UN Seeks Details on Kashmir Killings, India Calls it ‘Closed Chapter’

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UN experts have asked for clarification on 76 cases of torture and killings of civilians in the last 29 years.

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NEW YORK — Three special rapporteurs of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) have written to India and sought details on steps taken to punish or provide justice to victims and their next of kin in 76 cases of “torture and arbitrary killing” in J&K since 1990, a media report said on Tuesday.

According to The Wire, the letter to the Indian government, dated March 18, is written by the Special Rapporteur on “extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions”, Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Dainius Puras and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Nils Melzer.

The report said the letter was made public on the UNHRC website on May 18 after a scheduled interval of 60 days, along with India’s reply that refused to provide any clarifications.

The letter relates to 76 cases of “torture and killings of civilians”, which include 13 just in 2018. These 2018 cases included eight civilian killings allegedly by security forces and the rest by militants, it said.

“In all these cases, the authorities have reportedly failed to conduct thorough, prompt and impartial investigations, so as to ensure that the rule of law prevails, and justice is done and steps are taken to ensure the non-recurrence of the violations,” wrote the three officials, according to the report.

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