Amnesty for ban on pellet shotguns in Kashmir

Amnesty for ban on pellet shotguns in Kashmir”

The report says that pellet-firing shotguns used by government forces in Kashmir are responsible for blinding, killing and traumatizing hundreds of people in Kashmir.

"Authorities have a duty to maintain public order, but using pellet shotguns is not the solution", Patel said.

Two days after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the pellet guns were now being sparingly used in Kashmir, the worldwide human rights watchdog Amnesty global India Wednesday called on Government of India (GoI) to stop the use of pellet guns in Kashmir.

The body also launched a campaign urging chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and Union home minister Rajnath Singh to immediately end the use of the pellet-firing shotguns in the restive state.

Stating that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech said that change in Kashmir will not come from guns or abuses, Amnesty said that if the government truly meant this, they must end the use of pellet-firing shotguns, which have caused enormous suffering in Kashmir. "If the government truly means this, they must end the use of pellet-firing shotguns, which have caused enormous suffering in Kashmir", said Aakar Patel, Executive Director at Amnesty International India.

According to the Amnesty report, school-going boys and girls have lost vision in one or both eyes, and have difficulty reading, playing with their friends, or watching TV. "Young men and primary breadwinners of families say that they can not earn a living anymore, that they are now a liability for their families", it says. Many have not regained their eyesight despite repeated surgeries.

Senior Campaigner at Amnesty International India Zahoor Wani said that the pellet victims complained about "psychological, physical trauma, hypertension and memory loss".

Wani said the state government has done little to support those injured and disabled by this weapon.

After a spate of gruesome injuries a year ago that earned the title "epidemic of dead eyes", Amnesty and other rights groups called for a complete ban on the use of the shotguns. It also mentions a list of 16 men identified as being members of the Jammu and Kashmir armed police who suffered various forms of injuries caused by pellets. AI India claimed that they wrote to the JKP and CRPF for further information, but no responses were received. "Security forces must address stone-throwing or other violence by protestors by means that allow for better targeting or more control over the harm caused".

It also recommended full reparation in line with global standards be provided to those, who have been injured by pellet-firing and to the families of those killed.

Although shotguns have been in use in Kashmir since 2010, government forces fired them widely during months of civilian protests against Indian rule in 2016 after Indian forces killed a popular militant leader.

Immediately stop the use of pellet-firing shotguns to police demonstrations, and ensure that the use of other weapons is in line with global human rights standards on the use of force.

Provide relevant training on crowd control measures and the use of force and firearms to security force personnel of the central and state governments, as laid out in the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials and UN Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials.

Like this


15 September 2017
ShangriLa is online casino with guarantee of won money pay outs
Shangri La proposes games for any taste A large selection of slot games allows anyone to choose a game for any discerning taste. This is the best place to spend your free time with pleasure, stress relief, relax and forget about the daily problems.

14 September 2017
Amla, Perera lead World XI T20 win over Pakistan
Pakistan had registered a 20-run win in Tuesday's first match, which marked the return of worldwide cricket to Pakistan. Babar Azam was once again sublime, hitting five sweetly-timed boundaries in his 38-ball 45.

14 September 2017
Man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' arrested after attacking passers-by in Toulouse, France
He burst into tears after he was wrestled to the ground, handcuffed and placed on to a stretcher for transport to a hospital. According to the Daily Mail , the unidentified man, 42, stuck officers before they subdued and arrested him.

14 September 2017
Marines injured in training accident at Camp Pendleton
Conditions of the injured Marines were not immediately available. The accident is under investigation, officials said. They can carry up to 28 Marines at a time.

14 September 2017
What Are Analysts Report About Hi-Crush Partners LP (HCLP)
TVR Capital Management LP acquired a new position in shares of Hi-Crush Partners during the second quarter valued at $667,000. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 22.85% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

14 September 2017
Ford Motor Company Rating Reduced by Vetr to "Buy"
Turning to Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft (NYSE:DB), its shares were trading at $16.34 a gain of $0.34, on the trading floor. Her Majesty The Queen In Right Of The Province Of Alberta As Represented By Alberta Inv Mgmt holds 0% or 7,600 shares.

14 September 2017
Volume: A Tool to Project Future Performance - Kimco Realty Corporation (NYSE:KIM)
On average, equities research analysts forecast that Kimco Realty Corporation will post $0.70 EPS for the current fiscal year. The Company is engaged principally in the ownership, management, development and operation of open-air shopping centers.

14 September 2017
Stoke 2 Manchester United 2
Mourinho's side head to the Britannia Stadium on the back of three straight wins, scoring 10 goals without conceding. The opener saw David de Gea beaten for the first time in the league this season.

14 September 2017
Bears Little Man Cohen Has Big Debut
The (offensive coordinator) has confidence in everybody else on this team, just as he has confidence in myself. This kid is unbelievable. "And we ended up offering him a scholarship and he signed and the rest is history".

13 September 2017
Top Bookmakers Name Odds-On Favourites for 2017-2018 NBA Championship Success
As a result, the Warriors won the championship for a fifth time, taking back the title that they last won as recently as 2015. The two teams have met in the final for three consecutive years, with the Cavs picking up the title just once, in 2016.