Antonio Guterres, The United Nations Secretary-General has expressed his concern over “grave violations” against children in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) and demanded the Narendra Modi-led government to take preventive steps to protect children, by ending the use of pellets against them.
As per details, The call was made by the United Ntions chief in the annual report on Children and Armed Conflict, which was launched last week by his Special Representative on the subject, Virginia Gamba.
The secretary-general said in the report that “I remain concerned by grave violations against children in Jammu and Kashmir and call upon the Government to take preventive measures to protect children, including by ending the use of pellets against children, ensuring that children are not associated in any way to security forces, and endorsing the Safe Schools Declaration and the Vancouver Principles,”
Antonio Guterres also said that “I am alarmed at the detention and torture of children and concerned by the military use of schools,” noting that 7 schools were used for 4 months by Indian security forces.
The UN secretary-general further added that “I urge the (Indian) Government to ensure that children are detained as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time, and to prevent all forms of ill-treatment in detention,” also urged the Indian government to ensure the implementation of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, to address the use of children for illegal activities and the situation of detained children.
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