World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Indo-Pakistan Summit: Jammu & Kashmir Human Rights

Indo-Pakistan Summit: Plea To Put Human Rights In Jammu And Kashmir Firmly On The Agenda

Ahead of the Indo-Pakistan Summit, to be held on July 14-16, Amnesty International is calling on the Indian Prime Minister and Pakistani President to prioritise human rights in Kashmir.

"All too often human rights have been considered subordinate to political considerations. Ordinary people have had to bear the brunt of political actors wishing to score a point. We appeal to all sides that this time, commitment to human rights protection should override such concerns and play a key role in efforts to find a political solution to decades of strife in the region," the organization said.

Human rights abuses continue to be reported on both sides of the Line of Control. Currently, over 100 people are in arbitrary detention in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, the area under provisional Pakistani control. The detentions followed demonstrations against the rejection of nomination papers of candidates attempting to stand in elections to the Azad Kashmir Assembly. The candidates had refused to support the state's accession to Pakistan. Amnesty International fears that these detainees may be subjected to torture and ill-treatment in custody.

In the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, hundreds of cases of torture, deaths in custody, extrajudicial executions and "disappearances" are reported every year. In most cases no one is held to account for such human rights violations, as law enforcement personnel intimidate complainants; members of the criminal justice system fail to ensure redress; and state agencies ignore court orders.

The special security laws which grant law enforcement personnel vast powers to arrest, also protect them from prosecution for acts "done in good faith". "Renegades", former militants who have joined the side of the government, have apparently been used to carry out abuses, including torture, abductions and killings, at the behest of state agencies.

Since 1989, 34,000 people have died as a result of the conflict and according to official sources at least 1,745 civilans have "disappeared". The real figure is probably much higher.

During an official ceasefire from November 2000 to June 2001, at least 535 civilians were indiscriminately killed in Jammu and Kashmir by militants and state agents. During the same period, state agents changed tactic and arrested fewer militants, shooting dead 587.

Civilians have also suffered abuses, including torture and killings, at the hands of armed groups who have failed to differentiate between civilians and legitimate targets. Observers believe that many of the militants are foreigners who have infiltrated the state to pursue objectives of other groups or states.

Exposed to harassment and abuses from state agencies and militant groups, ordinary people have had to bear a heavy burden. Medical experts report high levels of psychosomatic disorders, particularly among children, as a result of living in a climate of violence.

"During ceasefires or visits by foreign dignitaries in the past, civilians have been massacred in order to influence the process or its participants," Amnesty International said. "Amnesty International hopes that there will be no such grave violations at the time of the Summit and that there will be a genuine attempt to restore human rights for the people of Kashmir."

****************************************************************
You may repost this message onto other sources provided the main text is not altered in any way and both the header crediting Amnesty International and this footer remain intact. Only the list subscription message may be removed.
****************************************************************


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Syria: Economic Decline, Rising Hunger And Surging Humanitarian Needs

Syria’s fragile economy has “suffered multiple shocks” over the past 18 months, with its currency plummeting and joblessness swelling as people struggle to cover their basic needs, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council ... More>>

OECD: Final Quarter Of 2020 Shows Continued Recovery In G20 International Merchandise Trade

G20 international merchandise trade continued to rebound in the fourth quarter of 2020 ( exports up 7.2% and imports up 6.8%), following the sharp falls seen in the first half of 2020, as lockdown measures affected trade globally. Although growth ... More>>

UN Report: Civilian Casualties Surged After Peace Talks Began In Afghanistan

Monitoring by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, and the UN Human Rights Office has revealed that despite a drop in civilians killed and injured overall in 2020 there was a rise in civilian casualties following the start of peace negotiations ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs


2021: Critical Year To ‘reset Our Relationship With Nature’ – UN Chief

During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions. Painting a picture of the turmoil ... More>>


Paris Agreement: UN Secretary-General António Guterres To Mark U.S. Reentry With Envoy For Climate John Kerry

Watch live at webtv.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres will join U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry at an event marking the United States’ reentry into the Paris Agreement this Friday. The discussion with the Secretary-General ... More>>

WeBeliev: Scoop In Conversation With Abhishek Sinha, Founder Of WeBeliev, An NZ Crowdfunding Platform

WeBeliev supports 17 SDGs, launching sector specific campaigns every month Q. What is WeBeliev and why did you start it? A. WeBeliev is a Singapore-registered crowdfunding platform aimed at fundraising for all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ... More>>