Dr Nisar denounces crackdown on social media in IOK

Aug 18th, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized

In occupied Kashmir, while condemning booking of What’s Up and Facebook administrators by police, President Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan has said that crackdown on social media is a violation of civil liberties.The DAK President in a statement issued in Srinagar said that civil liberties were personal guarantees and freedoms that authorities “cannot abridge and in fact are dutiful to protect them.”

“Freedom of expression is a fundamental and inalienable right of an individual in a liberal democracy,” Nisar-ul-Hassan said, adding that curbing expression of free opinion is human rights abuse as per universal declaration of human rights.

He said that social media is used by Kashmiris to express their pain and make visible the horrendous atrocities in valley to international community.

“Social media is crucial and vital in Kashmir where traditional and conventional means of communication are either blocked or censored. It is critical in Kashmir as authorities are trying to prevent coverage of what is happening”, Nisar-ul-Hassan said.

“Police and other agencies are desperate as their illegalities can no longer go unnoticed because of ubiquity of social media,” he added.

“Police in the valley act without accountability and misuse the power they enjoy,” Hassan said, adding, that it was dictatorial and autocratic to criminalize dissent as treason and free opinion as espionage.

 

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