국제앰네스티는 인도 잠무(Jammu)와 카슈미르(Kashmir) 지역 당국에 반 정부 시위에 참가 한 혐의로 기소되지 않은 채 7개월간 수감중인 14세 아동을 석방 할 것을 촉구했다.
당국은 무슈탁 아메드 샤이크(Mushtag Ahmad Sheikh)가 지난 4월 수도인 스리나가르(Srinagar)에서 발생한 시위 중 경찰에 돌을 던지던 큰 무리에 속해 있었다고 밝혔다.
경찰은 그가 19세라고 주장하고 있지만 그의 가족들은 그는 1996년생이며 14세라고 밝혔고 감옥상 기록 또한 가족들의 주장을 뒷받침 하고 있다.
이와 관련해 지난 5월 국제앰네스티는 잠무와 카슈미르지역 총 책임자와 주 인권위원회가 함께한 자리에서 샤이크에 대해 질문했고 당국은 바로 조치하겠다고 약속 했으나 이를 이행하지 않고 있다.
샤이크가 현재 구금되어 있는 코트 발왈(Kot Bhalwal)감옥은 어린이를 위한 어떠한 시설도 갖추고 있지 않으며 매우 제한적인 의료 서비스만 제공하고 있다.
국제앰네스티 샘 자리피 아시아•태평양국 국장은 “무슈탁 아메드 샤이크는 정식 기소되던지 즉각 석방 되어야 한다”며 “그가 기소 될 경우, 당국은 ‘유엔 아동의 권리에 관한 협약’에 따라 대우해야 하며 어린이를 수용할 수 있는 시설로 그를 옮겨야 한다”고 밝혔다.
INDIAN AUTHORITIES MUST RELEASE 14-YEAR-OLD HELD IN KASHMIR WITHOUT CHARGE
18 November 2010Amnesty International has urged authorities in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir to release a 14-year-old child who has been detained without charge or trial for seven months, for allegedly taking part in anti-government protests.
The authorities claim that Mushtag Ahmad Sheikh was part of a large crowd which threw stones at police and security forces in the state capital Srinagar in April, as part of the ongoing unrest in Kashmir.
Police say that Mushtag Ahmad Sheikh is 19-years-old but his family claim that he was born in 1996 and is 14-years-old. Prison records reportedly confirm that he is a child.
“Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh must either be charged with a recognizable criminal offence or released immediately,” said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director.
“If he is charged, he should be treated in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, held and tried in special facilities for children.”
Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh was first arrested in Srinagar on 9 April. He was released on bail after eight days in custody and rearrested on 21 April.
His family was not officially told that he had been detained but found out about it through a local resident.
Initially held at Udhampur Jail, Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh is now held at Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu.
Both prisons do not have special facilities for detaining children. Prison Conditions in Jammu are harsh with limited health care.
In May, Amnesty International raised Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh’s detention at a meeting with the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and the State Human Rights Commission. To date, despite their assurances, nothing appears to have been done.
Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh is detained under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act – a law that allows the authorities to hold people for up to two years without any judicial review.
This year, at least 322 people are reported to have been detained without trial under the act. A number of them, including children, have been detained on similar grounds of stone throwing and rioting during protests against the Indian government.
Over the summer demonstrators in Jammu and Kashmir voiced their concerns about the lack of accountability of the security forces; the withdrawal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) and the removal of Army camps – along with the underlying demand of independence for Kashmir.