Amnesty team meets members of IHK HR commission

Amnesty team meets members of IHK HR commission

SRINAGAR, April 17 (INP): The visiting team of Amnesty International met the members of the Human Rights Commission of the territory here and discussed the human rights situation in the IHK Valley.

The two-member team comprising Sahana Basavapatna and Saptarsahi Mandal, met the Commission members, Javaid Kawoos, Rafiq Fida and secretary, Tariq Banday. During the meeting, the team discussed the status of various cases including the mass graves and Kunanposhpora mass rape case. They also held threadbare discussions on functioning of the Commission, preparation of annual reports and staff strength.

The team also met Parveena Ahanager, a leader of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), and sought information about the disappearance cases.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Amnesty International team is in the occupied territory to do a follow up on its previous report on the draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA), besides doing a survey about the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The team is scheduled to stay in occupied Kashmir for 12 days during which it will meet the affected families, pro-liberation leaders and civil society members.

“Amendments have taken place in PSA since the last report was prepared and the government is also claiming to have made changes in the implementation of the Act. We are here to study the amendments and changes, if any, made in the Act and to see the effect it may have had,” Sahana Basvapatna said in a media interview.

“We are primarily here to upgrade the PSA report, but I will not say that we will not be looking at the AFPSA. It (AFSPA) is much in debate and people are vigorously seeking its removal. So we will be looking at the AFSPA,” she added.

Last year the Amnesty had prepared a detailed report on the PSA, terming it a lawless law. The report revealed that between 8000 to 20000 people had been jailed under the PSA during last 20 years. Besides, it talked about the juvenile detentions, the use of PSA against Hurriyet leadership and the role played by the puppet administration. The report recommended an immediate end to the PSA.

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