Washington, September 28 (KMS): Indian-American lawmaker Pramila Jayapal along with 13 other Members of US Congress has urged the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to address concerns over the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir and lift the communications blackout in the territory.

A statement addressed to the Indian Prime Minister was issued jointly by the US lawmakers, Gilbert R Cisneros, Jr Judy Chu, Pramila Jayapal, Carolyn Maloney, Gerald Connolly, Ilhan Omar, Barbara Lee, Al Green, Zoe Lofgren, Andy Levin, Mike Levin, James P. McGovern, Jan Schakowsky and Katie Porter.

“On behalf of thousands of families across the country, who have been unable to contact family in Kashmir, we are urging the Indian Prime Minister to lift the communications blackout and address the ongoing humanitarian concerns,” the lawmakers said in the joint statement. »

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Dhaka, September 28 (KMS): People marched in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, against Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir and demanded of the Indian government to end continued curfew in the territory.

The members of a group Kashmir Solidarity Council Bangladesh (KSCB) gathered in Maghbazar, neighborhood of the city, and took out a procession.

Demanding restoration of the special status of occupied Kashmir, they urged the Indian government to stop persecution of the Muslims in the territory.

“Without holding a referendum as recommended by the United Nations, peace cannot be established in Kashmir,” Mufti Habibur Rahman, KSCB central leader, said in his address to the rally. »

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Brussels, September 27 (KMS): The European Parliament has issued a fresh document highlighting the latest situation in occupied Kashmir.

The document said that since 5th August, thousands of political workers and leaders were arrested in the occupied valley. The document, which was issued by the European Parliament’s Research Service, while quoting local and international media mentioned the hardships caused by the crackdown committed by Indian troops, a communication blackout, preventing families from joining relatives elsewhere and shortage of medicines and difficulty in accessing healthcare in the occupied territory. The document while talking of the Indian decision to abrogate Kashmir’s special status reported that the move had prompted fears that the way is being paved to alter demographic composition of the territory. It also warned that there were risks of a humanitarian crisis and also the prospect of further radicalization of young Kashmiris. The Chairman of Kashmir Council Europe, Ali Raza Syed, in a statement in Brussels praised the European Parliament for issuing the fresh document on the latest situation in occupied Kashmir. However, he appealed to the international community including United Nations and European Union to put pressure on India to immediately end the curfew and restore basic rights of the people of the territory. »

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Srinagar, September 27 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, 46,000 people have lost their job in different sectors ranging from Information Technology (IT) to tourism department.

Kashmir has witnessed 46,000 job cuts since August 5 when the Indian government repealed special status of the territory and imposed communication blackout.

Just 54 days ago, the office of Lelafe, a renowned IT company at Industrial Estate Rangreth, Srinagar, was bustling with activities with more than 100 employees struggling to attend to the calls of their ever-increasing clients. Sensing that more educational institutes and insurance companies require software solutions, the company had gone into an overdrive to lure more customers and increase its market share through various platforms. Come August 5, Lelafe had to shut their operations as the authorities abruptly snapped internet services across the valley. »

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New Delhi, September 21 (KMS): The Indian Supreme Court has asked the Juvenile Justice Committee of the High Court of occupied Kashmir to submit a report on children’s detention after the repeal of special status of the occupied territory last month.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, agreed to entertain the petition as it raised substantial issues regarding rights of minors.

The Solicitor General of India, Tushar Mehta, said one such case of detention mentioned in the petition had already been referred to the Juvenile Justice Committee after he was found to be a minor. »

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Srinagar, September 21 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, at least 253 habeas corpus petitions were filed in the High Court of the territory from August 5 to September 19 and 37 of these were filed on a single day (August 27).

Habeas corpus is recourse in law through which a person can report an unlawful detention to a court and request that the court orders the custodian of the person, usually a prison official, to bring the detainee to the court, to determine whether the detention is lawful. »

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Islamabad, Sept 20 (KMS): The president of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan said that Turkey understands the Kashmir dispute and praised the people and government of Turkey for raising their voice against the continued human rights abuse of Kashmiris on the Indian side.
Talking to a group of Turkish journalists in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, Sardar Masood Khan appealed to Turkey to “raise this [Kashmir] issue and highlight its humanitarian dimension”.
“I learned about humanitarian diplomacy during my last visit to Turkey and how this was succeeding be it in the Philippines or Horn of Africa,” Khan told the visiting delegation.
He went on to say that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had raised the issue of Kashmir with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a 2017 visit to New Delhi. »

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Islamabad, Sept 20 (KMS): Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that Pakistani diaspora in Germany would organise an enormous rally on 28th September to expose the real face of Indian democracy and express solidarity with besieged Kashmiris of Occupied Kashmir.
Talking to APP, she said that Indian occupation forces have usurped fundamental human rights and religious freedoms of Kashmiri people by imprisoning them in their own homes since 5th August.

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Colombo, Sept 20 (KMS): Speaker of Sri Lankan Parliament Karu Jayasuriya has expressed serious concern over the human rights violations by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.
He was talking to Deputy Chairman Senate, Saleem Mandviwalla during a meeting in Colombo.
Karu Jayasuriya emphasized the need to resolve the issue through dialogues and parliamentary diplomacy.
They also discussed human rights issues in the Indian occupied Kashmir and Sri Lankan cricket team’s tour to Pakistan.
Saleem Mandviwalla appreciated the strong relations between the parliaments of Pakistan and Sri-Lanka.

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Strasbourg (France), September 18 (KMS): Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have strongly condemned the Indian government for continuously obduracy denying the Kashmiris their inalienable right to self-determination as guaranteed by the United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Speaking in a special debate of the plenary of the European Parliament held at Strasbourg, France, on the Kashmir dispute after 12 years on Tuesday, the MEPs demanded immediate lifting of lockdown, restoration of normalcy, fundamental rights, communication blackout, freedom of movement and release of political prisoners in occupied Kashmir, Geo news reported.

Council of the European Union’s, Tytti Tuppurainen who read out a statement on behalf of the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on the situation in Kashmir, said India’s steps since August 5 continued to violate the fundamental human rights in the occupied territory. She said since then the situation had not returned to normalcy as reports were pouring out about the arrests of political leaders and students. »

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