Seeking the intervention of United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the International Peoples’ Tribunal on Human rights and Justice in Kashmir (IPTK) has said that top army and paramilitary officers including a Major General and seven Brigadiers are the “alleged perpetrators” for grave human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.
IPTK and Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) on Wednesday released a report ‘Structures of Violence’ highlighting the “patterns of violence” and identifying the “structure, forms and tactics of violence of the Indian state” in Jammu and Kashmir.
“By releasing this report, we are pitching a demand before the United Nations Security Council to refer the situation in Jammu and Kashmir to the prosecutor of International Criminal Court,” said IPTK Convener, Gautam Navlakha. “A copy of the report would be sent to UNSC and (United Nations Human Rights Council) UNHRC with an appeal to appoint a special rapporteur to investigate the crimes committed in Jammu and Kashmir”.
The 804-page report estimates that the strength of armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir is between 6,56,638 to 7, 50, 981 personnel. The report that documents 1080 “extra-judicial killings”, 172 “enforced disappearances” besides cases of torture and sexual violence reveals that top army and paramilitary officers are involved in the crimes in the state.
“A Major General, seven Brigadiers, 31 Colonels, four Lt Colonels, 115 Majors and 40 Captains are included in the 972 alleged perpetrators. In police, the alleged perpetrators include a retired Director General of Police, a serving Additional Director General of Police, two Inspector Generals of Police and two Deputy Inspector Generals of Police,” said Kartik Murukutla, author of the report. “It reveals that the crimes committed in Jammu and Kashmir are not the aberrations”.
The report has analyzed 333 cases of grave human rights violations including extra-judicial killings, sexual violence and enforced disappearances and has identified 972 army and paramilitary officers responsible for these crimes.
Speaking on the occasion, Coordinator of the programme Khurram Parvez said that the report is “message” from Kashmir to India. “It is a message that people of Kashmir, the report is written by people of Kashmir, are unwilling and will never forget what India has done to the people of Kashmir,” Khurram said. “It is a reminder for all”.
Navlakha while referring to A S Dulat’s recent book said that he had said a remarkable line about Kashmir. “He had written that Kashmiris are not in a hurry to accept deafeat,” he said. “(This report) is in fact a testimony and most profound evidence of what the spymaster has said”.