New Delhi, July 03: Global rights watchdog, the Amnesty International has called upon the Indian authorities to ensure that the army personnel responsible for the killing of two youth in north Kashmir, Bandipora on 30th June are investigated and prosecuted.
According to amnesty India press release The Programmes Director of Amnesty International in India, Shashikumar Velath in a statement said, “These deaths must be investigated promptly, thoroughly and impartially, and where sufficient admissible evidence is found, a competent, independent and impartial civilian court should prosecute the suspects.”
He said it must be ensured that process is not impeded, either by the Indian army taking the matter to a military court or by the Government of India blocking prosecution using the black law Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
A number of Indian bodies, including the Second Administrative Reforms Commission and the Jeevan Reddy Commission, and UN bodies, including the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, have stated that the AFSPA must be repealed.
“The AFSPA gives armed forces sweeping and unfettered powers, including to shoot and even kill ‘any person who is acting in contravention of any law or order’, and then protects them from being prosecuted,” said Shashikumar Velath.
“The result has been numerous violations of the right to life – a key human right under international and Indian law – with virtually absolute impunity.”
The authorities must ensure that investigations into these two incidents are taken to their logical end, those responsible are brought to justice in fair trials, the statement said.