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 with the media. Full report here.
Hospitals and emergency services are still struggling with lack of personnel and medications running out. See yesterday’s update.
Many young boys and men have been detained in Pulwama and Shopian in South Kashmir. (Some under Public Safety Act (1978).)
Young men also report having been randomly attacked by military personnel and beat up.
500-900 civil society and political leaders are still detained.
Ahmer Khan, Karan Deep Singh and Ben Laffin, New York Times (140819): Inside the Crackdown in Kashmir (video)
Muhammad Raafi, The Wire (140819): South Kashmir Ground Report: ‘Not A Single Day Since August 5 When No Youths Were Picked Up’.
Rebecca Ratcliffe, The Guardian (140819): Kashmir: Imram Khan says Pakistan will ‘teach India a lesson
Fayaz Bukhari, The Wire (140819): Families of Kashmir Detainees in the Dark About Where or Why They Are Locked up
The Wire (140819): Shah Faesal Stopped from Travelling, Detained Under Public Safety Act
Ashutosh Sharma, Leaflet.In (140819): Kashmir is under siege, say rights activists
Mudasir Ahmad, The Wire (140819): Kashmir’s Political Leaders Remain in Detention, Government Mum on Charges
Mudasir Ahmad, The Wire (140819): Interview: ‘Revocation of Article 370 Biggest Betrayal of J&K, Won’t Stand Test of Law’
Rahul Bedi, Irish Times (140819): India tightens security ahead of Independence Day celebrations: Extra paramilitaries and police deployed to disputed Jammu and Kashmir region.
Mona Bhan, Haley Duschinski and Goldie Osuri, OpenDemocracy (140819): The international community must intervene on Kashmir Kashmiris need self-determination, not military occupation.
Nitasha Kaul, Foreign Policy (130819): Kashmir Is Under the Heel of India’s Colonialism
Mirza Waheed, The Guardian (140819): India’s illegal power grab is turning Kashmir into a colony
Palestinian BDS National Committee, Mondoweiss (140819): Solidarity and unity in opposing global militarization: BNC statement on Kashmir