Brief Information on Kashmir
- Kashmir has been occupied by India since 1947, during this occupation around 400,000 Kashmiris have been killed. Since 1989 alone, over 95,000 have been killed, thousands raped, tens of thousands imprisoned, countless other human rights violations are being committed on the people of Kashmir including, molestation, destruction properties and custodial killings.
- Kashmir is not a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, but an international issue whose key stakeholders are the people of Kashmir.
- The Kashmir issue was originally brought to the United Nations by India in 1947, where it was agreed between India, Pakistan and the International community that it is the people of Kashmir who would determine the future of their state through a peaceful referendum under UN observation. This promise has yet to be fulfilled by India.
- Numerous reports by NGOs and United Nations that substantiate the gross human rights violations committed by India in Kashmir
- Kashmir has been under lockdown since 5th August 2019. Over 9 million people have been imprisoned in their own homes—with no access to food, medicine or other essentials.
- Abrogation of Article 370, article 35a and introduction of the domicile law not only provides access to the occupiers to colonize Kashmir further. Making it difficult for the locals and non-resident Kashmiris to be classified as residents in their land, thus potentially leaving many of them stateless. This move by the RSS BJP is to change the demography of Kashmir, an occupied territory that belongs to ethnic Muslim people of Kashmir and all minorities. The process will create a permanent demographic shift in favour of Indians.
- On 13th April 2020, the Indian army used the village green in Panzgam to fire heavy artillery across the LOC into Azad Kashmir. Panzgam is in district Kupwara located along the LOC. The pictures available show the artillery used was M777, which India recently imported from the United States. Furthermore, the Indian Army used civilians as human shields during the encounters in May 2020 and burnt 15 houses during the Nawakal encounter in Srinagar, as well as looting many other homes. A clear violation of the international treaty.
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Human Rights Violations
(From Jan 1989 till 30th April 2020)
Total Killings: 95,548
Custodial Killings: 7,139
Civilian arrested: 159,602
Structures Arsoned/Destroyed: 109,506
Women Widowed: 22,913
Children Orphaned: 107,786
Women gang-raped/Molested: 11,179