New York, Nov 12: Internationally acclaimed novelist and activist Arundhati Roy has reiterated her support for an end to what she termed as “brutal” Indian occupation of Kashmir.
“I think that the people of Kashmir have the right to self- determination—they have the right to choose who they want to be, and how they want to be,” she said in the course of a discussion on ‘Kashmir: The Case for Freedom’ at Asia Society.
“Kashmir is one of the most protracted and bloody occupations in the world and one of the most ignored,” Roy said. Continue reading
The Kashmir valley is seeing the third consecutive summer of protests against the Indian security forces. 18 people were killed on Monday by security forces in Kashmir, five of them in Tangmarg in the Baramulla district, 45 kilometers from Srinagar, where thousands took to the streets in defiance of the curfew, protesting the rumored burning of the Koran in the United States. Since then the police have arrested for inciting this violence a local leader, reportedly of the National Conference Party of the ruling coalition in the state. Six more have been killed last week, including three last Friday. Civilian death toll since June 11, when the current round of protests began, has crossed 90. The government banned all local TV channels on Monday. Other severe restrictions have been placed on the media and journalists. To find out more about life in Kashmir, we spoke with Parvaiz Bukhari, an independent journalist based in Srinagar, Friday evening in Kashmir.
In part 1 of the conversation, Parvaiz describes the recent events, the curbs on the press and the current security crackdown.
In part 2 of the conversation, Parvaiz sets the recent events in Kashmir in context and describes his own personal experiences and observations of living under the current siege.
An Indian paramilitary soldier on guard in Srinagar
(AFP) – July 18, 2010
SRINAGAR, India — A security lockdown and a general strike called by separatists crippled life in Indian-ruled Kashmir on Sunday after a brief calm returned to the region on Saturday.
Thousands of police and paramilitary forces moved into the streets of Srinagar, Indian Kashmir’s summer capital, early Sunday warning residents not to venture out of their homes.
Police said there was no official curfew in place but were enforcing “strict restrictions” to prevent violent protests.
The scenic Himalayan region has been wracked by demonstrations since June 11 when police were accused of killing a 17-year-old teenage boy.
Since then, another 14 protesters and bystanders — many of them youngsters — have been killed. Continue reading
Kashmir Bar Association President Mian Qayoom at a press conference in Srinagar, Kashmir in December 2009
Srinagar, July 15, 2010
INTERNATIONAL PEOPLE’S TRIBUNAL ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND JUSTICE IN INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR (IPTK)
Permanent “State of Exception” in Indian-administered Kashmir
Advocate Mian Qayoom’s Arrest: The People’s Tribunal expresses grave concern regarding the arrest of Advocate Mian Qayoom, President of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, and a human rights defender, under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act of 1978 (PSA). Advocate Qayoom’s home was raided around midnight on July 7, 2010, and he was taken to Hiranagar Jail in Jammu.
IPTK is concerned for the physical and psychological safety and security of Advocate Qayoom. We ask that Advocate Qayoom be released and due process, as per international humanitarian law, be followed.
Advocate Qayoom’s arrest was made without evidencing due cause under the PSA. The PSA continues to be used arbitrarily in Indian-administered Kashmir to repress dissent without due cause or process. The PSA is a preventive detention law that authorizes incarceration for up to two years on grounds of uncorroborated suspicion, if authorities feel that the detainee may impede peace and order or threaten the security of the state. Continue reading