Kashmir siege completes a month, 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

News behind the barbed wire: A report

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

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