India’s civic space rating downgraded

Srinagar, December 05 (KMS): The Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions of occupied Kashmir continue to simmer with anger amid continued suspension of Internet services and military lockdown of the territory.

Over eight million residents of the Valley are particularly bearing the brunt of the lockdown, which entered 123rd running day, today. The continued absence of mobile phone, SMS and Internet services has cut off people even from their surroundings. It has also badly affected businesses, education of students and working of journalists.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp accounts belonging to Kashmiris expired this week for remaining inactive for over 120 days due to the continued ban on internet services in the Valley. The accounts expired due to a policy of Facebook, which owns the messaging platform. Under the said policy, Whatsapp accounts which remain inactive for 120 days are deleted, automatically. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that the deletion of WhatsApp accounts of the Kashmiris was indeed due to the aforementioned policy. »

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Mumbai, December 05 (KMS): Swedish King Carl Gustaf has said that his country has been acting as an observer in occupied Kashmir for the past several years and will continue to do so.

The king made the remarks while talking to a group of journalists in the Indian city of Mumbai. The statement came in response to questions about Sweden acting as mediator to resolve the decades-long issue.

The comments by the king follow similar remarks made by Swedish foreign ministry on the eve of the king’s visit to India, calling for the lifting of curfew and the restoration of communications. »

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New Delhi, December 05 (KMS): The Indian government has admitted that it arrested a total of 5,161 people in occupied Kashmir after August 5 when it scrapped special status of the territory.

However, the tentative estimates show that over 13,000 Kashmiris including Hurriyat leaders, political workers and youth were arrested by Indian troops and police to prevent demonstrations against Modi government’s illegal move. Hundreds of them were shifted to various jails in India.

Indian minister of State for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy, in his address in the parliament, said that the arrested people included political leaders, activists and others. »

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Islamabad, December 05 (KMS): Senior Vice President of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Mehmood Ahmed Saghar has said that millions of Kashmiris continue to suffer relentlessly in the besieged occupied Kashmir Valley at the hands of Indian forces.

Mehmood Ahmed Saghar in a statement issued in Islamabad said, “Human rights situation is deteriorating with every passing day whereas the communications blackout throughout the Valley remains in force for the past over four months.”

He said that the continued military lockdown and siege of the territory had also harmed the economy of the territory, adding that the Internet blockade too had affected the education and health sectors. »

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Islamabad, December 05 (KMS): Leader of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter and Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM), Abdul Majeed Malik has said that the Indian forces are carrying out atrocities in occupied Kashmir.

Abdul Majeed Malik in a statement issued in Islamabad said that the United Nations had a responsibility to implement its Kashmir resolutions for settlement of the Kashmiri dispute.He deplored the silence of the international community over military lockdown and siege in the occupied territory. »

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Jammu, December 05 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a delegation of Muslim leaders of Jammu, which is currently visiting big cities of Jammu, reached Kishtwar the other day,

The delegation was warmly received by the Khateeb of Markazi Jamia Masjid, Farooq Ahmad Kachloo, Dilawar Baghban, Waseem-ul-Hassan Gandla, Irshad Ahmad Matoo, Vice Chairman of Youth forum for justic, Molvi Nisar Ahmad and others. »

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Srinagar, December 05, 2019 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, WhatsApp accounts belonging to Kashmiris expired this week for remaining inactive for over 120 days due to the continued ban on internet services in the Valley since 5th of August.

The WhatsApp accounts expired due to a policy of Facebook, which owns the messaging platform. Under the said policy, accounts which have been inactive for 120 days are deleted. The Internet has been banned in the Valley since August 5, when the Indian government announced abrogation of Articles 370 and 35 A. »

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New Delhi, December 05 (KMS): An Indian solider killed Five of his colleagues before shooting himself in Chhattisgarh in India.

An Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) soldier opened fire at his colleagues, killing five and injuring two others before shooting self in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district. »

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Expresses concern over clampdown in occupied Kashmir

Bangkok, December 05 (KMS): CIVICUS Monitor, an international alliance of civil society organisations, which rates and tracks respect for fundamental freedoms in 196 countries has downgraded India’s civic space rating from “obstructed” to “repressed”.

CIVICUS Monitor, in its new People Power Under Attack 2019 report posted on its website, cited its extreme concern about the crackdown on human rights activists, attacks on journalists and civil society groups, and the lockdown in occupied Kashmir. A repressed rating indicates that democratic freedoms such as the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association are significantly constrained. »

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Srinagar, December 05 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions continue to simmer with anger as military lockdown has entered 123rd running day, today.

Restrictions under section 144 remain enforced amid huge presence of Indian troops. Over eight million residents of the Valley are particularly bearing the brunt of the lockdown. Internet services, prepaid mobile phones and SMS remain snapped in the occupied territory. The continued absence of Internet service has cut off people not only from their surroundings but also from the world. It has also badly affected businesses, education of students and working of journalists. »

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