Indian troops martyr two youth in IOK » Kashmir Media Service

Amnesty asks for immediate repeal of PSA

Srinagar, June 12 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism martyred two more Kashmiri youth in Islamabad and Sopore, today, taking the number of youth martyred in the territory to 5 since yesterday.

The troops martyred one youth in firing on KP Road in Islamabad while the other youth was martyred during a violent cordon and search operation at Wadoora in Sopore area of Baramulla district. One youth was killed by the troops in the same area of Baramulla district on late Tuesday. The troops had martyred two other youth Shakir Ahmed and Sayaar Ahmed and destroyed two residential houses during a similar operation in Awneera area of Shopian district, yesterday. The occupation authorities suspended internet service in Sopore town and ordered closure of all educational institutions in the Sub-division.

Earlier, five troops belonging to the Centre Reserve Police Force were killed and seven other troops including a Station House Officer were injured in an attack at KP Road in Islamabad district.

Normal life was badly affected due to a wheel-jam strike by the transporters against the imposition of tax by Indian authorities on Srinagar-Jammu highway. Call for the strike was given by All Jammu and Kashmir Transporters Association.

The Joint Resistance Leadership in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, strongly condemned the inhuman and barbaric attitude of the Indian jail authorities towards the incarcerated pro-freedom leadership and the young activists in jails.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International has called for immediate repealing of draconian Public Safety Act in occupied Kashmir saying the Act is contributing to inflaming tensions between the occupation authorities and local population. The human rights watchdog said this in a statement, emailed to media outlets and other stakeholders after it was denied permission by the occupation authorities to launch its report on “Tyranny of Lawless Law’ at an event in Srinagar, today. According to the statement, the Public Safety Act circumvents the criminal justice system in Kashmir to undermine accountability, transparency and respect for human rights. It said, the text of the PSA violates several of India’s obligations under international human rights law, including respecting detainees’ fair trial rights. The Amnesty added that examining several government and legal documents of the detainees, it found a pattern of abuse by the authorities including detaining children, passing PSA orders on vague and general grounds, ignoring the limited safeguards under the Act, subjecting individuals to revolving-door detentions and using the PSA to prevent release on bail and undermine the criminal justice system.

Speakers at a welcome get-together in Brussels while opposing the Indian government’s de-limitation plan said that the move was aimed at abrogating Kashmir-specific Articles 370 and 35-A to change the demographic composition of occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The event was organized by MEP Professor Klaus Buchner in honour of the newly elected parliamentarians in the European Parliament in association with the Organization of Kashmir Coalition. In his opening remarks, MEP Buchner highlighted the importance of the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe in general and in occupied Kashmir in particular. Besides MEPs, advisors, parliamentary officials and policy advisors, the function was also addressed by Kashmiri representatives Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo and Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl.

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