KASHMIR/INDIA: Call to immediately lift the curfew and restore the food supplies

KASHMIR/INDIA: Call to immediately lift the curfew and restore the food supplies

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IHRC Hong Kong started this petition to Michelle Bachelet (High Commissioner for human rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),)

The International Human Rights Council (IHRC) calls upon the UN High Commissioner for human rights, UN agencies and other international human rights organization to urge the Indian Government to immediately lift the curfew from Kashmir. The IHRC also urges the Indian Government to reverse its decision of revocation of Article 370 of the Indian constitution. The international community must ensure that the human rights of Kashmiris are guaranteed and that India be made answerable to the genocide of innocent Kashmiris. The UN and other human rights must stand in solidarity with the Kashmiris in their demand for self determination and dignity.

The Indian new regime has unleashed a regime of terror on hapless Kashmiris who have been suffering at the hands of two nuclear states for three generations now. Violence in Kashmir has resulted in at least 40,000 dead since a separatist insurgency against Indian rule ignited in 1989.The region is the only muslim dominant state in India it is also the most militarized region in the world.  The Kashmir dispute is the oldest unresolved international conflict in the world today dating back to 70 years when Pakistan and India emerged as two states.

Kashmiris not unlike their brethren in Palestine are denied their right to determine their own destiny they are being terrorized and forced into submission to a regime that denies them the liberties and freedom as human beings. The powerful and resourceful usurpers are trying to gain international sympathies by terming the freedom strugglers as terrorists.

Thousands of men, women and children have been killed or wounded in the conflict; Prime Minister Modi’s government is particularly notorious for its bias and prejudice against Muslims of the country. The latest development of revoking Article 370 of the constitution thereby stripping Kashmir of its special autonomous status is being condemned within and outside India. 

Expecting widespread protest against the move Indian government deployed thousands of new troops to the region. More than 100 people, included political leaders and activists, have been arrested as part of the lockdown for being a threat to the peace

Moreover on Aug. 4, officials in Kashmir cut off internet access and placed several prominent leaders under house arrest including two former chief ministers of Indian-administered Kashmir, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. The unprecedented move has caused shortage of food and medicines in the region causing furor amongst international human rights organization.

India announced a strict curfew and communications blackout throughout Kashmir, with the movement of goods and people in and out of the region also strictly controlled. Keeping Kashmiris incommunicado is meant to hide the Indian atrocities and keep the world community in dark.

Complete media blackout – which includes mobile networks, internet and landlines – is allowing the Indian authorities to act with impunity by detaining those in opposition to the removal of Article 370.

 

There have been increasing reports of police and paramilitary forces using force and pellets guns against protestors. Shotgun pellets have been used as a crowd control method in Kashmir- the only region in India where these are being used- maiming hundred of Kashmiris. The systemic use of Torture and extrajudicial killing by the forces as a counter insurgency tool is no secret either.  The Local rights advocates fear a growing humanitarian crisis fed by years of conflict and unchecked human rights abuses. They also warn that Mounting rights abuses and political disengagement could push more young people towards militancy in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The ongoing curfew has turned the picturesque and pristine region into a ghetto and people’s freedom of movement being severely restricted. The humanitarian crisis that has been brewing in the region has not deterred Indian government from relaxing the curfew nor is there any sighn on it ending any time soon.

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