Belgian photographer holds photo exhibition on ‘human rights violations’ in Kashmir at Brussels

Srinagar: Pakistan Administered Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Thursday inaugurated an exhibition of photographs by Belgian photographer and journalist Cedric Gerbehaye on the “human rights violations” in Jammu and Kashmir. The exhibition is part of the 11th Kashmir – EU Week taking place in Brussels from 5th to 8th of November and will continue at the Press Club Brussels, Europe for two weeks, Daily Times reported.

Photographs by Gerbehaye also featured in National Geographic magazine in June 2018 along with a story on Kashmir by Rania Abouzeid. His photographs depict misery of young people, the women and old people as well as misuse of force by the Indian forces. The intense anger against India which is growing among young people due to suppression and the brutal use of force by Indian security forces are particularly highlighted by Gerbehaye. A parallel exhibition of his photographs will also take place in European Parliament Strasbourg from 13th November.

Gerbehaye visited Kashmir in the wake of wave of protests by the people of Kashmir and “brutal use of force by Indian army” after the killing of Burhan Wani in July 2016. The use of pellet guns by Indian security forces throwing lead balls on the eyes of crowd resulted in the death and partial or total blindness of many demonstrators., the reports said.

An exhibition of Kashmiri arts and crafts was also organized at the Press club besides the photographs by Cedric Gerbehaye. On this occasion Prime Minister Pakistan administered Kashmir Raja Farooq and Chairman Kashmir Council EU Syed Ali Raza addressed the participants and highlighted the plight of people of Kashmir. The Kashmir – EU Week 2018 is being organized by the Kashmir Council – EU and hosted by MEPs Wajid Khan and Sajjad Karim.

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