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Britain has called on the Indian Army Secretary of State and Interior Minister to capture Kashmir’s “war crimes.”

Law firm Stoke White submitted evidence to British police, including 2,000 testimonies documenting that troops led by General MM Naraban and Interior Minister Amitshire were directly involved in war crimes and torture in conflict areas. It states.

Hakan Kams, director of international law at Stoke White, hopes the report will initiate an investigation into British police and eventually convince officials who have set foot in the UK to be arrested. Told. (AP)

A London-based law firm has filed an application with British police seeking the arrest of Indian Army Chief of Staff and senior Indian government officials on their alleged role in the pending war crimes in Kashmir.

Law firm Stoke White documented on Tuesday how Indian troops, led by General Manojim Kundnaraban and Interior Minister Amit Shah, were responsible for the torture, kidnapping and killing of activists, journalists and civilians. He said he had submitted extensive evidence to the War Crimes Unit of the Police Agency.

The law firm’s report was based on more than 2,000 testimonies made between 2020 and 2021. He also accused eight unnamed Indian military officials for being directly involved in war crimes and torture in Kashmir.

“There is a strong reason to believe that Indian authorities are committing war crimes and other violence against Jammu and Kashmir civilians. [India-administered Kashmir]It refers to territories that are part of the Himalayan region.

Requests to the London Police are made under the principle of “universal jurisdiction”, which empowers countries to prosecute individuals accused of crimes against humanity committed somewhere in the world.

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The first such legal action against India

An international law firm in London said it believes the application is the first to have taken legal action abroad against Indian authorities on suspicion of war crimes in Kashmir.

Hakan Kams, director of international law at Stoke White, hopes the report will initiate an investigation into British police and eventually convince officials who have set foot in the UK to be arrested. Stated.

Some Indian officials have financial assets and other ties to the UK.

“We are asking the British Government to fulfill their obligations and to investigate and arrest them for what they have done based on the evidence we have provided to them. We will be held liable to them. I want, “Cam’s said.

A police application was made on behalf of the family of the imprisoned rebel fighter Ziam Stafa, who was said to be the victim of an extrajudicial killing by Indian authorities in 2021, and was made by human rights activist Muhammad. It was done on behalf of Ahu San Untou. His arrest last week.

Kashmir is divided into India and Pakistan, both claiming the entire region. Muslim Kashmiris, under Pakistan’s control or independence, are supporting rebels who want to reunite the region. In India-controlled Kashmir, tens of thousands of civilians, rebels, and Indian troops have been killed in the last two decades.

Kashmiris and international human rights groups have long accused Indian troops of carrying out systematic ill-treatment and arrest of those who oppose control from New Delhi.

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“Chronic immunity”

In 2018, UN Human Rights Officers called for an independent international investigation, claiming “chronic immunity for infringement by security forces” for reports of infringement in Kashmir.

India has denied alleged infringement and claims that such claims are propaganda intended to demonize Indian troops in the region.

Law firm investigations suggested that abuse was exacerbated during the coronavirus pandemic and under the control of Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi.

The report also included details about the arrest of the region’s most prominent rights activist, Clam Parbesh, by Indian counterterrorism authorities last year.

Parbesh, 42, worked for the Jammu and Kashmir coalition of civil society, who wrote extensive reports on the use of violence and torture by the Indian Army. Rights groups have demanded a fair investigation into thousands of single or multiple mass graves in conflict areas.

Other accounts in the report discuss journalist Sajad Gul, who was arrested earlier this month after posting a video of his family and relatives protesting the killing of a rebel commander.

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“More applications” possible

Human rights lawyers are increasingly using the principles of universal jurisdiction to seek justice for those who have failed to file criminal charges in their own country or in the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Last week, a German court convicted a former Syrian secret police officer for crimes against humanity for overseeing the abuse of thousands of detainees in a prison near Damascus 10 years ago.

Camuz said he hopes that other legal action focused on Kashmir will be taken following a request to British police for the arrest of Indian officials.

“I’m sure this won’t be the last. Probably more applications,” he said.

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Source: AP



https://www.trtworld.com/asia/uk-asked-to-nab-indian-army-chief-home-minister-over-kashmir-war-crimes-53809?utm_source=other&utm_medium=rss Britain has called on the Indian Army Secretary of State and Interior Minister to capture Kashmir’s “war crimes.”

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