Srinagar, May 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) has urged the Indian government to adhere to the principles of the international humanitarian law during the combat operations.

A spokesman of JKCCS in a statement issued in Srinagar said that in the recent few months there had been huge number of extrajudicial killings by the Indian armed forces and indiscriminate use of force against the civilians.

He viewed that despite all the public commitments by India the people of Jammu and Kashmir continue to witness loss of civilian lives, destruction of their property and denial of their civil and political rights.

The JKCCS demanded that during operations combatants must not target civilian objects, civilians and those not directly participating in armed hostilities. “During military operations, constant care must be taken to spare civilian population, civilians and civilian objects. To avoid civilian casualties, military installations in and around population centers must not be created. Attacks against such military objectives which are expected to cause disproportionate civilian casualties and damage must not be launched. During and after the combat operations wounded and sick must be collected and cared for. Civilians must not be taken hostage for any reason or/and in any circumstances,” the spokesman said.

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