ISLAMABAD: Human Rights Watch, the New York based world human rights watchdog, has deplored the continuation of draconian law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), by India in various Indian states and in Indian Held Kashmir.
According to KMS, the HRW in its World Report 2015 said that the encouraging progress on accountability for abuses by sentencing three troops and two officers to life imprisonment in killing of three civilians in a fake encounter in Machil area of occupied Kashmir was overshadowed by Government of India’s failure to repeal or amend the draconian law.
Indian troops had gunned down three Kashmiri youth in a stage managed encounter in Machil area of Kupwara district in April 2010 and then passed them off as foreign militants.
However, later it came to fore that the victims were ordinary civilians, who were
lured by the Army personnel and then killed in a fake encounter.
“There was some encouraging progress on accountability for abuses in 2014. A military court sentenced three soldiers and two officers to life in prison for the 2010 extra judicial executions of three villagers in Jammu and Kashmir, according to a military
announcement in November,” the report said.
“Yet this rare success was overshadowed by the government’s failure to repeal or amend the
draconian AFSPA, which provides effective immunity from prosecution to military personnel for serious human rights abuses,” it added.
“India’s law that protects soldiers from being prosecuted for even the most egregious abuses has no place in a democracy,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia Director at Human Rights Watch.
She stated that the Modi government should seek to repeal AFSPA and bring to justice the troops who commit serious human rights abuses.