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 …

Re: URGENT ACTION: Mass arrests taking place in Kashmir under Indian military siege

August 7, 2019 Ms. Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Ms. Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Mr. Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Mr. Fernand de Varennes, …

Request for immediate intervention of the UN in the Kashmir crisis

August 5, 2019 H.E. Mr. António Guterres Secretary-General of the United Nations Executive Office of the Secretary-General S-3800, United Nations Secretariat Building New York, NY 10017 Re: Request for immediate intervention of the UN in the Kashmir crisis Your Excellency, We, the members of Kashmir Scholars Consultative Network, are once again reaching out to you because …

Open Letter to the United Nations Secretary General, March 2019: The UN must live up to its responsibility to mediate a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir conflict

March 18, 2019 H.E. Mr. António Guterres Secretary-General of the United Nations Executive Office of the Secretary-General S-3800, United Nations Secretariat Building New York, NY 10017 Re: The UN must live up to its responsibility to mediate a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir conflict Your Excellency, We are writing in the wake of the crisis created …

Letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Palais Wilson 52 rue des Pâquis CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland. Re: Urgent action needed to end state violence in Indian-controlled Kashmir We are writing to you to express our concern about the situation in Indian-controlled …