Calls for impartial probe: Rights group asks India to probe Kashmir graves

Amnesty Intl wants investigation to be widened to Indian Kashmir entirely.


Express August 24, 2011

SRINAGAR: An international human rights group is urging India to allow an impartial investigation of hundreds of unmarked graves in Indian Kashmir after a government report confirmed they contain more than 2,000 bullet-riddled bodies, including hundreds of local residents, Associated Press reported.

Amnesty International said the investigation of graves in three regions also needs to be widened to cover Indian Kashmir entirely.

The Jammu-Kashmir State Human Rights Commission said in a recent report that 2,156 unidentified bodies were found in graves in three northern mountainous regions, while 574 other bodies in the graves were identified as local residents.

The commission’s report is the first official acknowledgment that civilians killed in the two-decade conflict may have been buried in unmarked graves, but stops short of confirming that suspicion, long held by local residents and rights groups.

Previously, officials insisted that all the bodies were of outside militant fighters.

Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah promised has proposed a truth and reconciliation commission be set up to probe all killings since Kashmiri militants launched an armed  campaign against Indian rule and New Delhi responded with a military crackdown in 1989.

“The commission should be assigned the task to probe all the killings in the state. Whether the killings were carried out by militants or security forces, it needs to be probed,” Omar Abdullah said.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 24th,  2011.

COMMENTS (22)

Delhi Belly | 9 years ago | Reply

This is why we need Anna Hazare to win. So that matters like this can be investigated without delays and bureaucratic lapses. If Army is given responsibility to guard nation and it's people, they should also be made accountable for their actions. No One is above law and human rights. If certain elements in Army is involved in fake encounters ( which is quite common around the world so no surprise there ) they should be punished under the law of the state. We have to maintain difference between Democracy and Dictatorship.

GetRidOfFeudalPolitics | 9 years ago | Reply

@ashok sai: I am a pakistani. I said nothing to suggest I view this as an opportunity for political gain for pakistan. I personally harbor no wish that kashmir become a part of pakistan. and i know that my country has done much for me to be ashamed about. This news item concerns the present, not the past. I merely wanted you to see that a grave wrong has been committed by your country and that is what you should concern you right now, not their economy or the situation in karachi or balochistan. If you heard that there was rape and torture in some other indian city would you satisfy yourself by saying that bollywood shoots lots of films there? how do you expect to quell the uprising when this and reports of other smaller crimes keep surfacing.

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