New Delhi, April 09 (KMS): A group of 37 national media unions from South Asia as well as global media advocacy and freedom of expression organisations have called for an end to the ongoing communications blockade in Indian occupied Kashmir. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN), together called for the Indian government to immediately restore all communications to the Kashmir Valley.
On April 3, the Jammu and Kashmir government once again extended its ban on 4G high-speed mobile internet services in the region through to April 15. It is the tenth time the ban has been extended since a judgement from India’s Supreme Court on January 10 ruled the indefinite communications shutdown in Jammu and Kashmir as “impermissible”. »

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Islamabad, April 08 (KMS): Pakistan has welcomed the joint statement by six human rights organisations calling on India to end the inhumane restrictions it has placed in occupied Kashmir since revoking the autonomy of the region last August.
According to the Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui, the statement calls on India to immediately release all arbitrarily detained prisoners and restore full high-speed internet access in the region.
“The joint statement rightly underlines that measures to combat coronavirus must respect human rights of every individual,” said the FO spokesperson. »

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Indian troops launch CASOs in Pulwama and Kupwara

Srinagar, April 07 (KMS): The United Nations and six other global rights bodies have expressed serious concern about the plight of the Kashmiri detainees languishing in different jails of the territory and India.

UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres’ Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric told reporters in Washington that the UN Secretary General believes that any political solution must take into consideration the issue of human rights. He said that already on March 25, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet also called on the international community to protect prisoners from the pandemic by releasing vulnerable ones.
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Geneva, April 07 (KMS): Six global human rights organizations have demanded of India to release all unjustly detained Kashmiri prisoners as a matter of priority in view of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak across the world and in India.

The demand was made by the rights bodies, which include Amnesty International, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), World Alliance for Citizen Participation, International Commissions of Jurists (ICJ), International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT). In a joint statement issued in Geneva, the global rights bodies said, “The fate of hundreds of arbitrarily detained Kashmiri prisoners hangs in the balance as the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in India passes the 4,000 mark and many more are likely to remain undetected or unreported.”

“Under international law, India has an obligation to ensure the physical and mental health and wellbeing of inmates. However, with an occupancy rate of over 117%, precarious hygienic conditions and inadequate health services, the overcrowded Indian prisons constitute the perfect environment for the spread of coronavirus,” the statement said. »

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Srinagar, March 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has urged the authorities to immediately release all the Kashmiri detainees including its ailing president Mian Abdul Qayoom lodged in and outside the territory in the wake of the coronovirus outbreak.

The High Court Bar Association (HCBA) raised the demand during a meeting of its executive members held in Srinagar today through teleconferencing. The meeting reminded the authorities of the directions issued by the Indian Supreme Court, directing the authorities of all Indian states and occupied Kashmir to set up high-powered committees to consider the release of prisoners who have been convicted or are under trial for offences for which prescribed punishment is up to seven years or less in order to decongest prisons in view of COVID-19 pandemic. »

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Release of all illegally detained Kashmiris demanded

Srinagar, March 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations while expressing serious concern about the well-being of illegally detained ailing Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, have said that the Indian government will be responsible if anything untoward happened to the incarcerated leader.

Muhammad Yasin Malik, who despite suffering from various ailments is lodged in New Delhi’s infamous Tihar Jail, has announced to go on hunger strike till death from 1st April 2020 against India’s authoritarian attitude. An Indian court recently charge-sheeted Yasin Malik and other Hurriyat leaders in a 30-year-old fake case registered against them.

Besides the APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, Hurriyat leaders and organizations including Bilal Siddiqi, Yasmeen Raja, Khawaja Firdous, Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami, Jammu and Kashmir Ummat-e-Islami, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League and Tehreek-e-Istaqlal in their separate statements issued in Srinagar said that the Indian government was using its judiciary as a tool to silence the Kashmiri resistance leaders and activists. They appealed to the UN and international human rights organisations to take notices of the illegal detention of Yasin Malik and other Kashmiri resistance leaders. »

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Srinagar, March 19 (KMS): Press freedom in Indian occupied Kashmir is “under a serious threat from security forces”, the International Press Institute (IPI) has said in a report.
Raising concerns about the conditions of journalists in the disputed Muslim-majority region, the global media watchdog urged India’s Hindu nationalist government to end restrictions and harassment of journalists placed following revocation of the region’s special status last August.
“Journalism in occupied Kashmir is under a dramatic state of repression,” Ravi R Prasad, director of advocacy at the Vienna-based IPI, said in a statement.
“The state is using a mix of harassment, intimidation, surveillance and online information control to silence critical voices and force journalists to resort to self-censorship.” »

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Srinagar, February 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Political Movement, Khawaja Firdous, has said that India will never succeed in suppressing the Kashmiris’ liberation struggle through military might.

Khawaja Firdous addressing a public gathering at Pandach in Srinagar said that the Kashmiris, by rendering unprecedented sacrifices, had proved that they would never accept Indian supremacy and despite all the difficulties would continue their struggle for securing their birthright to self-determination. »

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New Delhi, February 18 (KMS): In another anti-Kashmir move after the revocation of its special status enshrined in the Indian constitution under Article 370, New Delhi is going to play with the Muslim majority character of occupied Jammu and Kashmir in the name of delimitation of Assembly constituencies.

At the behest of India’s Department of Legislative Affairs of the Ministry of Law and Justice, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora named Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra as his nominee to the proposed Delimitation Commission for occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

An official of the Commission said the EC was ready to provide secretarial assistance to the Commission once appointed, as it is required to do. The EC had held a meeting in August 2019 to discuss the delimitation process and enrolled two officials who had worked on previous delimitation exercises. »

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Washington, February 13 (KMS): Ahead of US President, Donald Trump’s India visit later this month, four top US senators have expressed concern about the continued internet curbs in occupied Kashmir and detention of political leaders.

The concern has been expressed by the senators, Chris Van Hollen, Todd Young, Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham, in their letter to the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. In their letter, the senators also expressed concern over the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that triggered protests across India.

The letter by the senators, two Democrats and two Republicans, says that the Indian government “continues to block most Internet in the region… India has now imposed the longest ever internet shutdown by a democracy, disrupting access to medical care, business and education for 7 million people”. »

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