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Sehrai hails APDP, JKCCS for highlighting ‘HR abuses’

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Srinagar, May 21: Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai on Tuesday hailed the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for seeking details from India on Kashmir killings since 1990. He also slammed the government of India for calling it “a closed chapter”.

In a statement, Sehrai hailed the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) and JK Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) for highlighting the “Kashmir human rights abuses” and releasing a comprehensive report on “torture and human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir”.

He said the world community and UN must take the cognizance of the rejection of report by India. “India must be held accountable for human rights violations in Kashmir. Kashmiris have suffered immensely since last 3 decades and helplessly eyeing on world community and international bodies to come to their rescue,” he said.

The pro-freedom leader expressed concern over impunity for human rights violations and lack of access to justice. He said that the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA) have “created structures that obstruct the normal course of law and impede accountability”.

“Due to legal, political and moral impunity extended to the armed forces, not a single prosecution has taken place in any case of human rights violations,” he added.

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