USA, EU and UK fully backed Amnesty International work in India

The United States, European Union and United Kingdom have shown their deep concern over the illegal freezing of bank accounts of Amnesty International in India last month.

The US State Department, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom Foreign Office issued statements expressing concern over the government’s decision to freeze the Amnesty’s funds that forced the international human rights agency to close its office and suspend human rights work in India.

The European Union 9EU) had been the first which publicly expressed their reservations over the Indian actions. EU spokesperson for foreign affairs and security policy Nabila Massrali said that “Not prejudging the outcome of any investigation or judicial proceedings, the European Union highly values the work of Amnesty International worldwide and hopes that the matter will be resolved allowing Amnesty to continue its activities in India without interruption,”.

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OIC and Kashmir Issue

The Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan has attracted attention at various multilateral forums, including the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and has become an intrinsic feature in Pakistan’s diplomacy to muster support against India in the Islamic world. Pakistan has consistently highlighted the human rights violations by India in Kashmir at international forums which dismay India many times.

On Aug. 5, 2019, India unilaterally ended the special states of Kashmir and revoked the Article 370 and 35A. The illegal and ill-thought steps by India have created an opportunity to expose across the globe including among Islamic world.

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OIC Seeks Peaceful Resoulation of Kashmir, Stresses for Daoilouge Between India and Pakistan

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation-OIC 14th summit will be held on 31 may in Makkah. The custodian of two holy mosques, King Salman invited 57 OIC member states for the summit. According to the foreign ministry of Pakistan OIC is “a valuable platform to exchange views and deliberate on a range of political, economic and security issues of interest to Islamic countries”.

PM Imran Khan among other leaders will be delivering a key note speech at the summit, PM’s speech will focus on Solidarity and unity among Muslim nations, support for the Muslim causes including Jammu and Kashmir, countering Islamophobia and on educational and scientific excellence among Muslim nations. Foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrived in Jeddah on Tuesday, attended OIC council of foreign ministers meeting to draft and finalize the agenda ahead of the leaders’ summit in Makkah.

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Kashmir Continues to Slip Away from India

Burhan Wani is to Kashmir what Gandhi was to India: the catalyst that led to eventual freedom for an entire nation. Wani and Gandhi gave direction and certainty to freedom movements that long existed before them but never seemed definitive until these two men emerged. Gandhi lived to see freedom, but it was Wani, killed by Indian occupation army execution-style in an extrajudicial murder, who sealed Kashmir’s fate in death.

Make no mistake: Wani is one of those men who probably changed the course of history for his people. The protests that rocked Kashmir after his death on July 8, 2016, forced the United Nations to end its silence on Kashmir conflict, led to unprecedented international media coverage, and considerably loosened India’s grip on the strategic region.

There is so much that has changed in Kashmir– thanks to Wani. The latest example came just four days prior to New Year 2018 when New Delhi forced the half-million employees of its puppet-government in Kashmir to post pro-India content on social media to shore up Indian image in the valley. The order, issued in Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir, also warned government employees against posting anything ‘anti-national’; code for India-bashing. The social media gag was “an obnoxious, tyrannical and unacceptable insult to employees”, Junaid Azim Mattu, spokesman for National Conference, a Kashmiri political party, said in a statement.

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They beat me in school because im Kashmiri

‘They Beat Me In School Because I Am Kashmiri’

On March 2, 2014, as Pakistan defeated India in a cricket match during the Asia Cup, the usual cheering for Pakistan brought a heavy price for Kashmiri students in mainland India.
This ‘grave crime’—cheering for a foreign team playing against India—led the management to expel 66 Kashmiri students from the College of Swami Vivekanand Subharti University of Meerut, on the outskirts of New Delhi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP).

UP is the most powerful state in the Indian union. It is the base of the Hindi-speaking ruling elite of India. The nation’s federal capital, New Delhi, is located within this state.

In recent years, UP has become notorious for other things, like the astronomical rise in Hindu extremist groups, and the embarrassing rise in rape cases against Indian women and foreign tourists.

Gulzar Ahmed, one of the 66 students expelled from the Meerut college, said that he and his colleagues did not do anything wrong. In fact, local Indian students attacked the Kashmiri students with stones and verbal abuse after the match. The college administration, in Gulzar’s words, instead of taking action against the attacking Indian students, took the Kashmiri students to a local bus stand and told them to leave for Kashmir.

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Punishing Kashmiris For Hoisting Third-Country Flag

Human rights activists worldwide are facing a new legal question in Kashmir: If Kashmiris raise the national flag of another country, say Pakistan, during peaceful protests, can India’s occupation administration try them under Indian national laws on sedition?
Recently we saw few incidents in Indian Occupied Kashmir where hoisting of National flag of Pakistan caused trouble to the administration & Government of India. Firstly Indian police registered an FIR against Jammu and Kashmir leader Asiya Andrabi for unfurling Pakistan flag on its national day in Srinagar and now Masrat Alam has been arrested in the case registered in police, connection with the provocative actions during the rally where Alam hoisted the National Flag of Pakistan.

If we look into the recent history of Indian Occupied Kashmir, hoisting of Pakistani flags is not new, whenever Kashmiris get a chance and whenever they have to show their love towards Pakistan and express their hatred against India, Kashmir turns Green. Hoisting of Pakistani flag has not just been seen during the political rallies in Kashmir, but Pakistani flags get hoisted on 14th of August (Independence Day of Pakistan), 23rd March (National Day of Pakistan) and during every Match Pakistan play or wins against India. Those wearing green shirts during the Cricket world cup were not any political workers, they are common Kashmiri youth. Those Kashmiri students expelled from their university and threatened with sedition charges because they cheered for the Pakistani cricket team during a televised match against India, are the new generation representing the sentiments of Kashmiri youth.

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Killing Kashmiri Youth During Peaceful Protests

Killing Kashmiri Youth During Peaceful Protests

Unarmed Kashmiris who choose the option of peaceful protest to demand political rights face extra-judicial killings, illegal detentions and house arrests, gang rapes, student expulsions and beatings at Indian colleges, targeted killings of young men, and enforced disappearances by Indian occupation forces.
On 21st May 2015, 16-year-old Hamid Nazir Bhat casually took part in a peaceful protest against Indian military presence in Raipora Palhalan, District Baramula. The activity included sloganeering and carrying placards.

What was the Indian occupation police response?
Here is the report of The Hindu, one of India’s largest daily newspapers, posted on 25th May 2015, and titled, ‘Police Pellets Blind a Kashmir Teen’:

“Hamid Nazir Bhat, 16, has lost vision in his right eye pierced by pellets, and nearly a hundred of these tiny iron balls have pierced his skull, jaws, lips, nose, and brain. The police fired them during a protest in his village, Palhalan, in north Kashmir on Thursday.”

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Impunity continues in Kashmir

Impunity Continues In Kashmir

The first six months of the year 2015 prove to be disastrous for the civil rights of nearly thirteen million Kashmiris living under Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir. The territory remains at the center of an international dispute for the 67th year, with close to two dozen United Nations resolutions waiting implementation, and more than half-million Indian soldiers deployed in one of the most militarized zones in the world.
While awareness and civil rights improve worldwide thanks to education and technology, Kashmir is seeing backward march as India tries to dampen Kashmiri demands for freedom and end to military occupation. New Delhi’s choice methods to do are to restrict education options for young Kashmiris, and to impose censorship on electronic and social media.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hailed as a business-friendly leader, though his country remains to stall opening up in trade negotiations with Europe, United States and China. He was elected in a one of the largest electoral exercises in the world, in terms of the overall number of voters in densely populated India. But this has not translated into more civil rights for Kashmiris who live under Indian control.

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