Organisation of Islamic Cooperation calls for independent inquiry into Kashmir deaths

New Delhi, India Updated: Jul 14, 2016, 05:45 PM(IST)

The OIC said incidents of?human rights violations in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir had mostly been at the hands of Indian military and paramilitary personnel. Photograph:( Getty )

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's (IOC) Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) has raised its concern over the recent violence in Kashmir which has resulted in the killing of more than 30 Kashmiris and has left more than 1,400 people injured.

The IPHRC said in a statement that "incidents of human rights violations in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has mostly been at the hands of the Indian military and paramilitary forces". 

Kashmir has been on the boil ever since security forces gunned down Burhan Wani, a militant commander of the separatist Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, on July 8. Post Wani's death, the Valley has been rocked by violent protests. 

The IPHRC condemned the use by security personnel of excessive force to restrain peacefully protesting civilans and said it was ''deplorable and a blatant violation of the right to life, right to freedom of expression and opinion, right to peaceful protest and assembly and other fundamental human rights.''

It also called for an independent and transparent inquiry into the deaths, and said the individuals responsible should be held accountable. 

A spokesperson for India's ministry of external affairs responded by saying the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation "had no locus standi here" and that India "needed no gratuitous advice". 

WION and Agencies 

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