In a climate of rising tensions in different regions around the world, the situation in Kashmir must not be neglected. Kashmir is in crisis: an international & human rights crisis. The people of Kashmir have suffered and continue to suffer.
Nearly 8 million people in Kashmir have been living under a strict curfew since August 5. The curfew and the restrictions imposed must be lifted immediately & the fundamental rights and freedoms of the people of Kashmir must be restored and respected in line with the international law obligations.
On 5 August 2019, the Indian government revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir through a series of amendments in the Parliament. All these decisions were taken without consulting the political leaders or the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Many political leaders across the political spectrum were also put in administrative detention and continue to be in custody without charge or trial. The region is now the most militarized zone in the world.
Eight million people affected
The communications blackout created an information black hole in Kashmir. The government of India is restricting freedoms by shutting down their ability to communicate with each other and the rest of the world, and by imposing curfews or curfew-like situations preventing people from leaving their homes.
Reports highlighted a number of worrying human rights violations. We have seen torture, medical emergencies, mass arrests and detentions and children and young people being picked up in the middle of the night. Protesters speaking out against the latest wave of government oppression were met by security forces firing tear gas, rubber bullets and pellet guns in an attempt to suffocate all opposition.
Living under siege
Life has been derailed for the people of Jammu & Kashmir. Families have been torn apart as they live under siege in Kashmir.
This is the human cost of the government crackdown and it cannot be ignored. The decades of the political battle over Kashmir have affected its people more than anybody else, and now more so than ever before.
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