Avoid excessive use of force: AI

Urges JK Govt To Probe Complaints

New Delhi, July 20: Global Human Rights Watchdog, the Amnesty International has asked authorities in Jammu and Kashmir to avoid excessive use of force while policing demonstrations.
In a statement, Amnesty International said authorities have reportedly used excessive force, including firing live ammunition, against protestors. “Local residents in Ganderbal district have told journalists that two people were seriously injured on 19 June when the J&K police and paramilitary forces from the Central Police Reserve Force (CRPF) opened fire at demonstrators, some of whom were throwing stones. The police have claimed that they used pellet guns.”
“There are also reports that the police and CRPF fired live ammunition at protesters in Qazigund and Koimoi towns in south Kashmir.”
 “Authorities have placed curfew regulations on major towns in the Kashmir Valley,” it said.
“Amnesty International India calls on authorities in Jammu and Kashmir to protect the right to life in accordance with the Constitution of India and international law- including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which India is a state party-and international standards, in particular the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials and the Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials,” the statement said.
“Law enforcement officials must always apply non-violent means before resorting to the use of force, including when policing public demonstrations. They must use force with restraint, and only when it is absolutely necessary and proportional to the threat to public safety.”
“Firearms should only be used as a last resort, and the intentional lethal use of firearms must only be employed when strictly unavoidable in order to protect life,” the AI said.
Amnesty International India urged the authorities to conduct a full, impartial and effective investigation into any possible excessive use of force by security forces in J&K, and all deaths or serious injuries caused by the use of force or firearms. “All suspects, including those with command responsibility, must be prosecuted in a competent, independent and impartial civilian court,” the AI said.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 20 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 20 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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