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Broken Families

Impunity is a long-standing problem in Jammu and Kashmir. The lack of political will to account for past and present actions of the security forces, including the state police, is fortified by legislation and aggravated by other obstacles to justice, especially for those who lack financial resources or education. To date, not a single alleged perpetrator of a human rights violation has been prosecuted in a civilian court. Victims and their families routinely face intimidation and threats from the security forces when attempting to bring cases against soldiers.

KG javedm2The climate of impunity encourages human rights violations to continue. Faith in the government and judiciary is almost non-existent in Jammu and Kashmir. Although human rights defenders and activists say that levels of violence from armed groups have gone down in recent years, as have direct threats and intimidation by the army and other security forces, obtaining justice continues to remain out of reach.

In Jammu and Kashmir, ensuring accountability would include ensuring access to information for victims and families during police investigations, and guaranteeing due process when victims attempt to bring complaints against their abusers.

Addressing Jammu and Kashmir’s impunity problem, and indeed India’s attitude towards impunity, is a challenge; but it is essential to ensure justice to victims of human rights violations, and facilitate the healing process for those who have suffered during the course of Jammu and Kashmir’s decades of struggle and alienation.

The objective behind the Families’ Tour is to take their stories of long fight for justice to the people across India to generate awareness about their cases and also to urge the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Home to provide them with all the information related to the sanction requests in their cases.

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Amnesty International India, which is part of the Nobel Peace Prize winning Amnesty International global human rights movement.

The organisation’s goal is to protect, promote and uphold human rights for all. We believe in sustainable development which is inclusive of everyone. We believe, respect for and promotion and protection of human rights is an integral part of achieving our country’s development agenda.

We seek to project the significance of human rights and to concertedly contribute towards building a rights respecting society. Our membership represents a growing diversity of Indians and we stay relevant by choosing the issues we work on, which is reflected in our programme of work.

THE PETITION

Fifteen Kashmiri families who lost their loved ones in cases of human rights violations by the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir are urging the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Defense to ensure the right to truth for victims, their families and affected communities and ensure that they have access to full disclosure about human rights violations. The families want both the ministries to:

1. Make informartion available related to all 15 cases highlighted by Amnesty International India on this digital platform.

2. Make information pertaining to the proceedings, verdicts and sentences of courts-martial and security force courts publicly accessible including through the Right to Information Act, 2005 and by other means including an online database

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