Canadian delegation meets IOK refugees

Muzaffarabad, December 11 (KMS): They have lost their loved ones and their homes. They are the women from Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) currently housed at the makeshift Ambore refugee camp in Muzaffarabad, capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

Ambore is three camps in one on the outskirts of Muzaffarabad housing 3456 persons (or 594 families). A delegation of human rights activists from Canada met them today at the camp. Led by Zafar Bangash, Convener, Friends of Kashmir Canada, the delegation also includes Dr Jonathan Kuttab, an International Human Rights lawyer, Mrs. Karen Rodman, Founder and Director of the Canadian NGO Just Peace Advocates, and Ms. Michaela Lavis, a Master’s student at York University in Toronto. »

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Media in Kashmir like patient on ventilator

Srinagar, December 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the situation on ground remains more or less same in the Kashmir Valley on the 129th day of military lockdown and internet shutdown, today.

Restrictions under Section 144 continue to remain in force while internet services are suspended in the Kashmir valley and Jammu region. The Kashmiris have ridiculed the claim by the Indian media that incoming text messaging facility has partially been restored . They said that the ban has, in fact, been lifted only on the incoming text messages from the mobile companies, and the subscribers are still unable to send or receive meaningful messages.

Indian troops deployed in occupied Kashmir have started receiving newly acquired American SiG Sauer assault rifles to be used against the Kashmiri people during siege and search operations in occupied Kashmir. »

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Thrissur (Kerala), India, December 11 (KMS): Noted Kashmiri journalist, writer and the executive editor of Kashmir Times, Anuradha Bhasin, has said that as all means of communications have been restricted, the media in occupied Kashmir are struggling for survival like a patient on ventilator.

Anuradha Bhasin said this while addressing a seminar on ‘Media Freedom for Kashmir’ organised at Thrissur in Indian state of Kerala by the Kerala Media Academy in association with the Kerala Union of working Journalists (KUWJ).

“Media persons in Kashmir have to negotiate with silence as communications systems including the Internet and cellphones have been restricted. There are restrictions for travelling too,” she said. »

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Jammu, December 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu-based APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Social Peace Forum Devinder Singh Behal has appealed to the United Nations and human rights organization to come forward to put an end to human rights violations in occupied Kashmir and play role in the settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations. »

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Srinagar, December 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the situation on ground remains more or less same in the Kashmir Valley on the 129th day of military lockdown and internet shutdown, today.

Locals have refuted the claim by Indian media, which quoting officials reported that incoming text messaging facility has partially been restored in the Valley. They said that the fact is, the ban has been lifted only on the incoming text messages from the mobile companies, and the subscribers will still not be able to send or receive messages other than ones from the companies and they termed it a joke with the Kashmiri people.

On the occasion of World Human Rights Day on Tuesday, at least 25 Mumbai-based NGOs and the Communist Party of India protested against human right violations in occupied Kashmir outside the iconic Churchgate Railway Station in Mumbai. The protesters said that New Delhi was not serious on preserving the human rights of the Kashmiri people and also demanded immediate release of former puppet chief ministers, who are under detention since August 5, 2019. »

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Islamabad, December 11 (KMS): Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement Vice Chairman Abdul Majeed Malik has said that the communal Indian government, headed by Narendra Modi has once again shown enmity against Islam by approving ant-Muslim law.

Abdul Majeed Malik in a statement issued in Islamabad said, the BJP government, pursuing the nefarious agenda of Hindu extremist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Singh, has converted occupied Kashmir into a big jail where people have been deprived of all their basic rights for the past over four months. »

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Washington, Dec 11 (KMS): Brad Sherman of the United States House of Representatives on Wednesday announced that members of the US House Subcommittee on Asia will be briefed on the prevailing situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir by top US state department officials on December 12.
In a message shared on Twitter, Sherman, a Democrat serving the San Fernando area of California, said that top intelligence officials will also be part of the classified briefing that is open to other members of the House, should they wish to attend.
“As Chair of the House Asia Subcommittee, I arranged a classified briefing. Tomorrow, top State Department and Intel officials will brief members of the Subcommittee and other interested members on Kashmir,” Representative Sherman wrote in his post. »

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New Delhi, December 11 (KMS): India’s decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 was unconstitutional since people of Jammu and Kashmir were bypassed as any proposal for altering the constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir should emanate from its citizens, said one of the petitioners in the Indian Supreme Court.

A five-judge bench headed by Justice N V Ramana, which commenced hearing on batch of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of India’s decision, was told by the petitioner that it was in violation of the Constitution as orders were passed in disregard of consent of people of J&K. »

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Geneva, December 11 (KMS): ‘2020 Commission Kashmir’ was launched for realising Kashmiris human rights and the right to self-determination during a conference in Geneva.

The conference titled ‘Worldwide Human Rights Perspectives’ was held under the patronage of Geneva Press club, Organisation of Kashmir Coalition (OKC), Alaska Indigenous Tribes, OCOPROCE International and International Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IHRAAM).

Professor Alfred de Zayas, (First Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order and Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations), moderated the conference. He reminded the audience that the United Nations Charter is the world constitution and that all UN member states must respect its principles and purposes, notably the promotion of world peace, the right to development and human rights for all without discrimination. »

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Pankaj Mishra

A new narrative about India is suddenly emerging. Until very recently, India appeared a great democracy as well as a rising economic power, a potential partner of the West in its policy of containing China. Writing in Time magazine in 2015, no less a moral and political authority than Barack Obama hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as India’s “reformer-in-chief” who “reflects the dynamism and potential of India’s rise.”

However, the latest, radically different narrative about India holds that the country is flailing, its politics and civil society captured by a Hindu supremacist movement, and its economy trapped in a potentially long slowdown. Evidence that India’s prime minister is not the smart economic modernizer, he seemed to many in the West has become steadily incontrovertible, especially after he quixotically withdrew most currency notes in circulation in 2016. »

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