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Amnesty Asks India to Stop Human Rights Violations in Kashmir

BeyondHeadlines News Desk

Srinagar (KMS): The Amnesty International (AI) has asked India to check the human rights abuses in Kashmir and end the “arbitrary and abusive” detention system in the troubled state. The AI has said that the Public Safety Act (PSA) and Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) should be repealed in Kashmir as these acts provide impunity to troopers from prosecution.

A two-member AI team comprising Asia-pacific Programme researcher Ramesh Gopalakrishnan and campaigner Bikramjeet Batra has reached Srinagar to release a report entitled “A Lawless Law: Detentions under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act.”

Talking to the media in Srinagar, Bikramjeet Batra said that AI believed that the PSA and AFSPA should be repealed in the larger interests of the people of Kashmir. “We strongly advocate abrogation of both the laws as they provide impunity to troopers and officials involved in human rights violations,” he said adding, “AI’s stand is clear and the Act should be revoked forthwith.”

Last year, a team of the AI had visited Kashmir and studied the cases of at least 600 people booked under the PSA.

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