Pellet guns are "inherently inaccurate and indiscriminate" and their use is "not in line with international standards on use of force", Executive Director of Amnesty International India, Aakar Patel, said on Sunday.
"We (AI India) have issued several statements opposing use of excessive force by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir and the use of so-called 'pellet guns'," Patel told Greater Kashmir in an interview. The AI is "continuing to monitor" the present situation in Kashmir, he said. He also called on the government to "ensure all people in Kashmir have access to medical assistance, and medical professionals can carry out their work without interference."
"The blanket and indefinite suspension of telecommunication services affects the ability of phone and internet users to seek, receive, and impart information, which is an integral part of the right to freedom of expression," Patel said, in response to a question.
The restrictions on telecommunication services in particular affect other rights as well, including the right to life, he said.
The Amnesty International India has been recently in news following its Bangaluru event held last Saturday which had brought together three families from Kashmir—and other victims—who had suffered rights violations, as part of its campaign seeking truth and justice for them. The organization was subsequently booked in a case of "sedition" and "promoting enmity" by the Bengaluru police following a complaint by AVBP activists.
Terming the ABVP allegations as "baseless", Patel said peacefully supporting or advocating political positions is protected by the right to freedom of expression, as long as it does not constitute incitement to violence. "If anyone finds such statements offensive for political, religious or other reasons, they have every right to express opposition to these statements," he said, "but that is not a legitimate reason to prohibit the statements."