Kashmir & Int’l Day for Right to Truth Concerning Gross HRV


The global world each year, on 24 March, observes the International Day for the Right to the Truth Regarding Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims. Rhetorically, the right to the truth is often beseeched in the perspective of gross violations of human rights and severe breaches of humanitarian law. The relatives of victims of summary executions, enforced disappearance, missing persons, abducted children, torture, require to know what happened to them. The right to the truth implies knowing the full and complete truth as to the events that transpired, their specific circumstances, and who participated in them, including knowing the circumstances in which the violations took place, as well as the reasons for them. This annual observance pays tribute to the memory of Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero, who was murdered on 24 March 1980. Monsignor Romero was actively engaged in denouncing violations of the human rights of the most vulnerable individuals in El Salvador. Nevertheless, with reference to this Day Kashmir has always been treated a discriminatory case by the global community. Kashmir has been under a lockdown for months. Fearing that Kashmiris might protest the revocation of autonomy provided to Jammu and Kashmir State under India’s constitution, the fascist Modi clamped down. Since the restrictions in August, the government has taken slow, reluctant steps to ease some of them, but is still falling far short in upholding Kashmiri rights. Many of the thousands arbitrarily arrested, lawyers, shop owners, traders, students, rights activists , have now been released, but reportedly only after promising not to criticize the government. Some senior Kashmiri political leaders, including former chief ministers, remain in custody. However, this humanitarian clampdown will go unnoticed like previous years on this particular day.

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