International People's Tribunal releases its report on human right violation in Kashmir
A consortium of social activists under the banner of International People's Tribunal (IPT) on human rights and justice in Kashmir and the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) on Thursday, released a report on violations of human rights in Jammu and Kashmir over the past two decades.
The report has documented 214 cases of abuses involving nearly 500 officials, including 235 Indian Army personnel, 123 paramilitary personnel, 111 Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel and 31 militants or their associates.
The consortium members have also observed that the justice so far has been denied to the victims of these human rights violations.
A key member of the group and practicing advocate, Kartik, briefed the report to the mediapersons here.
"The influence from this report is that the Indian state has been very sophisticated in engaging with human rights discourse in Jammu and Kashmir. There is a constant reference to denial of justice, to an illusion of justice in Jammu and Kashmir. What they have successfully managed to achieve is to lower the standard of serious human rights discourse," Kartik stated.
"Through these 214 cases, we have identified 500 alleged perpetrators. Second, the analysis of their role in these 214 cases is based on a combination of official state documentation and witness statements signed and consented witness statements from witness on occasion or their family member," said Kartik.
He also mentioned that the report has held various functionaries including judicial and non-judicial bodies responsible for the human rights violations.
"Having said that the strongest enlightenment in this report is of the Indian state. The Indian state in its various forms through its various functionaries - judicial and non-judicial has put in place structures that have directly resulted in these violations," said Kartik.
"This includes, the role of police when they choose not to investigate, even before that when they choose not to file an FIR, the role of the judiciary, the lower judiciary, High Court and the Supreme Court and statutory bodies like the state Human Rights Commission," he added.
Earlier, the Human Rights Commission constituted by the government had noted in a report of 2011 that more than 2,000 corpses were found buried in several unmarked graves in the valley region of Kashmir, believed to be victims of the divided region's separatist revolt.
However, authorities have consistently denied systematic human rights violations in Kashmir by contending they probe all such reports and punish the guilty.
The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), which estimates around 10,000 people went missing during nearly two decades of separatist revolt, says many missing people may have ended up in these unmarked graves.