India ‘covering up abuses’ in Kashmir
10 Septembar 2015, Nirapad News: The Indian government has covered up hundreds of cases of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, torture and enforced disappearances in the disputed territory of Kashmir.
A new report has alleged, Al Jazeera publishes this report on Thursday.
Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCSS) program coordinator Khurram Parvez told the media on the release of the report, titled Structures of Violence: The Indian State in Jammu and Kashmir that the Indian government had allowed systemic violence to take root in the Himalayan region hit by more than two decades of conflict.
Parvez, co-author of the mammoth 800-page report, released on Wednesday, said the International Peoples’ Tribunal (IPTK) and the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) had documented more than 1080 extrajudicial killings and 172 enforced disappearances as well as cases of sexual violence that go back to the early 1990s.
The report took two years to compile.
The document details 333 case studies of human rights violations and names some 972 alleged perpetrators responsible for the crimes. These include 464 army personnel, 161 paramilitary personnel, 158 Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel and 189 ‘government gunmen’.
‘These crimes were happening with the full knowledge of higher level officers in the Indian government … they must be all held accountable by international law,’ Parvez said.