UN chief declines to comment on Amnesty report on J&K

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declined to comment on a report by a rights group that sought the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir and investigation into the alleged human rights violations by security personnel.

The Amnesty International report, ‘Denied: Failures in Accountability for Human Rights Violations by Security Force Personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’, documents the obstacles to justice faced in several cases of human rights violations allegedly committed by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.

It focuses particularly on the AFSPA, which it said “grants virtual immunity to members of the security forces from prosecution for alleged human rights violations.”

Asked if he has any comment on the report and on the impunity that the act accords to the security personnel, Ban’s spokesperson Farhan Haq said, “No, I don’t.”

The 72-page report is an analysis of government and legal documents related to over 100 alleged cases of human rights violations committed between 1990 and 2013 in the state.