SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) and High Court Bar Association on Friday welcomed the report and the recommendations made by Amnesty International regarding human rights abuses by armed forces and repeal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPSA).
“The report by Amnesty International is a welcome step. The international community should take strong notice of the report and pressurize India into revoking the barbaric law immediately,” Mirwaiz, according to a statement, said while addressing a gathering at the Jamia Masjid.
He said that it was the moral responsibility of UN to use its office to rescind the draconian law from Kashmir. “The international Human Rights bodies should also take strong notice of the damning report which documents the rights violations committed by Indian army and Indian paramilitary and police forces in Kashmir,” he said.
In a statement, a Bar Association spokesman sought an independent probe into the human rights violations “which have taken place ever since the aforesaid draconian law has been enacted and applied to Muslim-dominated areas of J&K.”
He also called for removal of the requirement of sanction or prior permission to prosecute army and other security personal involved in the human rights violations in civil courts.
“The Bar Association feels that the report of Amnesty International is an eye opener for India and its leadership as it is based on in-depth research in J&K,” he said.
The spokesman said that the report included interviews with 58 family members of victims of human rights violations, Right to Information applications, examination of police and court records, interviews with Civil Society members, lawyers, government officials and analysis of government and legal documents related to over 100 cases.
“The Bar Association feels that the GoI should have taken a lesson from the latest report of Amnesty International and agreed to become a signatory to the International Conventions on Human Rights and concede to the right of self-determination of the people of J&K,” he added.
Hailing Amnesty International’s recommendation for removal of controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Jammu and Kashmir, ruling PDP today said it has vindicated the party’s stand on the issue.
PDP spokesperson Mehboob Beg, in a statement, appealed to the Central government to consider the recommendation made by the international human rights body in its report ‘Denied: Failures in accountability for human rights violations by security force personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’ and said it is a “vindication of PDP’s stand on the issue”.