New York, January 18 (KMS): Rights activists and Kashmiri intellectuals are deeply unsettled over Indian chief of defence staff, General Bipin Rawat’s statement that Kashmiris could be shipped off to ‘deradicalization camps’, The New York Times reports.

A report published in the American newspaper quoted the rights activists and Kashmiri intellectuals as saying that the General’s words revealed how the highest levels of the Indian military viewed Kashmiri people and that his comments could presage another disturbing turn of events.

The newspaper quoted Siddiq Wahid, a Kashmiri historian, as having said that it was shocking the General would even suggest this. He said, he doesn’t think the General realises the insanity of what he is talking about. He further said that he was concerned about Rawat’s use of the word ‘camps’. “Are we talking about summer camps or one-year camps where you strip people of their identity and rebuild them?” he asked. »

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New York, January 18 (KMS): The world rights body, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said that India is failing on Kashmiri human rights.

HRW’s South Asia Director, Meenakshi Ganguly in a statement posted on the website of the organization said that occupied Kashmir had been under a lockdown for five months. She said fearing that Kashmiris might protest the revocation of special status provided to Jammu and Kashmir under India’s constitution, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi clamped down. “Since the restrictions in August, the government has taken slow, reluctant steps to ease some of them, but is still falling far short in upholding Kashmiri rights,” she said.

Meenakshi Ganguli said that many of the thousands arbitrarily arrested – lawyers, shop owners, traders, students, rights activists – had now been released, but reportedly only after promising not to criticize the government. Some senior Kashmiri political leaders, including former chief ministers, remain in custody, she added. Police admitted at least 144 children had been detained, and now the chief of defense staff (General Bipin Rawat) has spoken of putting children in “deradicalization camps, she deplored. »

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Washington, January 12 (KMS): The US State Department has expressed concern over the continued detention of political leaders and restrictions on internet in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The restrictions were imposed on August 5 last when India abrogated the Article 370 that gave special powers to Jammu and Kashmir. »

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Atmosphere of fear, uncertainty prevails amid lockdown

Srinagar, January 10 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has termed the strictly controlled visit of Delhi-based Envoys of 15 countries to Kashmir as a nefarious attempt by the Indian government to mislead the world about the ground situation in the territory.

The forum spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that India wrote the worst chapter of history by usurping all the basic rights and freedoms of the people of occupied Kashmir on 5th August, 2019 when it revoked the special status of the territory. He said that since then thousands of Kashmiris including Hurriyat leaders, activists, intellectuals, lawyers and traders had been kept in different jails and detention centres. He said that by organizing visit of hand-picked envoys and holding meetings with them in military cantonment would not change the ground realities of occupied Kashmir.

The Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party in a statement in Srinagar deplored that, on one hand, occupied Kashmir had been turned into a hell for its residents, while on the other, Modi-led fascist regime was mercilessly arranging the visits of foreign envoys to project its baseless narrative that all is well in the territory. »

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UN resolutions legitimize freedom struggle: APHC

Srinagar, January 05 (KMS): Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over observed the Right to Self-Determination Day, today, with the pledge that they would continue the struggle for settlement of the Kashmir dispute through a free and fair plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations.

It was on this day in 1949 when the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution supporting the Kashmiris’ right to decide their future by themselves through UN-sponsored plebiscite. The day was marked by various activities including rallies, seminars and conferences in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan and across the world to remind the UN to save the Kashmiris from the Indian brutalities by implementing its resolutions on Kashmir.

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the resolutions passed by the United Nations Security Council on Jammu and Kashmir legitimize the struggle of the Kashmiri people to achieve their right to self-determination. The statement said that these resolutions are testimony to the fact that the Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir was unjustified, illegal and against all norms and standards of the international law. »

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Srinagar, January 05 (KMS): The forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while expressing concern over the continuing human rights violations in occupied Kashmir particularly since August 5, 2019, has said that the Kashmiri people have been deprived of all basic rights at gunpoint.

Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, appealed to the international community to take serious notice of the deteriorating situation in the occupied territory and take measures to prevent India from continuing policies of suppression against the Kashmiri people so that people of Kashmir could be given the right live with honour and dignity. »

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Islamabad, January 05 (KMS): The Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement, Abdul Majeed Mir, Democratic Political Movement Vice Chairman, Advocate Pervez Ahmad Shah and Peoples League Vice Chairman, Syed Aijaz Rehmani, have asked the United Nations to implement its resolutions on Kashmir.

Abdul Majeed Mir in a statement issued in Islamabad said that India had failed to implement the UN resolutions on Kashmir despite passage of over seven decades. In connection with the UN Security Council’s 5th January 1949 resolution, which supported the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination, he appealed to the UN to settle the lingering Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. »

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Jammu, January 05 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police registered a case against 10 youth under black law, Unlawful Activities [Prevention] Act, at Dachan police station in Kishtwar district and arrested two of them during raids on their houses.

The police booked the youth on the fake charge of being Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of a mujahid commander, Mohammad Amin alias Jehangir Saroori, who, according to the police, has been active in Kishtwar district for the past three decades. »

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Islamabad, Jan 05 (KMS): APHC-AJK chapter leader and Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM), Abdul Majeed Malik has said the Kashmiris all over world over are observing Right to Self-Determination Day to remind the United Nations to implement its resolution passed on January 5, 1949, so that the Kashmiris have the opportunity to decide their future.

Addressing a meeting of Kashmiri refugees in Gujranwala, today, he deplored that India had imposed military siege in occupied Kashmir on August 05 last »

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Srinagar, January 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, uneasy calm and uncertainty continue to prevail in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions as military lockdown imposed by India continued on 151st consecutive day, today.

Restrictions under Section 144 still remain enforced amid heavy deployment of Indian troops and police personnel since 5th August, last year. Calls on prepaid mobile phones and internet services continue to remain shut for the residents of the Kashmir Valley. »

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