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Amnesty expresses concern over misuse of PSA in Valley

Amnesty International in its latest report on detentions in Jammu and Kashmir under Public Safety Law has expressed its concern over its misuse and has asked the government to repeal the law. Amnesty International report which was titled “A Lawless law” was released on 21 March and in its report Amnesty International has highlighted how the detainees are dealt with and the violation of human rights. In the last two decades the number of people detained under the PSA ranges from 8000-20000. Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director said, “The Jammu and Kashmir authorities are using PSA detentions as a revolving door to keep people they can’t or won’t convict through proper legal channels locked up and out of the way.”

In its report Amnesty International has demanded from the government of Jammu and Kashmir to consider the following points like: 1. Repeal the PSA and end the system of administrative detention, releasing all detainees or charging those suspected of committing criminal acts with recognized offences and trying them fairly in a court of law. 2. End illegal detentions and introduce safeguards, ensuring that those detained are charged promptly, have access to relatives, legal counsel and medical examinations and are held in recognized detention facilities pending trial. 3. Carry out an independent, impartial and comprehensive investigation into allegations of abuses against detainees and their families, including allegations of torture and other ill-treatment, denial of visits and medical care, making its findings public and holding those responsible to account.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 20

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