Open letter to the UN Human Rights Council, September 17, 2019

UN Member-States must lead on a human rights Kashmir resolution at the 42ndHuman Rights Council  September 17, 2019 Member States, United Nations Human Rights Council, As the siege of Kashmir enters its 44th. Day, we the scholars of Kashmir urge the members of the United Nations Human Rights council to address this escalating human rights …

Kashmir Crisis update: Day 39, September 12, 2019

Kashmir Crisis Kashmir’s unrelenting siege continues on the 39th day. There is no semblance of normalcy in Kashmir. Businesses remain shut, offices sparsely attended, public transport still not plying on the streets, schools, colleges and universities, still closed.  This week a sixteen year old Kashmiri died after being admitted to a hospital for tear gas …

Kashmir siege completes a month, September 4, 2019

Kashmir completes one month of siege. The situation on the ground remains unchanged. The communications blockade continues even though the Government claims that it has restored a few land line exchanges in some areas. People remain cut off from each other in the Valley, and from others outside the Valley. Hospitals and other essential services …

Day 25 of the Indian military siege of Kashmir: August 29, 2019

While some limited movement is allowed, the communications blockade remains in effect. The consequences of shutting down phone and internet services are now manifest as a massive health crisis. Patient mortality is increasing rapidly in hospitals. In one case, a miscarriage occurred because a senior gynecologist could not be summoned in time to the ward …

Day 18 of the Indian military siege: 22 August 2019

The news and communications blockade continues. Some land lines work intermittently and allow brief conversations of less than a minute with family and friends. Hospitals are running out of basic medicines and doctors are prevented from going to work. The total number of Indian troops in Kashmir is now one million. The UN Office of …