Thursday, June 10, 2010

India: Prosecute Soldiers in Kashmir ‘Encounter Killing’

Repeal Armed Forces Special Powers Act

Human Rights Watch, June 7, 2010
We have seen too many army inquiries, supposed suspensions, and false promises of punishment whenever soldiers are implicated in killing civilians. But when the dust settles, the army obstructs prosecution under the Special Powers Act, and fails to deliver justice.

Meenakshi Ganguly, senior South Asia researcher

(New York) – The recent killing of three men by soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir in an apparent faked encounter with so-called militants underscores the urgency for the Indian government to repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers (Jammu and Kashmir) Act (AFSPA), Human Rights Watch said today. Under the Act, which has been in force in Kashmir since 1990, soldiers may not be prosecuted in a civilian court unless sanctioned by the federal government, which is extremely rare.

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