Hayns told a news conference immediately after his arrival in Srinagar [ Images ] that his mandate was to visit different countries to asses the situation on right to life which is fundamental to all other human rights and report back to United Nations Human Rights Commission.
“During my stay I will be meeting government officials including those from the police, the Army, rights activists, victims and academicians etc.”
Chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, Parveena Ahangar met the special rapporteur after his arrival.
He said, “Sweeping powers such as the Public Safety Act and the Armed Forces Special Powers Act were available to the authorities which made normal judicial remedies unavailable to those seeking judicial intervention against misuse of powers by the security forces in Kashmir.”
The coalition of civil society members also met the special rapporteur and submitted detailed reports about the human rights situation in the Valley.
He had a close door meeting with relatives of those killed in some highly controversial incidents in the Valley.
Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar, Rediff.com