AI urges India to lift blackout, let Kashmir speak

Srinagar, September 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the humanitarian crisis is aggravating further as the Indian authorities continue to impose curfew and other restrictions in the Kashmir valley on the 41st consecutive day, today.

The Kashmir valley remains under strict military siege as hundreds of thousands of Indian troops deployed in every nook and corner continue to keep millions of people confined to their homes. Normal life is crippled with educational institutions, shops, markets and business establishments remaining closed and public transport off the roads. Communication services like mobile, internet and TV channels are snapped in the entire Kashmir valley and in some parts of Jammu region.

The telecom sector of the territory has suffered a loss of more than 900 million rupees in last one month. An official of a telecom company told media that it would become difficult for the operators to continue their services if the Indian government did not lift the restrictions on mobile services and data in occupied Kashmir.

Meanwhile, global human rights watchdog, Amnesty International in a video posted on Twitter demanding an end to continued lockdown in occupied Kashmir urged India to let the people of the territory speak. In the video, the Amnesty International exposed gruesome crimes being committed by Indian forces’ personnel against the people of occupied Kashmir.

Speakers at a seminar in Hyderabad city of Indian state of Talangana strongly criticized the Modi government for repealing the special status of occupied Kashmir and demanded its restoration. The speakers included Talangana State Secretary of Communist Party of India Marxist, Tammineni Veerabhadram, State Secretary of Communist Party of India Chada Venkat, former member of India Parliament, Aziz Pasha, and Editor of daily Andhra Jyothy, Sriniwas.

A Public Interest Litigation was filed in the Indian Supreme Court against the illegal detention of children following the abrogation of Article 370 and an unprecedented lockdown in occupied Kashmir. The PIL was filed by noted child rights expert, Enakshi Ganguly and first Chairperson of India’s National Commission for Child Rights, Professor Shanta Sinha.

In Brussels, Members of the European Union Parliament speaking at a conference called for trade and travel sanctions on India over the alarming human rights situation in occupied Kashmir. The conference was jointly organised by Friends of Kashmir Group in the European Parliament and the Jammu and Kashmir Self-Determination Movement International at the European Parliament and the speakers included MEPs Richard Corbett, Anthea McIntyre, Shaffaq Muhammad, John Howarth, Irena von Weise and Theresa Griffin and Jammu and Kashmir Self-Determination Movement International Chairman, Raja Najabat Hussain. The European Parliament will debate an urgent resolution on human rights violations in occupied Kashmir in Strasbourg city of France on Tuesday.

US Congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib, in a statement strongly condemned the Indian government for revoking Articles 370 and 35-A and imposing communication blackout in occupied Kashmir.


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