SC refusal to reopen cases of Kashmiri Pandits disappointing: Amnesty

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SRINAGAR Reacting to Supreme Court’s rejection of a review petition seeking to reopen 215 cases involving the “killings of Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir in 1989-90,” Amnesty International, Indian chapter, has said the decision of the apex court is a “setback for justice and accountability” in the state.

 

“The Supreme Court’s decision is a setback for justice and accountability in Jammu and Kashmir. All allegations of unlawful killings must be investigated by independent civilian authorities and those responsible brought to justice,” said Asmita Basu, Programmes Director at Amnesty International India, in a statement.

 

“In July this year, the Supreme Court had directed an independent investigation into over 80 cases of alleged extra-judicial executions in Manipur dating back to 1979, ruling that crimes cannot be overlooked only because of the passage of time. This principle should be applied in all cases of alleged human rights abuses.”

 

On 27 October, the Supreme Court rejected a plea urging it to review its 24 July order when it had dismissed a petition seeking the reopening of the 215 cases, ruling: “…more than 27 years have passed… No fruitful purpose would emerge, as evidence is unlikely to be available at this late juncture.” NNI

 

 

 

Originally published by NNI

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