Amnesty Condemns Sarpanch Killing In Kashmir

18 April 2014
The Indian Express


New Delhi: The killing of a Sarpanch in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir by suspected militants has been strongly condemnded by Amnesty International on Friday , describing such acts as 'contempt' for fundamental principles of humanity. Noting that it has consistently opposes human rights abuses committed by both armed groups and security forces in the state, the organisation demanded that the perpetrators must be brought to justice in proceedings that meet international fair trial standards. 'Amnesty International consistently opposes human rights abuses committed by both armed groups and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. Attacks by armed groups on civilians demonstrate contempt for fundamental principles of humanity,' it said in a statement. The perpetrators in the shooting of Mohammad Amin Pandit must be brought to justice in proceedings that meet international fair trial standards and authorities must investigate all human rights abuses promptly, effectively and transparently, it said. According to police, the sarpanch was affiliated to opposition Peoples Democratic Party in Pulwama district. No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the act. This is the first political killing in Jammu and Kashmir since the Election Commission announced the five-phased Lok Sabha polls in the state.