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Amnesty launches drive against rights abuses in IHK

London, April 02, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International as part of its fresh campaign has called upon the authorities in occupied Kashmir to show zero tolerance towards human rights violations and bring an end to police abuses and repeated detentions under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) and other preventive laws.

Besides the campaign, titled “Omar Abdullah: Pick up your Pen to stop Police abuse”, the rights body has also launched a global petition on social networking sites, including Face book, urging the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to take a stand of zero tolerance for human rights violations in the Kashmir valley.

The campaign will close on June 1, 2013. By that time, the Amnesty aims to have the Chief Minister issue an order, directing detaining authorities not to repeatedly detain Hurriyet leaders and activists under multiple, consecutive PSA detention orders, and ensuring PSA detention records maintained by the Ministry of Home Affairs are made accessible to people.

“The people of Jammu and Kashmir want Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to pick up his pen to stop police abuse and take concrete steps to stop police practices that have facilitated administrative detentions, torture, ill-treatment and other human rights violations” in the territory for years, the Amnesty said on its Face book campaign page.

“The Amnesty International wants the Chief Minister to take a stand of zero tolerance for human rights violations in the Valley and the first step is to address police abuses facilitated under the PSA or similar legislation,” the Amnesty added.

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