An open letter to the UNHCHR on arbitrary detentions in Indian administered Kashmir

Kashmir Scholars sent a report and analysis of the current state of arbitrary detentions in the context of the grave human rights and humanitarian crisis following the revocation of key articles of the Indian constitution providing partial autonomy to Kashmir.

In light of the prevailing judicial crisis, and the intensification of arbitrary detentions in
Kashmir, the scholars urge UNHCHR to
• Closely monitor the issue of arbitrary detentions in the broader context of human rights
and humanitarian crisis in Kashmir.
• Raise the issue of arbitrary detentions as well as the broader context of human rights
and humanitarian crisis in Kashmir in your statements under Agenda Items 2, 4, 5, and 8
at the 43rd, 44th, and 45th HRC sessions.
• Pressure India to:
release detainees; and
allow detained Kashmiris access to due habeas corpus processes.
• Initiate or support a joint statement or resolution calling on the OHCHR to report
annually on the human rights situation in Kashmir, including a call for unconditional
access to both Indian-administered Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir for the
purpose of a fact-finding mission.