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May 21st, 2019 | By

Human Rights Groups Release First Comprehensive Report on Torture in Indian Administered Jammu & Kashmir; Case Studies Find 70% of Torture Victims are Civilians and 11% die during or as a result of torture. Download TORTURE – Indian State’s Instrument of Control in Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir



‘Breaking the silence’: Report documents torture in Kashmir

May 21st, 2019 | By

Rights bodies say India uses torture as ‘instrument of control’ to quash rebellion in Indian-administered Kashmir. By Rifat Fareed Prisoners in Indian-administered Kashmir have been subjected to abuse and torture, including “water-boarding, sleep deprivation and sexualised torture”, according to a report by two rights bodies. The 560-page report released on Monday mentions solitary confinement, sleep



Kashmir group seeks UN probe into torture by India troops

May 20th, 2019 | By

By Aijaz Hussain  A prominent rights group in Indian-controlled Kashmir is advocating for the United Nations to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate what it calls the endemic use of torture by government forces who have faced a decades-long anti-India uprising in the disputed region. The Jammu-Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society on Monday released



Thousands protest in Kashmir over rape of three-year-old

May 14th, 2019 | By

Police said the girl was hospitalised in critical condition on May 8 but her condition has stabilised. Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Indian-administered Kashmir, angered by the alleged rape of a three-year-old girl by a neighbour who lured her to a school bathroom, which escalated into intense clashes between protesters and



Kashmir Again at Crossroads

Apr 29th, 2019 | By

What Future Holds for Kashmir if BJP Wins Indian Elections 2019? Ishaal Zehra General elections are underway in India, and in next four weeks, 900 million people there will be eligible to cast a vote to choose their next Prime Minister. Polls predictions so far suggests the potential re-election of BJP with Modi in power



Kashmir web blackout: Shutdowns hit disputed region

Apr 17th, 2019 | By

The internet has been shut down in two towns in Indian-administered Kashmir. Researchers have found the disputed region has more web blackouts than anywhere else in the world, costing businesses billions of dollars. Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith reports.



From scholars into militants: Educated Kashmiri youths are joining an anti-India insurgency

Apr 17th, 2019 | By

By Joanna Slater SRINAGAR, India — He was the kind of professor students adored, always ready to help with books, advice or small loans. His colleagues in the sociology department found him reliable and ambitious, a scholar whose research on consumerism might propel him to a post elsewhere in India. So it was out of



‘Living here is expensive. Dying here is extremely cheap’: Kashmiri voters speak out

Apr 17th, 2019 | By

By Sugam Pokharel and Nikhil Kumar, CNN Kashmir resident Gulam Rasul has seen it all: Two wars between India and Pakistan which were sparked by the disputed region as well as dozens of other armed conflicts. Over the years, he’s given up dreaming for peace. “If you can’t give us peace, give us the bunkers



Pakistan ‘will accept’ decision of Kashmiris: Qureshi

Feb 8th, 2019 | By

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said “Pakistan will accept” the decision of the people of Kashmir through plebiscite. Qureshi was responding to the Sky News journalist Dominic Waghorn in an exclusive interview on World View whether Pakistan had plans to “liberate” Kashmir. Waghorn noted that “there are many in Kashmir who don’t want freedom



Kashmir – An 18-Month-Old Victim in a Very Old Fight

Jan 21st, 2019 | By

Renewed conflict in Kashmir is killing and blinding the young as politicians remain unwilling to find a just resolution to the old dispute. By Malik Sajad Mr. Sajad is a graphic novelist from Kashmir. = Malik Sajad, a writer and visual artist, is the author of the graphic novel, “Munnu: A Boy from Kashmir.”