Mayo 24, 2007

Custodial deaths continue in Kashmir: Amnesty

‘38 disappearances, 22 extrajudicial killings in 2006’


New Delhi, May 23: Though “politically motivated violence” has slightly decreased in Jammu and Kashmir, deaths in custody, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions continued to be reported, said the annual human rights assessment report of Amnesty International.
“Some six deaths in custody, 38 enforced disappearances including several juveniles, and 22 extrajudicial killings were reported in 2006. Identity-based attacks by Islamist fighters continued,” said the 2007 report themed “Politics of Fear Creating a Dangerously Divided World.”
Coming down on the Indian government, the report, also released worldwide, said impunity for human rights violations by state agents continued, although in a few cases action was initiated after years of delay.
It cited the March 2000 extrajudicial killing case of five villagers in Pathribal village by Army and the CBI indictment of the guilty officers in April. “The officers were charged with fabricating evidence to support their claim that the men were foreign fighters killed in an ‘encounter’ with the troops,” it added.

A new report indicated that some 10,000 people had been victims of enforced disappearance since 1989, the Amnesty said.
The 340-page survey—which had a polycentric people’s launch across 12 cities in India—said the authorities failed to provide information about the whereabouts of disappeared people to their families.
Concerns over the existing powers of the State Human Rights Commission were heightened in last August when its chairperson resigned over the “non-serious attitude” of the state government towards human rights violations, said the report over the human rights situation during January to December 2006.

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