Kashmir crisis updates

Kashmir crisis update: Day 106 of Kashmir Siege, November 18, 2019

Passing the hundred day mark of loss of autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the lockdown of Kashmir Valley enters its 106th day. Kashmir is still without all internet services, SMS text and prepaid phone service. Heads of various government offices have received notice to submit an undertaking to the police for use of internet services. Schools, colleges and universities remain nonfunctional. Students are required to appear in Board examinations in spite of no instruction for three and a half months. Public transport still remains largely suspended and businesses remain mostly closed. Life came to stand still in Kashmir due to an early heavy snowfall leaving the populace without electricity for several days in severe cold temperatures.

 In this time religious freedom has been severely curtailed with no prayers at the main grand mosque of Srinagar, Jamia Masjid,  no prayers and gatherings at key religious festivals at Naqshband sahib, Hazratbal, and Chrar Sharief.

Along with the apple industry, this year’s saffron crop has also suffered a setback. Even cows that are a means of livelihood for families have not been spared the wrath of this ongoing conflict.

As per government’s admission, 6500 individuals were arrested after August 5, of whom 1200 remain in detention.

Hospital conditions are deteriorating and patient care has suffered a huge set back because of lack of access to the internet. Reports of increase in various forms of mental illness has been reported. communication blackout and being disconnected from family and friends has worsened the alienation of ordinary citizens, especially women and children.

Through the Jammu and Kashmir reorganization Act, the government of India has repealed 153 State Acts, including some that were far stronger than the Central Acts. Among the 153 are Acts through which the Human Rights Commission, Commission for Persons with Disability, Information Commission, Consumer Commission, Women and Child Rights Commission, Accountability Commission and Electricity Regulatory Commission were constituted. It is reported that close to 4000 cases were pending in these statutory bodies when the J&K Reorganizations Act was passed, putting the appellants’ quest for justice on hold. During the reorganization, there has been complete disregard for the issues of common people whose cases are pending under these various Commissions.

The Supreme Court of India has deferred all hearings on the challenge to the Abrogation of Article 370 until December, 10.

Reports of illegal detentions under the Public Safety Act, a lawless law under which a person can be detained for up to two years without bail, continue. Families of minors who have been detained allege that authorities pick up their children and even ask them to pay for the food to be served to their kids while in detention. Torture of minors in detention has also been reported. The government continues denying that there have been any arrests or detention of minors and has raised objections in a case filed before the Supreme Court. The government claimed that the cases were “based upon a falsehood”. Yet, the analysis of police’s own report submitted via the juvenile justice committee of the J&K high court last month provides evidence of arrest and detention of minors, verifying the claims of petitioners as well as media reports. With the justice system in a limbo, justice for victims remains elusive. Several senior advocates continue to remain under detention under the Public Safety Act. In most cases there is no available paperwork making it hard to fight for the release of detainees. Threats and extortion are used to silence the families of detainees. Given the breakdown in postal services and public transportation, petitioners have no way of knowing when the cases will be heard and when to be present at the court.

While the government of India claims all of Ladakh region is happy with the recent changes, people of Ladakh reject changes in property ownership. They are concerned about ecological and demographic changes and are demanding safeguards to protect the local population.

Journalists in Kashmir continue to work in impossible conditions and reports of abuse of journalists continue to pour in. Reporters without Boarders (RSF) released a series of videos documenting the conditions imposed on reporters. Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk said that the stories of journalists were shocking. “Technological obstruction, surveillance, intimidation and arrests – everything is designed to ensure that only the New Delhi-promoted version of events is being heard. The Kashmir Valley’s population has been buried in a news and information black hole for the past 100 days. This situation is a disgrace to Indian democracy.”

On November 14th. , a US Congressional Hearing was held on human rights violations in Kashmir calling for an end to the lockdown and allowing the people of Kashmir to determine their political future. The Commission also stressed that India should allow foreign journalists and human rights workers to investigate the situation on the ground in Kashmir. In response, India’s external affairs minister continues to refuse foreign journalists access suggesting “their presence could incentivize some Kashmiris to show there is agitation in the Valley.”

Academics are beginning to speak out on behalf of their Kashmiri colleagues impacted by the lockdown. On Nov. 12, the ten thousand member strong American Anthropology Association called on the Indian government to remove the communication ban and to “restore free exchange of scholarship and ideas vital to a functioning democracy.”

On October 30th, an eleven member team comprising advocates, trade union and human rights activists, and a psychiatrist, published a report based on their fact finding visit to Kashmir. The key conclusions and recommendations of the report include the following:

  1. Recognise that a dispute exists between peoples of Jammu and Kashmir and the Indian government.
  2. Repeal the Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act 1978 and the Armed Forces (Jammu &
    Kashmir) Special Powers Act 1990.
  3. Withdraw all army and para-military forces from civilian areas of Jammu and Kashmir.
  4. Open a transparent unconditional dialogue with the peoples of Jammu and Kashmir and their representatives so as to address peoples’ aspirations to determine and define their own destinies through democratic means and to find a political solution that respects the democratic will of the people in accordance with human rights and international law.

In the media

India’s continuing arrogance in Kashmir

Inside Kashmir: A mental health crisis

Kashmir’s potential language war in India

An Inside look at Kashmir: Stories of violence and terror

Government imposes conditions on internet access for businesses

Mystic verses: A film about a Kashmiri orphan

Seven important Commissions in Kashmir dissolved

Mothers of the detained kids speak out

India’s External Affairs Minister refuses letting foreign journalists into Kashmir

Tom Lantos US Congressional hearing on HR in Kashmir calls an end to the lockdown

Imprisoned resistance: A fact finding report on Kashmir

Robots to be deployed to help Indian army in Kashmir

Kashmiris prevented from attending prayers at Naqshband sahib shrine

A network of 256 fake websites in 65 countries used by India to sway lawmakers in Europe in favor of Indian interests in Kashmir

Indian Supreme Court defers hearings on Article 370 to December 10, 2019

Arundhati Roy condemns Indian crackdown in Kashmir

Reporters without Borders breaks the silence forced upon journalists in Kashmir

Kashmir’s $1000 a pound saffron crop suffers

Police making detained minors to pay for their food

Kashmir: The key to grand bargain

American Anthropology Association denounces the siege of Kashmir

100 Days of Lockdown

100 Days of Kashmir’s autonomy loss

Glimpses of hundred days of lockdown in pictures

No heat for hospitals

Aleph se Azadi

Heavy snowfall, no power adds to the woes of Kashmiris under lockdown

First time in history no Hazratbal Eid Mild un Nabi celebration

Impact of the conflict on animals

Kashmir’s new administration falters in the first snow fall

Internet shut down affects an important initiative to help seriously ill patients

A wedding under curfew by Malik Sajjad

Ladakhis wary of outsiders

Fate of journalists in Kashmir under lock down

Kashmir Detentions: When the state itself breaks the law

JK Police denied media reports of illegal arrests of minors, its own list id proof to contrary

A 14 year old’s story under detention

Abuse of minors in detention

Kashmiri women struggle under lockdown

Kashmiri students thrashed in Ludhiana

Normalcy in Kashmir seems far away

In Shopian a family alleges illegal detention of minors

In kashmir the justice system is in a limbo

Free journalism made impossible in Kashmir

Ministry of Home Affairs to continue to have final say on AFSPA

Fact finding report suggest army uses loudspeakers to relay torture

Accessing the courts impossible in Kashmir

Eight eight days and counting: October 30, 2019

October 30, marks eighty five days of the siege and communications clampdown in Kashmir. In another day, the state of Jammu and Kashmir will be officially bifurcated and turned into a Union territory of India.

In the Valley, public transportation remains suspended, internet blocked, schools, colleges and universities nonfunctional, and only postpaid mobile phones and some land lines are working.  Accounts of detentions in faraway lands, torture and harassment as well as forced labour continue to pour in. There is reported increase in mental health illness as a result of the curfew, confirming reports of the fact finding missions to date.

Freedom of press and freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, as well as freedom of religion still remain curbed.

 On Oct. 25, Asif Sultan, an imprisoned Kashmiri journalist was honoured in absentia with the International Press freedom award. The Committee to Protect Journalists says India uses opaque legal process to suppress Kashmiri Journalism and commentary on twitter.

Several institutions including the J&K Human Rights commission, State Information commission (which implements the right-to-information laws), Commission for Protection of Women and Child Rights, and Commission for Persons with Disabilities, are some of the key institutions being shut down as of October, 31.

The Jammu and Kashmir Chamber of Commerce estimates losses to the tune of over 1.6 billion US dollars. The economy has suffered tremendously especially because of lack of internet connectivity, making basic transactions an impossibility. Given the economic downturn, even those in Jammu who favoured the abrogation of Article 370, especially transporters and other business people, are regretful of their initial euphoria, and report being silenced by the government. Minorities in Jammu region, especially students from Muslim minority communities are feeling unsafe and targeted by supporters of the ruling BJP.

The Association of the Parents of the Disappeared People published an important report on blinding by metal shot guns used on protesters and ordinary people.

 For the first time we also have a report from the tireless human rights activist, lawyer, and convener of Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, Mr. Parvaiz Imroz. He reports that the level of fear and suffocation by the army is unprecedented. All the government institutions have been paralyzed, including the courts. Imroz also states that the Judiciary is not following its own laws, especially in habeas corpus petitions, making the judicial institutions irrelevant. Besides the formally recorded detentions, Mr. Imroz estimates indiscriminate detention of between 20,000 to 30,000 youth.

The army seizes identity cards of ordinary citizens, and families of detainees, as ransom. To recover their identity cards, they are required to appear at army camps where they risk detention, torture, extortion, and/or bonded labour. Informal ways of collective punishment are being used to inflict fear and to prevent any expression of protest. Most young people do not even stay in their homes for fear of being detained. Jails such as Agra central prison refuse to provide details of detainees even under the Right to Information procedures.

While all political parties opted out, BJP held Block Development elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

On October 29, in a bid to create a false sense of “normalcy” in the Valley where nothing is normal, a group of right wing European Parliament (EP) members were brought on a private tour to Kashmir. EP member, Chris Davies, called it a “PR stunt for the Modi government.” The purpose of the trip, as well as the sponsor of the trip, have been called into question by other members of EP, Indian politicians, and civil society. Kashmir Scholars wrote to the European Union members expressing their concern over this false promotional visit. Even though the students have been out of school for three months, and their syllabi incomplete, on Oct 29, the students of Grade 10 were required by the government to appear in their Board examinations, once again presenting a sense of false normalcy to the visiting EP team.

The spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a statement of concern  stating that the UN body remains, “extremely concerned that the population of Indian-Administered Kashmir continues to be deprived of a wide range of human rights” and urging “the Indian authorities to unlock the situation and fully restore the rights that are currently being denied.”  OHCHR also expressed concern over the delay in considering habeas corpus petitions pending in the Supreme Court, freedom of movement and media restrictions. They also noted that “most serious underlying issues which remain to be addressed, including impunity for past violations by Indian security forces” that were outlined in the two previous reports by the UN Human Rights Office in July 2019 and June 2018.

Six US law makers wrote to the Indian Ambassador seeking free access to Kashmir for foreign media. “We believe true transparency can only be achieved when journalists and members of Congress are allowed free access to the region. We encourage India to open Jammu and Kashmir to both domestic and foreign journalists, and other international visitors, in the interest of open media and increased communication,” the lawmakers said in the letter.

On October, 22, the first ever Congressional Hearing on Kashmir was held in the United States House Foreign Affairs Committee. Representatives of the US government testified at the hearing and also submitted written statements. Arti tikoo Singh and Mr. Ravi Batra, testified on behalf of India. Professors Nitasha Kaul and Angana Chatterji, both of whom have conducted extensive research in Kashmir and written extensively about the Kashmir conflict, were called in as experts witnesses, along with Francisco Bencosme of Amnesty International. All witness statements can be accessed here

On 27th October, vigils for Kashmir were held all around the world to mark the day when Indian army first landed in Kashmir.

Media stories

UN OHCHR statement on Kashmir

A normalcy of compulsion

Students allege government of using them as ‘cannon fodder’

Kashmir parents keep children out of school as tensions remain high

In Kashmir, the family of a boy killed on August 5 is still trying to prove he died

Anchar’s proud legacy of defiance

Kashmir at un unprecedented juncture

10,000 crore loss in business since lock down in J&K says trade body

Six US lawmakers write to the Indian ambassador

Clampdown takes a toll on Kashmir’s district reporters

Accounts of torture and harassment by Indian army in south Kashmir

Habeas corpus law: A sorry decline

Committee for Protection of Journalist report on Kashmir

Government shuts down the J&K State Human Rights Commission

Pinkwashing Kashmir

The day the story of Kashmir changed forever

My world is dark

In Kashmir villages, a climate of fear replaces open protests

India’s crackdown has silences and paralyzed entire communities

Forced labour cry at army in Kashmir

Kashmir curfew takes a toll on mental health

In Kashmir freedom from detention comes at the cost of silence

Who speaks for Kashmir?

An act of pinkwashing

Collective sobs that alarmed Kashmir troops

Each gulp is a dagger

The silence of siege in Kashmir

Kashmir reports; What rights teams have found.

Kashmir—the curious case of Indian collective conscience

With state under lockdown, J&K deforestation begins

The Valley of shadows

Canadian leaders must take a stand on Kashmir

Is there space for Kashmiri Politicians?

Agra jail refuses to provide number of J&K detainees

Before phones came back, Kashmiris could not even mourn their dead

As Kashmir’s black out continues, they wait for word of their son

The situation in Jammu

National Women’s Studies Association takes a strong stand on Kashmir

Day 70 of Kashmir under siege : October 14, 2019

The Kashmir siege completes day seventy,  life in Kashmir remains disrupted. To date, we now have five on the ground fact finding reports from members of the Indian civil society

Report 1, Report 2, Report 3, Report 4, Report 5

All reports have been uniformly disturbing, including mass detentions of elected officials, doctors, lawyers, and children as young as five; use of torture and lethal force against civilians; sexual violence and abuse by the armed forces; dwindling supplies of life-saving medical treatments and inability of patients to access hospitals; and curtailing of religious freedoms.

Kashmir’s tech industry, among other businesses has been hit severely. The lockdown continues to choke the economy of J&K with losses of more than a billion dollars in less than two months.

While most people remain disconnected with no phone or internet and students have had no access to schools for over two months, announcements of final exams to held in October and November have shocked the students who feel unprepared for exams upon which rest their future careers.

While the government claims that all is normal is Kashmir, it takes out advertisements in local newspapers asking people to resume normal lives

Although the Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police claims that there is no child under illegal detention in the state. The J&K Juvenile justice Committee has submitted its report to the Supreme Court. As per the police report, 144 juvenile, including children 9 and 11, were arrested since August 5. Detainees continue to be sent far away from home. Special rules and laws imposed on the people of Kashmir clearly demonstrate that Kashmir is not by any means part of that one nation, one constitution claim made by the government of India.

Media links

No place for Kashmir under one nation, one Constitution

Restrictions, detentions persist in Kashmir

The many emotions of Kashmir Amnesty International, India

In Kashmir a race against death with no way to call a doctor

The Valley without a curfew pass

India’s repression in Kashmir is not compatible with democracy

Poor medical access forcing locals to remove pellets at home

Women overlooked in Kashmir’s resistance against India’s iron fisted policy

Kashmir siege enters third month and normalcy remains a distant dream

Kashmir under siege a pictorial essay

Postcards to the PM: Students in solidarity with Kashmir

Communication blackout in Kashmir truly a digital siege, says former Stanford University scholars

Kashmir conflict stifles economy

Occupied Kashmir: Poetry and disappearance

Amnesty International: Kashmir blackout 65 days and counting

Jammu and Kashmir Police has violated the JJ Act in detaining children

9 year old out to buy bread beaten, locked up

The Transported; Kashmiri prisoners sent far from home

A new India is emerging, and it is a country ruled by fear

Kashmir Crisis Day 60, October 3, 2019–Two months of siege continues

On day 60 of the siege, normal life remains disrupted in the Kashmir Valley. While the Indian home Minister claims that there are no restrictions in Kashmir, the ground reality is starkly different. Main markets and business establishments sometimes open only for a couple of hours in the mornings. Schools, colleges, and universities remain closed. Indian paramilitary forces occupy educational institutions in the Valley. Public transport remains off the streets and mobile and internet services remain suspended. Land lines work only in some areas, calling the land lines from outside the Valley remains very difficult. Cut off from hospitals, residents treat serious pellet injuries in homes. For the injured youth, going to a hospital can lead to arrest. Illegal detention of children and youth in large numbers and allegations of abuse and torture continue.

On October 1st. the Supreme Court of India conducted hearings on various cases related to Jammu and Kashmir without showing any urgency in addressing them. The Court appears to be ignoring the wholesale suspension of civil rights in Kashmir.

The three types of cases in front of the court include cases about the abrogation of Article 370  and reorganization of J&K, cases challenging the restrictions imposed in J&K following the moves of August 5, and habeas corpus petitions filed challenging the detention of various people.

 The Court decided that the cases related to abrogation and reorganization will be heard on Nov. 14th, two weeks after the changes take effect. This effectively signals that the court is not interested in deciding the constitutionality of the issue of abrogation of Article 370, or the reorganization of the state. The restriction cases will be heard on Oct 16th only if the Govt. of India decides to respond to these cases by then. So far the Govt. has shown no interest or urgency in responding. And, the detention cases may be heard mid-October. The Supreme Court keeps giving the Govt. of India extended time to respond to some simple questions about why they have levelled restrictions, and the Govt. continues delaying their response. Lawyers are saying that the Indian authorities are flouting the basic legal procedures for preventive detention and are detaining people “under grounds that are vague to the point of absurdity.”

In J&K the High Court is dysfunctional, operating at half its strength, hence further impeding the process of justice as there are 250 writs of habeas Corpus before the Court.

While there are widespread reports of illegal detention of children, the Govt. continues to deny such reports in their official response.

International concern over the siege of Kashmir is mounting. In the US, a statement, addressed to Prime Minister Modi, was issued jointly by Congressmen Gilbert R Cisneros, Jr, Judy Chu, Pramila Jayapal, Carolyn Maloney, Gerald Connolly, Ilhan Omar, Barbara Lee, Al Green, Zoe Lofgren, Andy Levin, Mike Levin, James P McGovern, Jan Schakowsky, and Katie Porter. “On behalf of thousands of families across the country who have been unable to contact family in Jammu and Kashmir, we are urging Prime Minister Modi to lift the communications blackout and address the ongoing humanitarian concerns,” the lawmakers said in the joint statement.

UK opposition passed Kashmir resolution, and called for international intervention.

At the United Nations General Assembly meeting, the Prime Ministers of Pakistan, Turkey and Malaysia raised the issue of Kashmir. The Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir of the Organization of Islamic Countries issued a statement denouncing the Indian action of abrogating Article 370 in Kashmir as “inconsistent with international law, applicable UN Security Council resolutions and India’s own solemn commitments to implement UNSC resolutions.” The statement expressed grave concern over the human rights situation and stated that, “India’s actions aim to change the identity and demographic composition of the occupied Jammu and Kashmir and to transform it from a Muslim-majority state into Hindu-majority territory.”

Alice Wells, the top State Department official for South Asia commented on the Kashmir situation and said, “We hope to see rapid action — the lifting of the restrictions and the release of those who have been detained”. She also acknowledged that while PM Modi had rejected outside intervention, President Trump “was willing to mediate if asked by both parties.” On October 22, Ms. Wells is due to testify at a US Congressional subcommittee hearing on human rights situation with focus on Kashmir.

Worldwide protests have continued. The largest gathering of protesters was in New York City during the United Nations General Assembly session on September 27th.

Hundreds of US scholars issued a call for democracy, freedom, dignity, self-determination and justice in Jammu and Kashmir. Artists, filmmakers, and creative workers from around the world issued a Kashmir solidarity statement. Seven hundred and eighty one Indian scientists and academics also issued two statements urging the Modi Govt. to end Kashmir’s communication blockade.

In the media:

Deciding by not deciding: Takeaways form SC’s Kashmir hearings

The UN cannot ignore Kashmir anymore

Modi Govt. breaking detention laws in Kashmir as thousands are jailed

Depressed, frightened: Minors held in Kashmir crackdown

Press under fire in Kashmir

Kashmir: If people you know that exist, don’t exist anymore, do they still exist?

Kashmir pellet wounds not superficial

Centre to respond to pleas against Article 370 abrogation by 14 November

Kashmir women in Rainawari accuse local police of unleashing ‘reign of terror’

Young boys tortured in Kashmir clampdown as new figures show 13,000 teenagers arrested

“We feel suffocated”: Kashmiri mothers on bearing the brunt of their sons’ detentions

The night the soldiers came: Allegations of abuse surface in Kashmir

Not all Ladakh is happy with the reading down of Artciel 370: A Ladakhi perspective

Members of US Congress urge India to restore communication in Kashmir

Kashmir solidarity statement by artists filmmakers and creative workers

Gandhi’s legacy can was betrayed by Modi—but it can still be reclaimed by Kashmiri peaceful resistance

Kashmir will become India’s Vietnam war

J&K police threatening us to rent homes to forces, say downtown Srinagar residents

The Long read: Straw man arguments and the removal of Article 370

Childhood lost in a troubled paradise

UK opposition passes Kashmir resolution, calls for international intervention

OIC expresses ‘deep concern’ over Kashmir

Kashmir Crisis, Day 50, September 22, 2019

Lockdown and collective punishment of the Kashmiri people continues. There has been no change on the ground. Freedom of expression, movement, and gathering, remains suspended. Shortages of medicine and other essential supplies remains. Hospitals continue to be inaccessible for those dependent on public transportation and other essential services such as ambulances and fire services are out of reach because of the communications blockade. All schools, colleges and universities remain shut.  Thousands of detainees remain in prisons, most far away from Kashmir. And new reports of torture have emerged. A teenager has reportedly committed suicide after he was allegedly beaten by the Indian army.

The communication blockade, directly in violation of Article 19 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, continues. The blackout has caused enormous suffering for all sections of the Kashmir society, especially for those Kashmiris who live away from Kashmir, and are unable to be in touch with their loved ones. The United Nations has described the communications black out as “a form of collective punishment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, without even a pretext of a precipitating offence.”

Over five hundred Indian scientists and academics issued a statement expressing concern over the communication black out, as well as the human rights situation on the ground.

Over fifty US lawmakers have raised concerns over human rights violations in Kashmir. Bernie SandersBeto O’ RourkeRep. Ilhan OmarRep. Andy LevinRep. Ted Lieu, Rep. Rashid Tlaib. Sherrod Brown and Rep Don Beyer, Rep. Jans Chakowsky all issued statements expressing concern about the situation in Kashmir.  Member of European Parliament, Theresa Griffin, The French Green Party, head of Turkish parliament’s Human Rights Commission, among others,  also expressed concern over the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Kashmir.

Nobel Laureate Malala Yusufzai urged the UN to help Kashmiri children return to schools. Other Nobel Laureates, Mairead Maguire, Tawakol Karman, and Shirin Ebadi in their letter to the Gates Foundation with regard to conferring an award to Prime Minister Modi, expressed grave concern over the siege in Kashmir. They highlighted the communication blackout and other human rights abuses which especially deprive children and youth from education.

Lawyers around India are filing litigation in various courts, including the Supreme Court of India, challenging the suspension of Article 370, as well as the communication blockade. The response of the court has not been encouraging. No orders/remarks have been passed by the courts against the actions of the Government of India. The Supreme Court has essentially accepted the submission of the attorney General of India that the communication ban is required for security reasons, citing “national interest.” Senior counsels have been asking the court for the law/orders under which the communication ban has been issued. Instead of directing the Government’s counsel to provide information, the Supreme Court has been hesitant in pushing the Government on providing explanations.

In Kashmir the legal system has come to halt. At a time when lawyers are needed most, they have been in short supply. Since the detention of prominent lawyers of Kashmir, most of the 1050 member Kashmir Bar Association members have been on strike.  The president of the Bar Association of Kashmir, Mian Abdul Qayoom, has been jailed since August 5th as is the former president of the High Court Bar, Nazir Ahmad Ronga. Since then, Fayad Sodagar, President of Anantnag District Bar Association and Abdul Salam Rather of the Baramulla District Bar Association have been detained under the Public Safety Act. In Shopian District Court Advocate Zubair Ahmed Bhat, and his father Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, a senior advocate have also been detained. The detention of lawyers is seen as a means of intimidating the members of the Bar Association. Many lawyers are reluctant to file habeas corpus petitions for fear of reprisal.  Since August 5, 250 habeas corpus petitions have been filed in the Kashmir Valley by individuals challenging their detention by the government under the draconian Public Safety Act.

All media activity, including the publication of newspapers remains curtailed. New restrictions were placed on journalists preventing them from accessing communication facilities and reporting freely and independently. In spite of proper documentation and curfew passes, movement of journalists is restricted by security forces. Many local journalists are routinely harassed at security check points and their vehicles seized by security forces. Anuradha Bhasin, editor of the Kashmir times, who had earlier filed a law suit in the Supreme Court of India against curbs on press freedom in Jammu and Kashmir, has filed an additional affidavit regarding the continued blockade of communication.

Reports of Human rights violations against children are reportedly continuing. A petition was filed in the Supreme Court against the illegal detention of children in Jammu and Kashmir.

 Kashmir Scholars network issued an open letter to the United Nations Human Rights Council member states seeking urgent debate on the human rights crisis in Kashmir and to work towards the resolution of the Kashmir issue.

Prime Minister Modi faces a federal lawsuit in Houston Texas for alleged human rights abuses in Kashmir.  

News stories

Modi’s war: Dispatches from a seething Kashmir

Understanding the Kashmir conundrum: A historical outline

Nothing is normal in Kashmir except the normalization of conflict

On Kashmir, the Supreme Court of India has disappointed so far

Kashmiris detained more than 700 kms away from home

A woman jailed for throwing apples

Screams in the night in Indian Kashmir

Kashmir: Where boys are “being rowed through paradise on a river of hell”

Kashmir boy commits suicide after being beaten by the Indian army

Continued communications blockade heightens sufferings of Kashmiri students outside state

Kashmir: They call it peace

A poet on art and survival in Kashmir post Article 370

“They want to erase us:” Kashmiri suburb defying Indian control

We cannot be selective about the past in Jammu and Kashmir

Human Rights Watch asks India to free Kashmiris arbitrarily detained

An essential guide to dismantling Kashmir’s special status. Part 1: What is/was Article 370 and Article 35A and what just happened to it?

An essential guide to dismantling Kashmir’s special status Part 2: Is Kashmir an internal Indian matter or an international dispute?

Kashmir Crisis update: Day 39, September 12, 2019

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 canister and pellet wounds. Hospitals remain in accessible as do other essential services. The communications blockade continues, and people from within and outside Kashmir remain disconnected from their loved ones. Although the Government sources claim they have restored land lines in some areas, people trying to connect through land lines express disappointment in getting through most of the times. Cell phones and internet is still shutdown. Reports of illegal detentions and torture continue to pour in. Fears of demographic change and land appropriation are growing.

Strict lockdown continues, religious processions for the religious observance of Muharram were banned. Constant surveillance of people with drones flying over residential areas, mosques, and streets is reported. Detentions of ordinary citizens and political leaders continue. Many youth have been transferred to jails outside of Jammu Kashmir and parents have to go through a security clearance by the JK police before being allowed to meet their children. Getting clearance amidst the shutdown is causing enormous difficulties for parents with limited means who travel outside of Kashmir searching for their children.  The Govt. has not released any numbers of detentions. Reports of abuse and torture in prisons and in night raids are being reported.

 Kashmir’s economy is taking the biggest hit, especially the IT, fruit, and tourism industry. The loss is reported to be irrecoverable.

Intimidation and harassment of journalists continues. A female journalist associated with a national newspaper was attacked and abused by the local police in Srinagar on Sept. 8th, and a photo journalist was hit by pellets on Sept. 7th.

The UN Human Rights Council expressed deep concern over the human rights situation in Kashmir on Sept. 9th at the 42nd session of the Council. UN High Commissioner reiterated that in any decision about the future of Kashmir, Kashmiris must be consulted.

Law makers in Europe, the US, and Australia continue to speak out against the Kashmir siege. On September 10th. , fifty two members of the United Nations called on India to end human rights violations in Kashmir.

Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights watch expressed concern over reported torture of thousands of young men in Kashmir and Amnesty International UK launched a Let Kashmir Speak campaign calling for an end of lock down.

News stories

Journalists continue to be mistreated and harassed by the military in Kashmir

Curbs on journalist continue

Kashmir photojournalist hit with pellets

Abrogation of Article 370 is seen through the prism of demographic change

With special status gone, people fear losing land rights once again

The Kashmir issue is not a communal issue

Constant surveillance of homes, individuals, journalists, social media accounts and mosques

Srinagar, the world’s Forbidden City

Stories of torture and arbitrary arrests

Thousands detained, official data show

Nearly 300 detainees being held in Uttar Pradesh

Among the three thousand detained are children

Kashmiris allege abuse by Indian troops: beatings, electric shocks, threats to take away women

We will not survive this disaster: Kashmir Entrepreneurs as lockdown continues

Kashmiris allege night terror by Indian troops in crackdown

Kashmir: tightest curbs, unannounced

The drum beaters of dystopia

More than a month of lockdown, Kashmir dwells in a chasm of despair

Kashmir crisis update 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 remain inaccessible, schools, colleges and universities remain shut. Freedom of movement, gathering and expression, and basic living with dignity continues to be denied. The clampdown on media also continues. Revolving detention of youth and severe torture of detainees has been reported by the BBC. Various international bodies condemn the ongoing siege of Kashmir and lawmakers from the US and Europe express their concern. A team of journalists from the Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) and Free Speech Collective (FSC) release a report on the state of media in Kashmir (see the report below)

News stories

 Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister, said in an op-ed in The New York Times that “if the world does nothing to stop the Indian assault on Kashmir and its people, there will be consequences for the whole world as two nuclear-armed states get ever closer to a direct military confrontation.”

Among 3,000 detained by Indian authorities in Kashmir: children

Amidst crackdowns, Kashmiri journalists struggle to report

What life is like in Kashmir under siege: A report

Reports of torture in detention camps

Fearing arrests youth in Srinagar avoid hospitals

Revolving door arrest of Kashmiri youth

No charges presented against those detained in Kashmir

A senior Indian cardiologist summoned by Indian intelligence agency for interrogation over his criticism of abrogation of Article 370

Risk to health care systems under the current siege

Kashmir’s clampdown prompts shortage of medicines and a health crisis

Emergency services beyond reach of the public

Journalists continue to face threats and harassment

Journalist appalled over continuous communications blockade

Tensions over Kashmir rise but India says no plan for war

Us Presidential hopeful calls for US to support UN-backed peaceful resolution of Kashmir

European Parliament’s Committee on foreign Affairs calls an immediate end to Kashmir’s siege

British lawmakers agree to continue work for alleviation of suffering faced by Kashmiris

India urged to allow fact-finding missions in Kashmir by OIC-Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission

British MEP urges EU to put pressure on India to end the siege

Five eminent international human rights advocates call Kashmir blackout as collective punishment

Deputy leader of Britain’s Labour party, Tom Watson, draws attention to Kashmir’s humanitarian crisis

US lawmakers concerned about Kashmir

UN Special Rapporteur says curbs on communications violate international law

India is already appropriating land in Kashmir

Day 21 of the Indian siege: 25 August 2019

“Valley in total paralysis”
for three weeks now: The
shutdown has been going on since 5 August, with most services, business and
shops closed.

News from inside Kashmir is very limited as communication blockade is still
ongoing with internet services and mobile networks still down. Some landlines
in some areas seem to be operating during short intervals.

The curfew is still in place in large part of Kashmir; it has been eased in
some areas in rural Kashmir and Srinagar to and from last couple of days –
though reports state that they were tightened on Friday (23 August 2019) after
calls for demonstrations to UNMOGIP office. The roads to the UNMOGIP office
remained blocked.

Protests took place on Friday (23 August 2019) in different parts of

The Civil Secretariat in Srinagar failed to hoist the Jammu and Kashmir flag
for the first time in 67 years today.

At least three deaths are reported due to asphyxiation from tear gas when
Indian troops fired tear gas shells into houses. Indian troops have been firing
tear gas and chili powder into homes for years, besides smashing windows.
Injuries from pellet guns are reported, along with the arrest of those injured
if they seek treatment in hospitals. Many of the injured are staying away from
hospitals for this reason.

In Soura neighborhood, residents have blocked the streets against army
patrols to prevent them from seizing children.


Peerzada Ashiq, The Hindu (250819): Kashmir’s
Civil Secretariat lowers separate Jammu and Kashmir flag after 67 years

Arun Sharma, The Indian Express (250819): ‘My
children are there, I’m here…’

News 18 Kashmir Dispatch 11 Valley
Running Out of Medicines With No Fresh Supply Coming, Say Doctors

Ishtiaq Ahmed Shauq, The First Post (240819): Adivasis
and the Indian State: Facing govt apathy and discrimination, Kashmir’s Gujjar
Bakarwal tribe struggles to preserve nomadic way of life

Ishfaq Naseen, The Telegraph (240819):
‘It took us days to even find out he was dead’ – Kashmiris blocked from burying
the dead as India reimposes unprecedented curfew

The Wire (240819): Delegation
of Opposition Leaders Sent Back from Srinagar

The New York Times (230819): India’s
Move in Kashmir: More Than 2,000 Rounded Up With No Recourse

Adnan Bhat, TRT World (230819): India’s
clampdown and communication blackout destroys Kashmir economy

Shahnaz Bashir, Time (230819): The
Indian Government Insists All Is Well in Kashmir. But As the Communications
Shutdown Continues, Its Citizens Are Struggling to Reach the Outside World.

Soumya Shankar, Foreign Policy (230819): Kashmiris
Won’t Stay Silent Forever

Karan Deep Singh, Ahmer Khan, Neil Collier and Ben Laffin , New York Times
(August 2019): What’s
Happening in Kashmir? Our Cameras Contradict India’s Official Story

Elyse Samuels, The Washington Post (230819): Kashmir:
The Indian government vs. the facts on the ground

Thewire.in (230819) More
Than 150 Tear Gas, Pellet Injury Cases at Two Srinagar Hospitals

Commentary and analysis

The Citizen (250819): 21
Days of Curfew – ‘Where Even Stones Weep’

Ahmer Bilal Soofi, Jamal Aziz, Muhammad Oves Anwar, Ayesha Malik and Shayan
Ahmed Khan, Research Society of International Law (August 2019): Legal
Memorandum:The Status of Jammu & Kashmir under International Law

Sumaiya Shaikh, Amit Gupta and Rajiv Kumar, The Print (240819): Lancet
has always written on conflict zones & health. Why should Kashmir be an

Shubh Mathur, Foreign Policy in Focus (220819): This time,
the world is watching in Kashmir

Fozia Nazir Lone, TRT World (230819): The
BJP has marched into a legal bind over Kashmir’s accession to India

Ahmed bin Qasim TRT World
Kashmir: ‘On social media, a majority of Indians are celebrating our pain’


Rep. Pramila Jaypal (D-WA)
“Deeply troubled by reports of Indian Govt’s arrests of 2,000 in Kashmir.”

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Chair of the House Intelligence Committee “The
situation in Kashmir remains deeply concerning”

National Education Union NEU, UK “The
NEU stands in solidarity with people of Kashmir against heightened
militarisation, violence and information black-out.”


Kashmiri woman shares the problems they are facing with Rahul Gandhi as
Indian journalist tries to prevent her from speaking (Urdu)

anyone who steps
the house. My
brother is a heart patient, he went
outside to look for his kids. He was
taken away and his family
didn’t know his whereabouts for ten
days…we are tormented in every way.”

BBC Hindi reporting from Soura neighborhood. No subtitles, no translation
needed. The
people have blocked the streets against the Indian army and keep watch round
the clock to stop them from arresting children.


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 the High
Commissioner on Human Rights has issued a statement calling on the Indian
government to “to end the crackdown on freedom of expression, access to
information and peaceful protests” and expressed concern about “reports that
security forces were conducting night raids on private homes leading to the
arrests of young people.”


Newsclick (220819): Srinagar, Kashmir: The Protests and Seige of Soura

Mudasir Ahmad, The Wire (220819): Kashmir
Running Short of Life Saving Drugs as Clampdown Continues

Mia Holmgren, Dagens Nyheter
(220819): ”Kashmirs befolkning lever under ockupation”

Cristina Tardáguila, Poynter
(220819): Fact-checkers in Kashmir: What they saw (and felt)

Jalees Andrabi, AFP (210819): We
won’t give an inch’: India faces defiance in ‘Kashmir’s Gaza’

The Wire (210819): The Truth
Behind Government’s ‘No Casualty’ in Kashmir Claim

Kaisar Andrabi, The Wire (210819): Ground
Report: Why Most Kashmiri Children Are Keeping Off School.

Indian Express (210819): Hyderabad:
Complaint against reporter’s ‘anti-national’ post on J&K

The reporter, Rehana Begum of NTV,
had in her post described the “pain” of Kashmiris “in shackles” following the
lockdown in J&K. She later deleted the post.

Jalees Andrabi, AFP (210819): Kashmir
families demand answers for ‘unaccounted for’ deaths

“The medical report seen by AFP
said she “had inhaled toxic gas from a tear gas shell” and that a
possible cause of death was a “toxic lung injury”.

CNA (200819): Teens
swept up in night raids in Kashmir clampdown

Commentary and Analysis

Nishita Trisal, The Washington Post
(220819): India must stop weaponizing the pain of Kashmiri Pandits

Payal Dhar, The Independent (
210819): History
tells us the Kashmir crisis will be particularly dangerous for women – so why
aren’t we talking about it?

Goldie Osuri, The Conversation
(210819): Kashmiris
are living a long nightmare of Indian colonialism

Tariq Ali, The New York Review of
Books (130819): Kashmir
on the Edge of the Abyss
Tariq Ali in The New York Review of Books


UN Office of the High Commissioner
for Human Rights (220819): UN
rights experts urge India to end communications shutdown in Kashmir

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) Chair, House
Armed Forces Committee (210819): “I
am committed to the protection of basic human rights and equal rights in the
disputed territories of Jammu and Kashmir in India – read more in my



TRT World (220819): “At least
50-60 armed men came and took my son and beat him up.”

This video is from Buchpora
Mehmoodaabad in #Kashmir is 19 Aug 1:40 am. A child
is arrested and the women of the house are running after him.

Day 15 of the Indian military siege: 19 August 2019

Today is the 15th day of the Indian
military siege of Kashmir 

While the government claims that
some landlines have been restored, very few people have been able to connect to
their families and close friends in Kashmir. AFP reports over 4,000 arrests and
prisoners are being moved to Indian prisons because the jails are overflowing
in Kashmir. Curfew and restrictions have been reimposed following protests on
Saturday. Reports are emerging of torture, and the few who are able to report
from the ground are receiving  threats on social media from Indian
internet users. Genocide Watch has issued an alert for Kashmir. 

Reports from the ground: lockdown,
protests, torture, raids on homes by Indian army personnel

British Medical Journal (190819): “Kashmir
communications blackout is putting patients at risk, doctors warn”

The Telegraph (190819): Wanted, private space to detain Kashmiris

“The administration is now facing an
acute shortage of space for the detainees and has been forced to rent
guesthouses and vacant private houses and turn them into makeshift detention

Intelligence Bureau Officer quoted in The Telegraph.

Basit Zargar, The Citizen (190819): Schools open in Kashmir without students – in pictures 

Muzaffar Raina, The Telegraph
(190819) “Iron fist in rural Kashmir”

Times of India (190819): Criminal complaint filed against Shehla Rashid under
sedition charges

The Wire (190819): Army, Shehla Rashid Lock Horns Over ‘Torture’ Charge

Parvaiz Bukhari, AFP (180819): 4,000 detained in Kashmir since autonomy stripped: govt

Fahad Shah, The Atlantic (180819): ‘News From Here Doesn’t Go Out’: Kashmir Simmers Under

Basit Mahmood, Metro (180819): There have been daily protests since August 5, when the
Indian government revoked the region’s special status.

The Wire (180819): Restrictions Reimposed in Srinagar After Protests, Clashes
With Police

Zeba Siddiqui and Fayaz Bukhari,
Reuters (170819): Several injured in Kashmir in clashes with Indian

Aditya Menon, The Quint (170819): Kashmir: How Govt Gathered Massive Data Before Article 370


Binish Ahmed, The Conversation
(080819): “Call the crime in Kashmir by its name: Ongoing genocide”

At the UN Security Council 

Devirupa Mitra, The Wire (180819): In a First, Russia Talks of UN Resolutions on Kashmir


Committee to Protect Journalists Urges India to Uphold Press
Freedom in Kashmir

Genocide Watch: Current Alerts: Kashmir 

Editorial, The Lancet (170819): “Fear and uncertainty around Kashmir’s future”


The Kashmir Syllabus from Stand with Kashmir 

Experts on Kashmir from Stand with Kashmir 


CodePink Petition:Tell the UN
Security Council to oppose the Indian occupation and blockade of  Kashmir
and to facilitate a path to self-determination for Kashmiri

Day 10 of the
Indian military siege: 14 August 2019

and communication blockades are still in place, with mobile networks, internet
services and landlines closed.

group comprising Kavita Krishnan from the CPI (ML), economist Jean Dreze and
Maimoona Mollah of All India Democratic Women’s Association and Vimal Bhai of
National Alliance of People’s Movement, spent five days in Kashmir, shared its
fact-finding report with the media. Full report here.

and emergency services are still struggling with lack of personnel and
medications running out. See yesterday’s

young boys and men have been detained in Pulwama and Shopian in South Kashmir.
(Some under Public Safety Act (1978).)

men also report having been randomly attacked by military personnel and beat up.

civil society and political leaders are still  detained.


Khan, Karan Deep Singh and Ben Laffin, New York Times (140819): Inside the Crackdown in Kashmir (video)

Raafi, The Wire (140819): South Kashmir Ground Report:  ‘Not A Single Day Since August 5 When
No Youths Were Picked Up’.

Ratcliffe, The Guardian (140819): Kashmir: Imram Khan says Pakistan will ‘teach India a lesson

Bukhari, The Wire (140819): Families of Kashmir Detainees in the Dark About Where or Why They Are
Locked up

Wire (140819): Shah Faesal Stopped from Travelling, Detained Under Public Safety Act

Sharma, Leaflet.In (140819): Kashmir is under siege, say rights activists

Ahmad, The Wire (140819): Kashmir’s Political Leaders Remain in Detention, Government Mum on

Ahmad, The Wire (140819): Interview: ‘Revocation of Article 370 Biggest Betrayal of J&K, Won’t
Stand Test of Law’

Bedi, Irish Times (140819): India tightens security ahead of Independence Day celebrations: Extra
paramilitaries and police deployed to disputed Jammu and Kashmir region.


Bhan, Haley Duschinski and Goldie Osuri, OpenDemocracy (140819): The international community must intervene on Kashmir Kashmiris need
self-determination, not military occupation.

Kaul, Foreign Policy (130819): Kashmir Is Under the Heel of India’s Colonialism

Waheed, The Guardian (140819): India’s illegal power grab is turning Kashmir into a colony


BDS National Committee, Mondoweiss (140819): Solidarity and unity in opposing global militarization: BNC statement on

Curfew and
communication blockades are still in place, with mobile networks, internet
services and landlines closed. Fact-finding group comprising Kavita Krishnan
from the CPI (ML), economist Jean Dreze and Maimoona Mollah of All India
Democratic Women’s Association and Vimal Bhai of National Alliance of People’s
Movement, spent five days in Kashmir, shared its fact-finding report …Continue readingDay
10 of the Indian military siege: 14 August 2019

Day 9 of the Indian
military siege: 13 August 2019

The lockdown that
started on 5 August is still ongoing: mobile networks, broadband services, and
landlines are still down and news are still limited.

Curfew is still ongoing in many places.

still unable to access basic services.

transport is not working and road blocks still in place.

services, such as ambulances, are still not in operation.

doctors and patients have trouble reaching hospitals and healthcare providers.

are also reporting shortages, with some medicines running out by the end of the week.

small number of ATMs have been opened in some areas, though often during short
periods of time.

shops and banks have remained closed.

of food shortages is expressed by many observers and locals.


Das, Livemint (130819): Kashmir struggles to cope with communication curbs

Express (130819): Kashmir in lockdown: Exclusive Express photos from the Valley

Jazeera (130819):  Kashmir: Srinagar a maze of razor wires and steel barriers.

Free Europe (130819): Pakistan Wants Emergency UN Meeting On Kashmir.

Farooq and Vidhi Doshi, The Guardian (130819): The crisis in Kashmir.

Owen, The Guardian (130819): UK must help the ‘half-widows’ of Jammu and Kashmir.

Siddiqui and Fayaz Bukhari, Reuters India (130819): Authorities lock down Srinagar on Eid holiday

Sofi, The Wire (130819): In a Ravaged
Kashmir, One Woman’s Fight to Give Birth

Janjua and Hugh Tomlinson, The Times (140819): Unified Kashmir dream fades for families torn apart by border


Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada:

“Canada continues to closely follow developments in Jammu and Kashmir. In
recent days, I have spoken to many Canadians—including Canadians of Kashmiri
descent who have family in Jammu and Kashmir—about this important issue. Like
them, Canada is concerned about the risk of escalation, infringements on civil
rights and reports of detentions. We encourage meaningful discussions and
consultations with affected communities. We call on all parties to maintain
peace and stability along the Line of Control and in the region.”

human rights activists and organizations sign letter to Prime Minister Narendra

“We strongly believe that for India to be able to continue to define
itself as a democracy it must allow public discourse and debate on #Kashmir”.

The lockdown that
started on 5 August is still ongoing: mobile networks, broadband services, and
landlines are still down and news are still limited. Curfew is still ongoing in
many places. Majority still unable to access basic services. Public transport is
not working and road blocks still in place. Emergency services, such as
ambulances, are …Continue readingDay
9 of the Indian military siege: 13 August 2019

Day 8 of the Indian
military siege: 12 August 2019

Eid ul Azha is
honoured in Kashmir, but few celebrations can take place with curfew and
communication blockade still in place for the eighth day:

  • The
    usual open air large-scale Eid prayers are forbidden. Instead some small
    mosques have been open and allowed for prayers.
  • Reports
    of some men being able to walk in pairs to
    attend prayers.
  • Shops,
    banks and ATMs remained closed; reports of people queuing outside branches of
    J&K Bank for hours, both in Pulwama and Srinagar.
  • Reports
    of people having trouble accessing hospitals and healthcare, and medications
    are running low.
  • People
    are also having difficulties leaving the hospitals due to lack of public
    transportation and curfews blocking the roads.
  • Online
    versions of local newspapers have been unavailable since 5 August; yet
    journalists are succeeding in printing small numbers of brief hard copies to circulate news locally.


Yasir and Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times (120819): With Pens, Paper and Motorcycles, Journalists Chronicle Kashmir Crackdown.

Yasir, Suhasini Raj and Jeffrey Gettleman, The Telegraph (120819): Kashmir report: ‘Living hell here’

Masood, The Indian Express (120819): In separatist stronghold Sopore: ‘Do not misunderstand our silence as

Javaid, The Print (120819): J&K govt refuses to give information on Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba
Mufti’s whereabouts

Post India (120819): Hundreds Of Kashmiris Protested In Srinagar On The Eve Of Eid: Report.

Radio (120819): The Current for August 12, 2019 

in Soura after Eid
prayers, August 12, 2019 

Wallstreet Journal (120819): Protesters
Demonstrate in Kashmir Despite Indian Clampdown.

(120819): Civilians with
pellet gun injuries fired by Indian forces being brought to a local hospital in
Srinagar for the treatment.

Das, Livemint (120819): Complete
shutdown, heavy stone pelting, all main mosques out of bounds. Here is a
snippet of violence and public outrage against the clampdown, in Hyderpora

Wire (120819): Ground Report:
Angry Kashmir Empty on Eid as Restrictions Return to Srinagar

(120819): Curfew brings
life in Kashmir to a standstill ahead of Eid today

(120819): Kashmir ground
report: A cancer patient struggles to reach hospital for chemo, others can’t
get home

Wire (120819): Stuck in
Hospital After Losing a Child, Waiting 3 Days for 1 Call: Life in Kashmir Today

Wire (120819): ‘I Am More
Afraid Than I Have Ever Been’: A Personal Account From Kashmir.


Rights Watch (120819): “India Needs to Step Back in Kashmir.”

citizens comprising Kashmiri Pandits, Dogras and Sikhs have stated that they
“unequivocally condemn the abrogation of Article 370,” and have made a call for
“an immediate lifting of the state of siege” in the Valley. Full list of names and statement available on The Quint.

Thomas Suozzi, Democratic Party, United States
“I am concerned Prime Minister Modi’s recent actions in Kashmir have
contributed to tensions higher than ever; our administration must make Kashmir
a major focus. PM Khan’s recent trip to USA assures we are working together to
counter extremism and other issues.”

Eid ul Azha is
honoured in Kashmir, but few celebrations can take place with curfew and
communication blockade still in place for the eighth day: The usual open air
large-scale Eid prayers are forbidden. Instead some small mosques have been
open and allowed for prayers. Reports of some men being able to walk in pairs …Continue readingDay
8 of the Indian military siege: 12 August 2019

Day 7 of the Indian
military siege: 11 August 2019

  • First
    day of Eid ul Azha (Eid Qurban)
  • Curfew
    and communication blackout still ongoing for seventh day.
  • Shops
    were forced to keep closed. 
  • “Shoot at sight” order by J&K Police
    No Eid celebrations allowed.
  • A
    low number of people succeed to call relatives from outside Valley through
    police stations and helplines.


Krishnan, The Independent: “Modi’s act of tyranny in Kashmir will soon be the blueprint for all of

NDTV: Kashmir Lockdown “Draconian”, Says Editors Guild Of India: Full Statement


Nabi and Bilal Kuchay, Al Jazeera: Amid ‘disheartening Eid siege’, Kashmiris try to reach loved ones

Jazeera: Pakistan foreign
minister discusses India and Kashmir

Irish Times: India reimposes some restrictions in Kashmir ahead of Muslim festival

and support

The Observer: View on India’s aggression over Kashmir (11/08/19).

Editorial Board: “India Is Making a Mistake in Kashmir.”

Wallström, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sweden
“Closely following serious developments in Kashmir. The population of
Kashmir must be included in decisions concerning its future.”

Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, UK
“The situation in Kashmir is deeply disturbing. Human rights abuses
taking place are unacceptable. The rights of the Kashmiri people must be
respected and UN resolutions implemented.”

Magid, Green Party MEP for Yorkshire & The Humber and Former Lord Mayor of
“Wishing you all a blessed Eid Mubarak! I hope your day is filled with nothing
but love, hope & joy! As we celebrate let’s also remember and pray for the
people of Kashmir, Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Iraq & wherever people are
suffering injustice and persecution.”

First day of Eid ul
Azha (Eid Qurban) Curfew and communication blackout still ongoing for seventh
day. Shops were forced to keep closed.  “Shoot at sight” order
by J&K Police No Eid celebrations allowed. A low number of people succeed to
call relatives from outside Valley through police stations and helplines.
  Analysis Kavita Krishnan, …Continue readingDay
7 of the Indian military siege: 11 August 2019

Day 6 of the Indian
military siege of Kashmir 10August 2019

The media and
communications blockade of Kashmir by India continues into the seventh day.
Some news trickles out:

  • Reports
    of 10’000 protestors on the streets.
  • Reports
    of use of tear gas, pellet guns and live ammunition by Indian
    forces against protestors; injuries.
  • Mass arrests; over 900 people arrested including Mian Qayoom
    of the Kashmir High Court Bar Association and Mubeen Shah of the Kashmir
    Chamber of Commerce.
  • The
    paucity of news in this update underlines the fact that Kashmir is cut off from
    the world, under a complete military takeover by India.

will continue to post updates as they become available, at this blog and on
twitter @kashmirscholars

useful collection of resources on the aftermath of the revocation of Article
370 from Critical Kashmir Studies can be found here.

on twitter @_Faysal

and opinion

Hole Kobbeltvedt, Rafto Foundation: “From bad to worse in Kashmir. Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide must
work to ensure that the situation is addressed by the UN Security Council.”

Samreen Mushtaq in TRT World: “The violent misogyny that partners India’s stripping of Kashmiri

Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty in The Wire: “Biryani With Locals: What Ajit Doval’s Visuals From Kashmir Tell Us.”

UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye: “A view on the Kashmir internet blackout.” 


Careem, BBC: WATCH: Despite government saying reports of protests in Saura were
completely fabricated, see exclusive BBC footage here for the truth. Thousands
marched, police fired on protesters, dozens injured 10 August 2019

Leaflet: Kashmir Times editor moves Supreme Court seeking media freedom in Valley.

Thewire.in: In Srinagar Hospital Ward, Pellet Victims Belie Official Claims of

Irish Times: Police in Kashmir use tear gas as at least 10,000 protest

of India: J&K govt shifts 20 more ‘troublemakers’ from Kashmir to Agra; Mian
Qayoom among 25 flown out on Thursday

Singh Brar in The Indian Express: “Religious duty of Sikhs to protect Kashmiri girls: Akal Takht Jathedar”


Lib Dem MEP for West Midlands region
“…condemn outrageous move by India to revoke autonomy of Kashmir. We
stand with Kashmiris. LibDems will be moving urgency resolution seeking very
strong action…”

Leader, Labour MEPs. Yorks&Humber
“The Kashmir
issue has long been neglected by the international community, despite the very
clear UN Security Council resolutions that require the issue to be settled by a
referendum of the Kashmiri people themselves.”

Labor MP and Shadow Foreign Minister
“Today I have written to Foreign Secretary @DominicRaab to ask what
representation he has made to the Indian Government regarding their unilateral
decision to abolish #Kashmir’s special status, and what discussions he has had
with the UN over this increasingly volatile situation.”

Labour Co-op MEP NW England
“I strongly condemn India’s illegal and unconstitutional revocation of
Article 370 to annexe Kashmir. I call on the European Union and Member States
to work with the Indian and Pakistani governments as well as the people of
Kashmir and Jammu, including the diaspora community, to ensure that the
conflict does not escalate.”

@leerhiannon, former MP New South Wales, Australia
“#IndianGovernment stands condemned for acts of brutality and human
rights abuses in #Kashmir. Modi regime may cut off mobile and internet, bring
in more troops but they can not destroy Kashmiris fight for self-determination.
#StandwithKashmir #EndKashmirBlockade”

Labour MP, UK
“Over 45 MPs and peers have co-signed my letter calling on @UN
Secretary-General @antonioguterres to intervene and prevent India’s
unconstitutional attack on Kashmir’s autonomy. The international community must

Irina von Wiese, Shaffaq Mohammed, Phil Bennion, Judith Bunting, Chris Davies,
Antony Hook, Martin Horwood, Lucy Nethsingha and Sheila Ritchie appeal to the High Representative of the EU, Ms Federica Mogherini to
act on escalating situation in Kashmir.

The media and
communications blockade of Kashmir by India continues into the seventh day.
Some news trickles out: Reports of 10’000 protestors on the streets. Reports of
use of tear gas, pellet guns and live ammunition by Indian forces against
protestors; injuries. Mass arrests; over 900 people arrested including Mian
Qayoom of the Kashmir High Court …Continue readingDay
6 of the Indian military siege of Kashmir 10August 2019

Updates: Day 5 of
the Indian military siege of Kashmir

August 9th, 2019

of the fifth day of the Indian military takeover of Kashmir, the Valley remains
cut off, prisons are overflowing, patients are dying because ambulances cannot
get through to the barely-functioning hospitals and protesters are being
injured and killed by Indian forces. While Indian televisions channels and
reporters roam freely with the help of the army, all Kashmiri newspapers and
television channels are shut down, there is no internet or mobile phone
services, and no landlines. The communications blockade is nearly complete. 

is a compilation of the day’s best news and analysis, including many media
appearances by KSCAN members. 


Kaul on Newsnight BBC

Anand in Foreign Policy: “Kashmir Is a Dress Rehearsal for Hindu Nationalist Fantasies”

Brännlund in Svenska Dagbladet: “Sweden must not be silent about the abuses in Kashmir”

News Canada features Idrisa Pandit: ‘A total blackout’: Kashmiri-Canadians unable to contact relatives since
India cut internet

Osuri on Al Jazeera 

Zia interview on BBC

Zia on Al Jazeera: “There is reason to fear for the safety of every Kashmiri in India”

Bhan on Al Jazeera: “International
community must raise self-determination – cannot trust Indian democracy &

Malik on BBC: “India is trying to thwart the peace process in Afghanistan”

Kanjwal in Washington Post: “India’s settler-colonial project in Kashmir takes a disturbing turn”

Noorani in Huffington Post: “Kashmir: Scrapping Article 370 “Unconstitutional”, “Deceitful” Says
Legal Expert A.G. Noorani”

Parthasarathy in Times of India: “An exercise of executive whim: Negation of Article 370 in J&K
doesn’t stand up to constitutional test, strikes at federalism”

Sethi in Huffington Post: As Kashmir Is Erased, Indian Democracy Dies In Silence”


Article 370: India is making a mistake in Kashmir”

Times: “India’s power grab in Kashmir puts a volatile region at risk of conflict
and violence”


Commission of Jurists:  “India: Ending autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir fans flames of existing
human rights crisis”

Foundation Norway: “We are deeply concerned for the Rafto Laureates in Kashmir”

International, PUDR, PUCL and more: Statements and reactions to the move by Indian government to revoke
Article 370 on J&K special status


Shah in Time: ‘Anxiety Fills the Air.’ What It’s Like Inside Kashmir When All
Communication With the Outside World Is Cut Off

Varadarajan on Thewire.in: Pellet Blindings a Reminder that on the Ground, Kashmir’s ‘Special
Status’ Continues

Andrabi in Huffington Post India: Kashmir: Government Using Pellet Guns To Suppress Protests

Leaflet: Article 370 : Lawyer from Kashmir challenges President’s order on J&K

Javaid in Theprint.in: Don’t come home
for Eid, a Kashmiri mother tells her son on a one-minute phone call

Saaliq in AP News: Kashmir’s streets silent as people’s despair and rage grow

News: Kashmir dispute: Hundreds detained as anger grows

Menon: ‘This is Like 1984’: Punjab Upset Over ‘Injustice’ in Kashmir

Majumdar and Aliya Iftikar for Committee to Protect Journalists: In Kashmir, obstruction, confiscated equipment, and hand-carrying
stories and photos on flash drive 

Scroll.In: Listen: TM Krishna recites poet Agha Shahid Ali’s ‘Postcard from Kashmir’

August 9th, 2019 As
of the fifth day of the Indian military takeover of Kashmir, the Valley remains
cut off, prisons are overflowing, patients are dying because ambulances cannot
get through to the barely-functioning hospitals and protesters are being
injured and killed by Indian forces. While Indian televisions channels and
reporters roam freely with the …Continue readingUpdates:
Day 5 of the Indian military siege of Kashmir