 11 to August 7 that year.

The annexure of the letter shot by Heyns’ office carries the details of killings from Tufail Matoo to Aisha Sheikh.

[Kashmir Times]

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