Colombo brings up India's questionable HR record in Kashmir

Colombo brings up India’s questionable HR record in Kashmir


Srinagar, February 25, 2013 (PPI-OT): With the Manmohan Singh government mulling to vote for the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka in the March session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Sri Lankans have brought up India’s questionable human rights record in occupied Kashmir to rein in New Delhi.

Sri Lankan Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in an interview reminded India that UK’s Channel 4, which was showing videos about Sri Lanka to tarnish Lanka’s image ahead of the UNHRC session, had shown a similar video in July last year on Indian atrocities in Kashmir.

The Channel 4 video Kashmir’s Torture Trail showed how Indian forces killed 118 demonstrators, many of them children. It was a “powerful and shocking film uncovering a State-sanctioned torture programme that had set India on a collision course with the international community.”

Gotabaya recalled that a section of UK’s influential print media had backed the Channel 4 documentary on Kashmir. He said that the Indian media had, at that time, wondered how the Channel 4 team was present in the valley when the stone throwing movement took place.

Writing in the State-owned Daily News, columnist Lucien Rajakarunanayake pointed out that the British media, which had gone ballistic on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka, was silent on the huge human rights violations that India was committing in Kashmir – the latest being the hanging of Afzal Guru – described by the Indian media itself, as an “Execution Most Foul”. He attributed the stony silence of the British media to Britain’s need to sell its products to India.

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