Yasin Malik Begins Two-day Hunger Strike To Focus On Rights
9 December 2007
Srinagar: On the eve of World Human Rights Day, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik on Sunday began a two-day hunger strike to protest against the increasing violation of human rights in Kashmir. A torchlight procession was also taken out by the JKLF to highlight the issue. Mr. Malik began his fast at the JKLF headquarters in Maisuma here along with his supporters. He was later joined by members of the Kashmir Bar association, the Employees Unions, the Trade Unions, and members of the intelligentsia, including Gyanpeeth Award winner Rehman Rahi, Zarif Ahmad Zarif, Sheikh Mohammad Iqbal and others. The speakers extended solidarity with Mr. Malik and stressed upon unity to fight the 'human rights violations at the hands of security forces.' Hailing the JKLF leader's initiative, the speakers said 'people are suffering but no one is coming to their rescue.' Stating that 'Kashmir is the most oppressed place,' Mr. Malik told The Hindu that in tune with the universal declaration of human rights by the United Nations, 'we are demanding that violations of human rights should be taken note of. This declaration is applicable in war and conflict zones also.'