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Amnesty report should be examined in totality: Omar

Posted by on March 22, 2011 1 Comment

Jammu, March 22 (IANS) Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday said that Amnesty International’s report on alleged human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir has to be examined in “totality before comments are rushed into”.

In a post on micro-blogging site Twitter, a day after the report was released to media in Srinagar, the chief minister said: “The Amnesty report deserves to be examined in its totality before comments are rushed into. So don’t expect knee jerk reactions from me.”

In another tweet, Abdullah said: “And those of you working yourselves into a frenzy about the Amnesty report – I have not been given a copy so what do I comment about?”

Amnesty has demanded immediate scrapping of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA) that is used to detain suspects without trial for years.

Describing the PSA as a “lawless law”, Amnesty estimated that 8,000-20,000 people have been detained under the law in the past two decades of insurgency in the state.

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