Amnesty report draws parallel between Kashmir and Palestine

March 20, 2011

SRINAGAR: Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has compared Indian police methods in Kashmir with those of Israeli security forces in Palestine.

A 70-page report to be released on Monday focuses on the Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978 (PSA) and calls it a “system of administrative detention that is a lawless law and should be repealed at the earliest”.

The rights watchdog said India has so far chosen to ignore calls of the UN Human rights mechanisms in relation to its administrative detention regime. “The recommendations hold not just for Israel and Egypt but also for India,” it said. The report has clubbed India with Israel and Egypt, calling for the system of “refrain from using administrative detention, in particular against children”.

The report is based on a review of 600 cases of people detained under the PSA. The act empowers district magistrates to detain people for up to two years. Almost anything, from anti-state activities to timber smuggling can land people in jail under the act. The PSA has been J&K police’s weapon of choice since the rise of militancy.


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