London-based law firm seeks arrest of Indian army chief HM IIOJK war crimes – Reuters

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Published on January 19, 2022 12:48

The law firm’s investigation suggested the abuse has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.

LONDON (Dunya News) – A London-based law firm has filed a request with British police seeking the arrest of India’s army chief and home secretary for their roles in war crimes in the Illegally Occupied Indian Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

Law firm Stoke White said it had submitted extensive evidence to the Metropolitan Police’s war crimes unit documenting how Indian troops led by General Manoj Mukund Naravane and Home Secretary Amit Shah were responsible for torture, kidnapping and murder of activists, journalists and civilians. .

According to Kashmir Media Service, the law firm’s report was based on more than 2,000 testimonies collected between 2020 and 2021. It also accused eight unnamed senior Indian military officials of direct involvement in war crimes and torture. in Kashmir.

“There are strong reasons to believe that Indian authorities are committing war crimes and other violence against civilians in Jammu and Kashmir,” the report said.

The request to London police was made under the principle of “universal jurisdiction”, which gives countries the power to prosecute individuals accused of crimes against humanity committed anywhere in the world.

The London-based international law firm said it believed its request was the first time legal action had been brought overseas against Indian authorities over war crimes in Kashmir.

It should be mentioned that Kashmiris and international rights groups have long accused Indian troops of committing systematic human rights abuses and arresting those who oppose the illegal occupation of Jammu and -Kashmir by India. In 2018, the UN human rights chief called for an independent international investigation into reports of rights abuses in Kashmir.

The law firm’s investigation suggested the abuse has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.

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