ACHR PRESS RELEASE
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ACHR Index: PR/IND/12/06
01 May 2006

ACHR condemns massacre of 22 Hindus in Kashmir
- An attempt to undermine democratic and peace processes -

New Delhi : Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today condemned the barbaric and senseless killing of at least 22 Hindus at Panjdobi and Thava villages in Kulhan area of the Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir last night by the unidentified armed opposition groups as “crimes against humanity”.

The killing of the innocent civilians is barbaric and is an attempt to undermine democratic processes such as recent holding of elections and forthcoming talks between the Prime Minister of India and the leaders of the Hurriyat Conference in New Delhi.

“The massacre is an attempt to destroy efforts to create a climate in which human rights and fundamental freedoms are more likely to be respected” – stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR).

Though no armed opposition group has claimed the responsibility so far, ACHR urged the armed opposition groups to refrain from targeting innocent civilians and respect the Geneva Conventions. Stating that the killings of the innocent civilians by the armed opposition groups across India have intensified in 2006, Asian Centre for Human Rights urged the government of India to take appropriate measures to provide security to the civilians and bring the culprits to justice.

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