"We the Peoples of the United Nations, determined to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small..." -- United Nations Charter --
"Sometimes people just go crazy from too much abuse and violence and take drastic, irrational measures to protect themselves - All human beings deserve the right to self determination, the right to the ballot, the right to have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Individual terrorism is bad enough but state sponsored terrorism is truly evil." Michael Moore
Kashmir simmers and put alight by people having no right to occupy
A selfless, dedicated human right lawyer and a civil rights activist, Parvez Imroz is internationally recognized for highlighting human right violations, disappearances, rapes and killings through organized fake encounters. Imroz ignoring great risk to his life has filed thousands of habeas corpus petitions on behalf of families whose relatives have disappeared while in custody of the Indian army and its para-military forces. The plea of DNA testing of thousands of unmarked graves of people of all ages disappeared from torture chambers, fake encounters and indiscrimnate arrests are brazenly rejected with threats issued of serious consequences. Indian army has been systematically obfuscating the truth and managing to sustain impunity for ongoing crimes.
The Rights Groups in their findings reveal that over eight thousand people have disappeared directly accusing the Indian army of staging gun battles to cover up killings in cold blood. The Groups state that the victims arrested are never heard of again. The international electronic media quoting the report of Indian government mentioned the state Human Right Commission confirming that thirty eight burial sites contained 2,156 unidentified bodies. The Commission further stated that 574 other bodies found in the graves were identifies as local civilians.
Hindustan Times on September 19, 2012 in a report revealed "For every four militants killed in Kashmir since 1989, one army man and three civilians became victims of the bloody violence". The report also stated that 40, 127 people were killed, followed by 13, 853 more killings recorded daily from 1990 to July 31, 2012. Human rights groups in Kashmir put the total killings in between 70,000 and 100,000 with over 8,000 disappearances. There is a good number of Indians who acknowledge the pain and suffering inflicted on people of Kashmir and anyone sympathising and raising a voice for Kashmir cause is branded a traitor.
Kobi Wolf of Tel Aviv
...Two decades of conflict between militants and the Indian army have cost more than 40,000 lives (now more than one hundred thousand) to date... Read more....
Kashmir is not a territorial dispute between India and Pakistan but an occupation of the land of peaceful people in flagrant violation of international commitments made from time to time. The is kaniJung 2010
[fight with stones and bricks]. The link for videos below throws ample light on the current political situation: KASHMIR INTIFADA INDIAN ARMY´S BRAZEN ARROGANT BRUTALITY
LICENCE TO KILL
One of the draconian laws Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) (tip of the ice-berg) gives amnesty to Indian Army to shoot and kill anyone anywhere and a pretext is no compulsion or required. The insensitivity shown by International community to the plight of Kashmiris is puzzling allowing these hapless people to turn into psychological wrecks. Two generations are wiped out, the process continues and one fails to understand the behaviour of the followers of erstwhile non-violent "Mahatma" Gandhi. Kashmir is not a bilateral issue of two hostile nuclear nations but a human problem of rightful owners of the state of Kashmir. The dangerous genocidal law AFSPA is backed by other carefully extended more lethal oppressive and tyrannical laws to decimate a defenceless population to claim Kashmir as HINDU LAND.
- The Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act [TADA]; under which a person can be detained without formal charge or trial for up to one year for SUSPECTED TERRORIST or DISRUPTIVE activities, Court hearings must be conducted IN SECRET! The court has the power to keep the identity of any witness secret, including the accuser! Confessions are permissible as evidence if the police assure they were obtained voluntarily.
The National Security Act [NSA], under which any person can be, detained WITHOUT CHARGE OR TRIAL for up to one year to prevent them from acting in a manner prejudicial to state security, the maintenance of public order, or relations with a foreign power.
The Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act [JKPSA] empowers India to detain persons without trial for up to FOUR YEARS for a broad range of activities, including such nebulous charges as promoting, propagating, or attempting to create feelings of enmity, hatred or disharmony on grounds of religion, race, community, or region.
The Armed Forces Special Powers Act [AFSPA] empowers Indian Security Forces to search homes WITHOUT WARRANTS, make arrests without warrants, and destroy suspected hideouts of potential terrorists, and THE RIGHT TO SHOOT-TO-KILL with total immunity from prosecution.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague set to tackle Africa war rape on a fact finding mission to Africa gave him an opportunity to collect evidence to take to the foreign ministers of the G8 who meet in London on April 10, 2013. Mr Hague called for tougher action on warzone rapists citing such acts of sexual violence as breaching the Geneva Convention. Mr Hague is reportedly said: "Yet more often than not the international community looks away, the perpetrators of these brutal crimes walk free and the cycle of injustice and conflict is repeated. We have to shatter this culture of impunity." Kashmir, which has suffered in bigger way hope and expected Mr Hague to remember them as well on G8 meet and not to look away and ignore suffering Kashmiris.
Yasmina hailing from Wantpora Hawal in downtown Srinagar was rushed to the hospital after developing complications due to exposure to pepper gas used by Indian troops to quell the uprising. The pregnant lady was operated upon and her foetus terminated. It is reported that the placenta was removed by the surgeons after administration of anaesthesia. The State Human Right Commission, while taking suo motu cognizance of news reports about use of pepper gas and its harmful effects unsuccessfully urged Indian army to stop the use of pepper gas. Besides, the experts and doctors, while warning about the harmful and hazardous effect, have termed it as life threatening. (Ishfaq Tantry from Srinagar: March 18, 2013).
Member Legislative Assembly, Langate, Engineer Rasheed condemned firing on civilians in Pulwama, Kashmir and said that the incident was an eye-opener for those who gave Kashmiris sermons of peace and non-violence and that use of force against civilian protestors could be justified by saying that they were pelting stones. IGP (Inspector General Police) Kashmir Shiv Murari Sahai confessed that use of force could have been avoided and emphasized need to take stern action against those who were always in search of an opportunity to quench their thirst for human blood. Rejecting the magisterial probe into such incidents had become a symbol of joke, cheating and denial in Kashmir. (Rising Kashmir: 29 Dec 2012).
While tens of thousands of army and paramilitary troops are deployed in Kashmir more than 500 members of India's army are accused of human rights abuses in a damning report on conflict in Kashmir. The offences detailed in the report by leading human right groups include custody deaths, abduction, torture and rape. Army, police and paramilitary officers of senior rank are among those named.
A 354-page report compiled by the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) and the International People's Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Kashmir, analysed 214 cases of abuse and highlighted the role of officials in the killing of nearly 70 people and the disappearances of 8,000 people over two decades, BBC's Riyaz Masroor in Srinagar says. The report names Indian military officials of very senior rank as perpetrators.
Farooq Papa, a professional Engineer and chairman WKDA (World Kashmir Diaspora Alliance) stressed the point that Kashmiris, initially forced, have since moved from violence to non-violence and asked India and Pakistan to allow Kashmiris to have intra-Kashmir dialogue in Europe, Canada and America. Scholars and writers from around the world participated in the seminar arranged on Kashmir and the speakers were unanimous in concluding that peace in Afghanistan is directly linked with an amicable solution of Kashmir dispute.
Japan News reports (December 12, 2013) that families of torture, rape victims and 8000 people disappeared in mysterious circumstances in a sit-in demanded justice from people responsible for such heinous crimes, highlighting systematic abuse, unjustified arrests, and perpetual harassment of local population. Abdul Rahim Dar, 80 year old heart patient of Sopor Kashmir died after the ambulance carrying him to hospital was stopped by army for continuous use of its siren. Such incidents are a daily occurrence and braving unprecedented harsh realities has made people receptive and enduring.
Sixty six years of unrest and political turmoil resulted in poverty, uncertainty and fear forcing people to fight for survival. In desperation human trafficking, child labour and youngsters falling prey to drug habits have reached epidemic proportions in Kashmir. Incidents of rapes of women and vulnerable section of society’s minor girls is a worrying factor as the perpetrators even after being identified are never punished.
India´s Business Standard quoting filmmaker Vishal Bharadwaj saying that "suffering of Kashmiri people is the biggest human tragedy of our time". Bharadwaj had to cut short shooting his film on Kashmir University campus following a protest by students. However he assured students that his film ´Haider´ would be a real depiction of the pain people have gone through for decades. Bharadwaj, reportedly, lamented the negative portrayal of Kashmir in Indian movies, saying "he feels ashamed".
In a spate of disappearances in and outside of the State of Kashmir, yet another young man of 24, Ishtiyaq Ahmed Shah mysteriously disappeared form a hotel in Jammu, a small hilly border town of Kashmir having sizeable Hindu population. A desperate and frantic effort for the search did not yield any results and Ishtiyaq’s family helplessly have to endure pain and agony inflicted by callous perpetrators.
Another Kashmiri victim Amin Ganaie targeted reportedly disappeared and hasn´t been traced since November, 2013. Amin´s father in frustration said, "I have been roaming from pillar to post to trace my son but nobody from civil and police administration is cooperating or helping me. We registered a complaint at Mahindra Park police station in Delhi but Delhi police did not take the matter seriously,"
Kuwait News Agency describes the unrest in Kashmir saying that situation in Kashmir continues to deteriorate as there has been a considerable increase in attacks by Kashmiri militants fighting India army. There have also been violent clashes on the ceasefire line of armies of two nuclear armed neighbours on regular basis. In the recent past, exchange of fire forced people living on either side of the de-facto line of control to flee their homes for safer places.
European Union has reaffirmed its commitment to the settlement of disputes by peaceful means in accordance with international law, bilateral agreements and the principles of the UN Charter. The salient features of the Resolution of European Parliament (May 24, 2007) on more than six decades Kashmir conflict highlights armed conflicts between India, Pakistan and the one India had with China quoting sources saying eighty thousand lives lost, the dispute now includes international terrorism, continuation of human right violations, killings and rapes in an atmosphere of impunity.
The resolution stresses that peace can be achieved jointly by constant engagement between India and Pakistan involving people of state of Kashmir, and an honest effort can promote a genuine breakthrough in seeking a resolution of the Kashmir dispute. While deploring the continuing political and humanitarian situation, emphasising the aspirations of the people, the need for a political settlement of the issue has enhanced, not diminished and the relevance of the United Nations remains an important forum for dialogue and diplomacy.
Manisha Gangahar, a writer, researcher journalist visits Kashmir and records narratives of a cross-section of populace allowing her to probe deep into the hearts and minds to gauge an average Kashmiris point of view. Manisha in her book Kashmir´s Narratives of conflict Identity lost in space and time minces no words depicting an expressed opinion, in view of the narratives, that India and Kashmir are two separate entities. While compiling as many original thoughts as possible, Manisha, perhaps inadvertently, ignores or misses out on the fact that population en masse without any inhibition extrovertly display longing for independence of their motherland and that is why the stone pelting teenager when asked why? He, in a retaliatory tone, retorted "pelting stones at Indian army gave him satisfaction, consolation and solace”