Open letter to the UN Security Council – Take urgent action to end Indian military blockade of Kashmir and begin a process of resolution of the Kashmir conflict in accordance with the right to self-determination

August 15, 2019 H.E. Ms Joanna Wronecka Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Mission of the Republic of Poland to the United Nations cc. Ambassadors of China, France, UK, USA, Russia, Belgium, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Peru and South Africa  Re: Open letter to the UN Security Council - Take urgent …

Day 10 of the Indian military siege: 14 August 2019

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 …

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. Majority still unable to access basic services. Public transport is not working and road blocks still in place. Emergency services, such as ambulances, are …

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. Analysis Kavita Krishnan, The Independent: "Modi’s act of …

Day 6 of the Indian military siege: 10 August 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 …

Day 5 of the Indian military siege: 9 August 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 help of the …