London, October 19 (KMS), London-based world human rights watchdog, Amnesty International has said that it documented a clear pattern of the Indian authorities arbitrarily detaining activists, politicians and even children if they are thought to hold dissenting opinions, as the crackdown in occupied Kashmir continues.

After conducting interviews in occupied Kashmir in the last six weeks, Amnesty International India is demanding the immediate release of all detainees held without charge or trial, and a complete lifting of the communications blockade in the territory, said a press release issued by the rights body on its website.

The statement said that the Amnesty also recorded a pattern of the authorities using excessive force and intimidation. “Almost every detained person interviewed by Amnesty described being beaten and threatened, with several of these cases amounting to torture or other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. In some instances, people reported forces ransacking their homes, intentionally damaging property and threatening families,” it said. »

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London, October 18 (KMS): Member of UK Parliament and Shadow Minister for Digital, Liam Byrne, has urged the British government to take note of the atrocities being perpetrated by India against the people of occupied Kashmir.

Liam Byrne, taking part in a debate in the UK parliament, said that recently the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan had said that Simla agreement was dead and the Kashmir dispute was no longer a bilateral issue. »

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New Delhi, October 17 (KMS): Chennai-based fortnightly English language magazine, Frontline, says that Indian forces are using torture as a tool to stifle dissent in Kashmir.

Citing local people, the magazine said that some tales of torture that have been reported in the foreign media could be the tip of the iceberg. »

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Life in occupied Kashmir remained paralysed on 72nd day

Srinagar, October 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops arrested several women after subjecting them to brute force during an anti-India demonstration in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar, today.

A large number of women including rights activists and leading academicians carrying placards gathered at the Pratap Park in Srinagar. As they started march, the police swooped in on them and arrested several women including the daughter and the sister of former puppet Chief Minister of occupied Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah, during the protest against the revocation of Kashmir’s special status. Ms Hawa Bashir, the wife of former Chief Justice of IOK High Court, Bashir Ahmed Khan, was also among the detainees. The protesters were dragged and subjected to torture by the police. This was the first anti-India protest of its kind in Lal Chowk area, the center of Srinagar, after 5th August 2019.

The police also tried to stop the protesting women from distributing a statement to the media, which said that they expressed their outrage against the Indian media for its false/misleading coverage of ground realities in the territory. Demanding restoration of civil liberties and fundamental rights of the citizens as well as immediate release of detainees and demilitarization of rural and urban areas, the women said they feel betrayed, humiliated and violated as people. »

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Srinagar, October 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, normal life continues to remain paralyzed on the 72nd straight day, today, across the territory.

Restrictions continue to remain imposed, shops closed except for few hours in the morning and evening, and schools and offices are empty and public transport is off the roads.

Heavy deployment of Indian forces and ban on pre-paid phones and internet services are causing great inconveniences to the people throughout the territory and what is adding to their agony is that the IOK administration has not given any indication of the internet being restored anytime soon.

Lack of communications has also inflicted untold miseries on the people. Not only have social interactions been severely affected but the economy has also suffered. Patients are the worst victims of the military clampdown. It has effectively cut people off not only from their immediate surroundings but also from the world. The information void in the absence of internet is often giving rise to the rumours and uncertainty. »

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New Delhi, October 09 (KMS): The global watchdog, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged India to release political prisoners, end crackdown operations and restore internet and mobile services in occupied Kashmir.

The HRW South Asia Director, Meenakshi Ganguly in a statement issued on the website of the organization said that it had been over two months since the Indian government revoked constitutional autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir and split it into two union territories, yet abusive restrictions including a lockdown on internet and mobile phone services remained in place.

HRW South Asia Director said, numerous foreign leaders have expressed concern over the government’s continued detention of Kashmiri leaders and anyone deemed likely to protest, use of torture, restrictions on movement enforced by a massive military presence, and problems in accessing public services, including emergency medical care. »

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Srinagar, October 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Employees Movement, Mohammad Shafi Lone has said that India is continuing with the policy of suppressing the Kashmiris’ rights-based struggle for freedom.

Mohammad Shafi Lone in a statement said it is India’s misconception that it can suppress the Kashmiris’ sentiment for freedom through killings and other brutal tactics. He said India is carrying out such brutal actions in the occupied territory, which may risk the global peace.

Jammu and Kashmir Employees Movement chief said Kashmir is root cause of tension between Pakistan and India, and its settlement as per the UN Charter will pave the way for peace in South Asia. »

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Srinagar, October 07(KMS): The Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region continue to reel under military lockdown and communications blackout on the 64th consecutive day, today.

This has virtually cut off the territory from the rest of the world. Main markets, educational institutions are closed and public transport is off the roads.

With deployment of Indian forces in full riot gear in every nook and corner of the territory and widespread presence of barricades and razor wires, the Kashmir valley presents the look of an open air prison. The residents are facing essential commodities due to continued blockade and fast approaching winter. »

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New Delhi, October 05 (KMS): A four-member team from Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), which visited occupied Kashmir from September 23-28, has released an alarming report about the situation in the Kashmir valley.

The WSS team travelled in different areas of Srinagar, Shopian, Kupwara and Baramulla, spoke to several women and children to understand the conditions ever since the Indian government blocked communications channels and sent more troops to the territory after repealing its special status.

“There is always a threat of violence by the Indian forces hanging over the heads of Kashmiris. The families are worried even if their sons go out to play as they are not sure their sons will return home. They are living in a constant state of fear as the personnel of the armed forces forcefully enter homes in the wee hours. Imagine what goes through the women in such situations,” highlighted Nandini Rao, an independent feminist activist and member of WSS, in the report. »

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India’s judges ignoring abuses in occupied Kashmir

Srinagar, October 04 (KMS): Noted Indian writer, Arundhaty Roy, has said that Kashmir is the most militarized place on earth where people have been fighting for right to self-determination for the last over 70 years.

Arundhaty Roy in an interview with news organization The Intercept said India’s moral position on Kashmir has never ever been a moral position and it is a kind of moral corrosion that has corroded all of us and now the world is looking at it.

London-based weekly magazine The Economist has reported that India’s judges are ignoring the govt’s abuses in occupied Kashmir. It said 7 million people of the Kashmir valley certainly feel some urgency as they have been under virtual siege since 5th of August. It maintained that the govt wielding draconian anti-terror laws has detained some 2,000 prominent Kashmiris including politicians, businessmen, activists and journalists to prevent them from protesting and that they continue to be held without charge, many at unknown places. It added that the BJP has virtually turned the valley into a vast open-air detention centre. »

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