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IHK police bill to perpetuate impunity culture: Amnesty

London, April 03, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Amnesty International has asked the authorities in occupied Kashmir to substantially amend or replace the Police Bill, 2013 because it will in its present form perpetuate the culture of impunity for human rights abuses and violations.

The Amnesty International in a statement, raised concerns about several provisions in the bill that it said would violate India’s international legal obligations.

Amnesty’s Director of Programmes on India, Shashikumar Velath said that given the nature of the ongoing violence in Kashmir and the history of human rights violations, the Amnesty was particularly concerned about the bill in Kashmir.

And in occupied Kashmir, protest strike continued for the fourth consecutive day, today, in Shopian against the invoking of draconian Public Safety Act on two Tehreek-e-Hurriyet leaders, Shakir Ahmad Mir and Mir Hafizullah and an illegally detained 22-year-old Zubair Ahmad Turray. The Youth took to the streets at Gagran and Gold market areas of the district and raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

The Indian police re-arrested detrained senior liberation leader, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, soon after he was released on bail in Srinagar.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front staged a candle light sit-in protest at Maisuma to express solidarity with the illegally detained Kashmiri Hurriyet leaders and activists. The protesters condemned the continued house arrest of JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik and demanded his immediate release.

On the other hand, Kashmir, once only known for its picturesque beauty, has made its place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most militarized zone and the longest pending dispute. The book also described Kashmir as the world’s highest battlefield.

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