deplores Maoists’ massacre in Jharkhand
Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) in a press release
today deplored the massacre of 15 civilians and injury of six others
at Bhelbadari village under Giridih district of Jharkhand by the
Naxalites as an act of gross violations of the right to life of
the victims. Over 100 armed Naxalites reportedly raided the village near
Bhinwaghati under Deuri police station on 11 September 2005 and
indiscriminately attacked the villagers.
The failure to make distinction
between combatants and non-combatants by the Naxalites constitute
blatant violation of the Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions
and the Rome Statute on International Criminal Court.
killings, torture, kidnapping and the passing of sentences and the
carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced
by a regularly constituted court affording all the judicial guarantees
which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples by the
Naxalites violate the basic principles of international humanitarian
– stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.
the same time, the government must also not increase the risks of
the civilians by forming vigilante groups like the Village Protection
Group. The government has its positive obligation to protect civilians
at risk of attacks from the Maoists, rather than increasing the
risk by encouraging formation of such vigilante groups.”
– further stated Mr Suhas Chakma.
Asian Centre for Human Rights
urged the authorities to bring the culprits to justice and urged
to ensure that law-enforcement operations aimed at bringing those
responsible for the killings to justice are conducted in full accordance
with international human rights standards.