November 2000 News

Amnesty welcomes Kashmir Probe

8 November 2000
The Asian Age

New Delhi: The London based Human Rights Organisation Amnesty International has welcomed the recent announcements of a probe into a series of killings in Jammu and Kashmir as a ''first step towards ending years of widespread impunity''. A statement circulated by the Organisation on its website, said: ''On October 31, jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, announced a Judicial probe into the masscre of 35 Sikhs at Chattisinghpora on march 20, 2000 and the subsequent killings of five suspects, allegdly at the hands of the security forces at Pathribal 10 days later. the Amnesty International is encouraged by the government''s acceptance of the report of the Pandian cimmission into the police shooting of the demonstrators at Brakhpora on April 3. the government declared intention to prosecute those held responsible for the deaths of the Amarnath piligrims in Pahalgam on August 1, 2000, including members of the security forces, is also a move in the right direction.'' ''During the last few months, the Amnesty International has brought many dozens of cases, including deaths in custody, extra-judicial executions and illegal detention, to the attention of the authorities, none of which subject to impartial inqui,'' the statement said. '' The Indian government should now reconsider the possibility of allowing access to jammu and Kashmir for Human Rights monitors,'' the international human rights body said.


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