Geneva, September 09 (KMS): The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has expressed deep concern over the impact of recent actions by the Government of India on the human rights of Kashmiris, including restrictions on internet communications and peaceful assembly, and the detention of local political leaders and activists.

Speaking at the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva about the deteriorating situation in occupied Kashmir on Monday, the UN rights chief asked India to ease lockdowns to ensure people’s access to basic remedies. »

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Geneva, September 09 (KMS): Kashmiri Hurriyat leader, Mr Altaf Wani has urged the United Nations, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the members of UN Human Rights Council to appoint Commission of Inquiry to investigate the human rights violations by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir.

Mr Altaf Wani talking to the media in Geneve, today, said, Kashmir is under occupation of India for the last 72 years and from the last 36 days there is total communication lockdown of the occupied  territory. He said, the people of Kashmir have no access to the rest of the world and are not allowed to move out. »

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Normal life affected on 36th day

Srinagar, September 09 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, curfew and restrictions, imposed from August 5, have been further tightened by the Indian authorities to prevent Muharram processions across the territory.

The commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining areas of Srinagar were completely sealed with concertina wires placed at all entry points and two major arterial stretches, MA Road and Residency Road, to restrict public movement. Even ambulances and medical staff were not allowed to move. Indian troops drove around the city, announcing through loudspeakers that strict action would be taken against violators of curfew.

However, people defied curfew and participated in processions at many places including Abiguzar locality in Srinagar. At least six more similar processions were taken out, with police detaining all the participants. Police also beat the mourners with bamboo sticks and fired pellets. »

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Internet shutdown caused 40 billion losses to IOK economy

Srinagar, September 09 (KMS): Deccan Herald citing official data says the ongoing internet gag in occupied Kashmir is the longest ever witnessed in the territory.

It said the internet gag which began on August 5, crossed 840 hours on Sunday, adding, the previous longest was 240 hours blockade witnessed during the 2016 summer uprising.

“Frequent internet shutdown is nothing new in Kashmir as in the past decade the service was snapped multiple times. However, this time not only mobile internet services were barred, but broadband, lease line, and even V-Sat services too were snapped,” it added. »

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Karnataka, September 09 (KMS): Speakers at a seminar on Kashmir in Indian state of Karnataka while criticizing the Indian government for converting Jammu and Kashmir into a living prison said that New Delhi has imposed a war on people of the territory.

Kavita Krishnan, Communist Party of India leader, while rejecting the Indian government’s claim about normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir has said that the territory has become a prison. She was sharing her experience during her visit to Kashmir between August 9 to 13 at a day-long seminar titled “Constitution, Democracy and Jammu and Kashmir”, held on Sunday at Jai Bheem Bhavan in Karnataka. »

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Srinagar, September 09 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, thousands of Kashmiri youth have been rendered jobless with 1,500 in the Information Technology (IT) industry alone as the communication blockade, which entered the 36th straight day, today, has hit the industrial sector in the territory.

Officials say Kashmir-based subsidiaries of various IT companies suffered irreversible losses after their foreign clients switched to other companies outside the Valley to avail services.

“Don’t put yourself in danger by coming to office for an update. We will reach out to you about the decision to move some employees to Delhi,” reads a notice of a reputed IT services company in Srinagar to its staff. »

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Tehran, September 09 (KMS): Iranian cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Nouri-Hamedani has urged the people of the Indian occupied Kashmir to firmly stand for their right, assuring them that the Islamic Republic of Iran will support them in this regard.

Ayatollah Nouri-Hamedani during his meeting with a group of Kashmiri students studying at seminary schools said, “If you want to secure your right, you must be prepared for martyrdom and fight,” he was quoted as having said. »

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Brussels, September 09 (KMS): The Chairman of Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU), Ali Raza Syed has said that Karbala is a message of freedom for the whole humanity particularly all of the freedom lovers.

Ali Raza Syed in a statement issued in Brussels, paying tributes to Imam Hussain (A.S) and His great companions at the battleground of Karbala, said that the sacrifices offered by Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S) in the Karbala would remain as an example for the all freedom’s believers. »

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Normal life affected on 36th consecutive day today

Srinagar, September 09 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, curfew and restrictions, imposed since August 5, have been further intensified to prevent Muharram processions across the territory.

The commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining areas are completely sealed by the police and Central Reserve Police Force with concertina wires at all entry points and two major arterial stretches, MA Road and Residency Road, to disallow public movement. »

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Srinagar, September 09 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, journalists faced vandalism, harassment and abuse at the hands of Indian forces’ personnel in Srinagar.

The police and paramilitary forces, who had closed all roads with concertina wires did not allow them to visit the so-called media facilitation centre, set up by the authorities in the Sonwar area of Srinagar, just to hoodwink the international community.

Journalists and photojournalists said even curfew passes and media passes were not acknowledged by the forces’ personnel. »

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