Geneva, October 16 (KMS): A number of UN Working Groups and Special Rapporteurs have urged India to take all necessary measures to guarantee the Kashmiris’ right to liberty and fair proceedings before an independent and impartial tribunal in accordance with Articles 9 and 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The demand was made in a joint communication by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, the Special Rapporteurs on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and right to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. »

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New Delhi, October 14 (KMS):  Two recently released reports on the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir say that the Kashmiris are resisting the Indian occupation through satyagraha or non-violent civil disobedience with an ultimate goal of Azadi (freedom) from India.

 According to Kashmir Media Service, one of the two reports authored by Indian Supreme Court’s lawyer, Advocate Nitya Ramakrishnan and a Professor of sociology at the Delhi School of Economic, Nandini Sundar, categorically mentions that ‘Not a single person in the Kashmir Valley is happy with the Modi government’s decision to scrap Kashmir’s special status.’

Advocate Nitya and Professor Nandini prepared the report after their visit to occupied Kashmir from October 5 to 9.

The report said that the Kashmiris are resisting New Delhi “through satyagraha or non-violent civil disobedience” and added that since the entire leadership is in jail, “this satyagraha is being carried out by the people themselves.” “There is some societal coercion, but by and large, this is entirely voluntary. This is not happening on the direction of militants, contrary to the advertisements now being run by government.” »

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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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Washington, October 04 (KMS): A nuclear war between India and Pakistan could, in less than a week, kill 50-125 million people, more than the death toll during all six years of World War II, and lead to global climate catastrophe, according to researchers in the US.

A study by researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and Rutgers University examined how such a hypothetical future conflict would have consequences that could ripple across the globe.

Today, India and Pakistan each have about 150 nuclear warheads at their disposal, and that number is expected to climb to more than 200 by 2025, the researchers said amid recent tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours over the Kashmir dispute after India revoked special status of occupied Kashmir. »

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Srinagar, September 21 (KMS): As the world is observing International Day of Peace, today, the unresolved Kashmir dispute continues to pose a serious threat to regional as well as global peace.

A report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of International Day of Peace, today, said the Kashmir dispute, which is bone of contention between Pakistan and India, could lead to a nuclear war between the two countries. The report said that the Kashmir dispute remained unresolved despite the fact that the UN Security Council had passed a number of resolutions for its settlement several decades ago. »

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Geneva, September 13 (KMS): London-based Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights (JKCHR) has released 3rd document under agenda items 9 at the ongoing 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The JKCHR, a non-governmental organization with a special consultative status, in a statement issued in Geneva said that the third document was submitted under agenda item 9 at the UN Human Rights Council was titled “Jammu and Kashmir – new developments reflect a gradual tearing into their roots and culture”.

The three JKCHR documents submitted under agenda item 3, 4 and 9 are UNGA documents 137 138 and 140. »

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Srinagar, September 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) has estimated the business losses at whopping Rs 3900 crores in the last 39 days of lockdown.

The KCCI President, Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad, in a media interview in Srinagar said, on an average Kashmir loses at least Rs 100-120 crores daily due to the lockdown. He said, tourism industry, which is worth Rs 4000-5000 crores and handicrafts that yields Rs 1500-2000 crores annually, are the worst hit. He said, it is not just this year but the aftershocks of this situation will be felt in coming years as well. »

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London, September 05 (KMS): London-based Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights (JKCHR) has released 2nd document submitted under agenda items 4 to the UN Secretary General for circulation at the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council starting in Geneva from 9 to 27 September 2019.

The JKCHR, a non-governmental organization with a special consultative status, in a statement issued in London said that the document submitted under agenda item 4 is titled “Jammu and Kashmir – Withdrawal of all troops and sending United Nations Force”. »

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Srinagar, August 30 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their unabated state terrorism subjected thousands of Kashmiris to custodial disappearance during the last twenty-nine years and the families of the victims have no information about their whereabouts.

According to the data released by the Research Section of the Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of the International Day of Disappeared, today, over 8,000 Kashmiris have vanished in the custody after they were picked up by the Indian troops, police and paramilitary forces.

The report maintained that thousands of unnamed graves had been discovered in the territory and the human rights activists feared that these graves could be of the disappeared Kashmiris. »

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Says Kashmir neither India’s internal, nor bilateral matter

Washington, 26 August (KMS): A United States think-tank has warned the international community that the specter of nuclear war haunts tensions between India and Pakistan, and the disputed territory of Kashmir could provide the spark that lights South Asia’s nuclear fuse.

The think tank, Stratfor, a geopolitical intelligence platform based in Austin, Texas in a report published on Saturday, also disputes the classification of the Kashmir issue as India’s ‘internal affair’ or a ‘bilateral’ issue between India and Pakistan. “It isn’t. A potential nuclear conflagration cannot be anything other than a matter of international peace and security,” the report warns.

According to the report, the possibility of the conflict going nuclear has increased on August 16 when Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh seemed to abandon India’s “no first use” doctrine. »

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