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Human rights group in Kashmir criticises government for not initiating probe over mass graves

The group lashed out after the Manipur government launched a probe after finding human skulls.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Srinagar | Published: February 5, 2015 11:07:51 am

As the Manipur state government ordered an investigation after finding human skulls inside a school premise that used to house the security forces, a human rights group in Kashmir has lashed out on the state and central governments for not initiating a similar probe over the mass grave found in the Valley.

“The recent discovery of unmarked mass graves in Manipur, and the consequent government reaction, is another illustration of the violence of the Indian State, and the manner in which human rights violations of Jammu and Kashmir have been treated by the government,” spokesperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, Tahira said.

APDP, Tahira said, highlighted the issue of unmarked mass graves in two successive reports in 2008 and 2009, which, even though received international attention and made the Human Rights Commissions to issue statements failed to do anything concrete.

“In July 2008, the European Parliament in a resolution urged Government of India to hold an investigation into unmarked mass graves in Jammu and Kashmir and the European Commission was called upon to offer financial and technical assistance to Government of India,” she said.

Infact, the State Human Rights Commission, in October 2011, confirmed that there were 2156 unmarked graves in three districts of North Kashmir and made recommendations to the government that comprehensive forensic examinations including DNA tests be done.

The Government of Jammu and Kashmir, Home Department, responded to the SHRC October decision by dismissing most of the recommendations.

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