Human Rights under threat in Kashmir, India: HRW official

Srinagar, November 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the increasing chill after fresh rains and snowfall has added to the miseries of the people of Kashmir Valley who have already been suffering immensely due to strict military siege since 5th of August.

Due to continued lockdown, people have more difficulties to face in the coming days as they have not been able to stock essential commodities for the harsh winter – a centuries-old practice as Srinagar-Jammu Highway, the only surface link of the territory remains closed for months. The situation in Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions was far from the normal for 104th consecutive day, today. There is no let up in the restrictions imposed under Section 144 in the territory amid massive deployment of Indian troops. The ban on internet, text messaging and prepaid mobile connections remains in force. The residents of Valley continue to show their resentment against New Delhi by observing civil disobedience over its anti-Kashmir moves. As part of this movement, the shopkeepers keep their shops closed in most part of the day while students are not attending the educational institutions. The offices are also witnessing a very thin attendance. »

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Washington, November 16 (KMS): John Sifton, Human Rights Watch’s Asia Advocacy Director, expressing serious concern over the prevailing grim situation in occupied Kashmir, has said that human rights are under threat in Kashmir and in India.

John Sifton said this in a written submission to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, which conducted a hearing on human rights in Kashmir on Thursday. He said that the focus of his testimony was how the US government could most effectively voice its concerns about these issues to the government of India.

John Sifton stated that since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won national elections in May, this year, and returned Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a second term, government authorities have continued harassing, and sometimes prosecuting, outspoken rights groups, human rights defenders and journalists for criticizing the government, while failing to credibly investigate increasing numbers of mob attacks, often led by BJP supporters, against religious minorities and other vulnerable communities. »

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New Delhi, November 16 (KMS): The Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has raided the Bengaluru and New Delhi offices of Amnesty International India over violation of rules involving foreign funding.

“The CBI had registered a case on November 5 on a complaint received from the Home Ministry against Amnesty International India Pvt. Ltd, Indians for Amnesty International Trust, Amnesty International India Foundation Trust and others,” the CBI said in a statement.

Reacting to the CBI’s action, the Amnesty International India said that it was being targeted for speaking out against human rights violations in the country. »

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Srinagar, November 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link of the Kashmir valley with the rest of the world, remained closed for the third day, today, due to snowfall and landslide in Ramban district.

The huge landslide in Digdol had blocked the highway on Thursday. It was fourth big landslide since November 7.

“It is raining heavily in Ramban district and as a result restoration operations are getting affected but men and machinery are at it and the debris will soon be cleared,” said JS Johar, Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic), Jammu-Srinagar highway. »

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Srinagar, November 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the increasing chill after fresh rains and snowfall has added to the miseries of the people of Kashmir Valley who have already been suffering immensely due to strict military siege since August 5.

Due to continued lockdown, people could not stock essential commodities for the harsh winter – a centuries-old practice as Srinagar-Jammu Highway, the only surface link of the territory remains closed for most of the season.

The situation in Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions is far from the normal for 104th consecutive day, today, as anger runs high among the masses against India over its move of repealing special status of occupied Kashmir and putting the territory under military siege. »

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Washington, November 16 (KMS): President of US-based Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights (JKCHR), Dr Syed Nazir Gilani has thanked the Labour Party for addressing Kashmir correctly at its conference.

Dr Syed Nazir Gilani in his letter addressed to Ian Lavery, MP and Chair of Labour Party, said, he is writing as a British of Kashmiri origin and as JKCHR President in special consultative status with the UN, in relation to the concerns expressed by members of Indian Diaspora in their letter of 14th October addressed to the Labour leader Mr Jeremy Corbyn on “emergency motion on Kashmir” passed at this year’s Labour Party conference” and your response of 11th November 2019 as Chair of the Labour Party. »

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New York, Nov 16 (KMS):Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Munir Akram has met UN General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande and apprised him regarding the deteriorated situation of the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK).

Munir Akram urged that the international community must play its role to resolve the Kashmir dispute as it can become a flashpoint between two nuclear-armed states.

During the meeting, Akram said that the situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir, which has been under a repressive military lockdown for over four months is now further worsening. Munir Akram apprised Tijjani Muhammad-Bande that despite the lapse of one hundred days of India’s inhuman curfew and blanket restrictions on all forms of communications as well as systematic intimidation, normalcy has still not returned and fear grips the disputed state. »

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London, Nov 16 (KMS): Speakers including Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK) Mohammad Nafees Zakaria expressing their grave concerns over the current worsening human rights violations and humanitarian crisis in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir said that unresolved Kashmir dispute was a permanent threat to peace and prosperity in the region.
The seminar on Kashmir was organized by the Pakistan High Commission London the other day to highlight Kashmir solidarity day.
This was the day when in 1947 ,the Indian forces illegally landed in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, and together with Patiyala troops , already illegally present in Kashmir, Indian Dogra forces and RSS terrorists carried out the genocide of over 300,000 Kashmiris and displaced over one million Kashmiri Muslims. »

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Islamabad, Nov 16 (KMS): Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan has praised the Turkish government and people for supporting Kashmir cause. He also said while Pakistan and Turkey had strong ties, hearts of the people of the two countries beat together, who had stood together in every test of time.

The AJK president was addressing a function organised by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and Kashmir Education Foundation here.

The TIKA provided the assorted furniture to two schools of the Kashmir Education Foundation in Banjosa and Rawalakot, AJK. »

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Washington, Nov 16 (KMS): The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bi-partisan group of US Congress, has called India to end systematic violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).
“Clearly, we are at a crisis point right now,” co-chair of the infamous Commission, Congressman James McGovern said talking to The News while discussing human rights situation in Indian occupied Kashmir.
The commission on Thursday had arranged a special hearing to examine the human rights situation in Kashmir. The Indian government’s decision to change the legal status of the Muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir, announced in August, has attracted intense attention due persistent reports of human rights violations, including a crackdown on freedom of expression, the arbitrary “preventive” detention of hundreds of politicians, lawyers, journalists, and other civil society figures and related fears of enforced disappearance; the use of excessive force against protesters. »

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