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Rights body urges foreign countries to blacklist 500 security personnel

india Updated: May 28, 2013 19:07 IST
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A human rights body on Tuesday claimed it is in touch with foreign countries to blacklist at least 500 security personnel involved in human rights abuses in the state.

"A process of engagement with foreign countries, including European Union, has begun. These governments are being urged to take action against any security personnel responsible for human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir," said Tahir Begum, spokesman of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) in Srinagar.

The APDP has been formed to trace the whereabouts of those missing in the past two decades of violent conflict. It is observing the International Week of the Disappeared to highlight the plight of the victim families.

"The action sought (from foreign countries) will range from denial of visas, to prosecutions if they step on foreign soil," said Begum.

According to human rights activist more than 8,000 people are missing since militancy broke in 1990, while the government put the figure at around 3,000.

The APDP has prepared a list of 500 security personnel --- which include 235 army personnel, 111 cops --- and forwarded it to foreign countries. The list includes a serving additional general of police, a deputy inspector general and a former inspector general of police.

The International Peoples' Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice and the APDP in 2012 had claimed to have examined 214 cases of human rights violations and the role of 500 alleged perpetrators in these crimes.

A human rights group this month met Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and BJP national general secretary P Murlidhar Rao in New Delhi "to elicit their responses" over the report 'Alleged Perpetrators: Stories of Impunity in J&K'.

"The report has formally been sent to the state government, which termed it serious. However, ironically shortly after the report, three senior police officials were promoted and given new responsibilities," alleged Begum.

Several victim families of disappeared people on Tuesday reiterated their demand that the state government should help them in identifying those allegedly missing in security forces' custody.