Machil case proceedings in military court futile exercise: the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons

Srinagar, December 29, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) has described the Indian military courts as Kangaroo courts saying that proceedings in the context of Kashmir conflict are a futile exercise.

The APDP spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the recent media hype of the court martial in Machil fake encounter case of 2010 and the subsequent welcome statements by politicians were part of the media propaganda. “How can the same army be trusted to prosecute its personnel for the human rights abuses that has institutional mechanisms of impunity and has incentivized policy of encouraging the extra-judicial killings?” the statement added.

The Spokesman said that court-martials were exactly like Kangaroo courts where the victim had no rights, no access and absolute lack of transparency, while the culprits had all the protection, access and also the scope to challenge the wrongs of the judgment in the higher courts.

The statement further said that the civilian victims couldn’t avail the opportunity of being represented by a lawyer in a court martial and could not challenge the court-martial judgments in higher courts.

“If the Indian army does not trust the police investigations, which generally have not been in favour of the civilians, why at all should people of Jammu and Kashmir be burdened to trust the police investigations?” the APDP stated. It said that the history of the court-martials in occupied Kashmir was a mystery. The statement pointed out that Indian Army had failed to furnish details of those who could have been prosecuted for human rights abuses against people of the occupied territory.

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