Al-Jazeera speaks for Kashmir

AlJazeera has recently published an excellent article on Indian occupied Kashmir with respect to human rights violations that India is doing there.  Kashmiri rights group documented structure of impunity and violence, including killings and enforced disappearances. The link of the report is: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/india-covering-abuses-kashmir-report-150910003213898.html

The Indian government has covered up hundreds of cases of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, torture and enforced disappearances in the disputed territory of Kashmir.

Khurram Parvez, programme coordinator of Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCSS) had told Al Jazeera about the release of the report titled ‘Structures of Violence: The Indian State in Jammu and Kashmir’. The Indian government had allowed systemic violence to take root in the Himalayan region hit by more than two decades of conflict.

The reported document reveals about 333 case studies of human rights violations and has named 972 alleged perpetrators responsible for the crimes. These cases include 464 army personnel, 161 paramilitary personnel, 158 Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel and 189 “government gunmen”.

This report has called for the UN Human Rights Council to appoint a Special Rapporteur to investigate the crimes and appeals to the UN Security Council (UNSC) to exercise its power to refer the cases to the International Criminal Court (ICC). India is not a signatory to the ICC but the UNSC has the power to refer situations to the court.

A human rights activist Gautum Navalkha told Al-Jazeera that there is no possibility of justice in Kashmir under these circumstances.

This year in July, Amnesty International accused the Indian government of refusing to prosecute perpetrators of human rights abuses in the region. According to Amnesty international, more than 96% of all allegations of human rights violations pitted against India’s personnel in the disputed territory have been declared as “false. However these reported violations were true.

Over the past two decades more than 60,000 people have been killed in the revolt, and Kashmir dispute remains a dangerous red herring in Pakistan-India relations.

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