IHRC asks campaigners to write to the Secretary General of the UN and ask to take effective measures against the Indian BJP government.
On August 5 2019, the Indian government withdrew Article 370 of India’s constitution, which gave the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir partial autonomy. The article, abrogated in a cloak-and-dagger manner by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, was followed by the imposition of a stringent curfew in the Himalayan region and the snapping of phone and internet connections. On Tuesday 11th Nov, the worst lockdown in more than 70 years of the occupation of Kashmir entered its 100th day.
India’s latest move also included bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir into two “union” territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, to be administered by the federal government.
Conditions have worsened in Kashmir since August last year, when New Delhi stripped the region of its statehood and semi-autonomy, setting off widespread anger and economic ruin under a harsh security clampdown.
Since its occupation of part of Kashmir, India has had an atrocious human rights record in Kashmir, where forced disappearances, summary executions and rape are common practices. Kashmir is one of the most militarised places on earth. In the last few years, the Indian military has been accused of mass blindings with the use of pellet guns against civilians in the region.
In the most recent episode, government forces fired shotgun pellets and tear gas to disperse hundreds of Muslims participating in a Muharram procession, injuring dozens, witnesses have said.
The violence came about on Saturday – where nearly 97 percent of residents are Muslims – observed Ashura on Saturday, the 10th day of the Muharram month in the Islamic lunar calendar.
Further background information is available on the IHRC Kashmir Campaign and Resources page.
IHRC continues to call for the occupation of Kashmir to end, for India to withdraw all troops and stand by the 1948 UN call for a plebiscite of the people of Kashmir to determine their own political future. Campaigners are requested to contact the Secretary General of the UN and ask to take effective measures against the Indian BJP government.
Dear Antonio Guterres,
Re: recent escalations of violations in Indian occupied Kashmir
The recent reports coming out of Kashmir have caused serious concern. The Indian military have been using illegal means to target peaceful protestors. The use of pellet guns are against international laws and have led to maiming, blinding and killing people.
I request you to urgently contact the Indian government and demand they:
- immediately ends its violence;
- withdraws all military presence (both its recent surge and its pre-existing military occupation);
- helps facilitate the UN plebiscite demanded since 1948, for the people of the region to decide their sovereignty.
I look forward to hearing back from you regarding this urgent matter.
Please write the Secretary General and cc/ in the UN High commissioner for human rights:
Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the UN, firstname.lastname@example.org
UN High commissioner for human rights, Michelle Jeria