Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Modus operandi of Amnesty International

Amnesty International has published a report "Denied: Failures in accountability for human rights violations by security force personnel in Jammu and Kashmir". The title of the report indicates that security force personnel in Jammu and Kashmir are committing human rights violations and there is no accountability for such violations. But, the organization admits that five security force personnel were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment  in the Machil extra-judicial execution where Shahzad Ahmad Khan, one of the person around whom a case study is built, was killed.  The fact that life imprisonment was awarded to the security force personnel indicates that due procedures are followed by the Indian Army.  Then why should Amnesty International publish a report focusing on failure in accountability?  Many of the case studies of Amnesty International in Kashmir follow the same pattern.  Those who are killed are Muslims.  Complaints have been lodged against security personnel alleging extra-judicial killing, in many cases with the active involvement of organizations such as Amnesty.  When the government agencies are following their procedures, Amnesty International questions legality of security operations.  Criticizes the procedure followed by the Security agencies, especially the Indian Army.  Whenever, punishments are not awarded, the Amnesty International suspects partiality in trial.  Suspects the motives and integrity of those who are involved in the process of justice.  Seeks more details such as name and other details of soldiers who were involved in such incidents. Alleges lack of transparency when Army denies such information based on its well established operational rules. 

Further, Amnesty International creates emotional stories, videos of relatives of those who have died in Kashmiri unrest.  The underlying theme and the message of these videos and stories are pointing fingers towards the security agencies.  Public are intentionally misled by Amnesty Internationa reports and communication which are published widely.   Sustained publicity to such stories, videos and reports among the public is creating mistrust about the security agencies.  By focusing attention on Indian Army, the Amnesty International effectively creates a wedge between the Executive, Judiciary, Legislature and Security agencies.  In summary, the Amnesty International is sustaining a sophisticated misinformation campaign against Indian establishment. .