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INDIA KASHMIR PROTEST

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 18, 2009

INDIA KASHMIR PROTEST, originally uploaded by Bhat Abid.

An Indian police officer detains activists of Jammu Kashmir People’s Freedom League as they shout freedom slogan during a protest in Srinagar, Indian Kashmir, 11 June, 2009. Protests continued in Indian Kashmir against the deaths of two young women whom locals claim were raped and murdered by Indian soldiers.

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Re: -=Kashmir-Interchange=- Justice for Nilofer and Asiya

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 16, 2009

Dear Aditya

Time and again the cowardly act has once again being repeated. The Varn-Sankaras the EVILS of the society have once agian tried to repeate its EVIL agenda for thier EVIL motives to be furnished. Whosoever he be, should be brought to justice and exposed to the world to let the world know the real agenda of the EVIL. People in Kashmir blame armed forces and some people have pointed the fingure towards the same lot who acted cowardly in 1989-90 and vitimised Kashmiri Pandit women mercilessly. This is a Shameful act that desparately needed to be addressed, condemned and culprits to be booked without fail with immediate effect [No culprit was booked in previous cases as lots of criminals have been freed for the lack of evidence] so like in the previous cases go for a signature campaign this time as well so that the same can be voiced at the highest forums/ authorities. Sooner the better for us Kashmiris to wake up than act cowardly/ slowly. Some people have suggested International Human Rights orgs to intervene too, Let them know that there are lots of such cases pending since past 20 years. Our priority is to serve justice to innocents particularly women folks.

Aahee
Dalip Langoo

Victims of similar terror in 1989-90:
1. Girija Kumari Tiku who was gang-raped, and chopped into two equal halves on 11.6.1990;
2. Sarla Bhat gang-raped for 5 days;
3. Prana Ganjoo gang-raped and her breasts were chopped off at a band saw machine;
4. Mrs Babli met with similar fate;
5. Asha Koul too met with simlar fate;
6. Shrimat Roopawati same story;
7. Dr. (Mrs) Soni too met with same fate;
8. and many more henious cases of similar nature…… ………
9. and now Nelofar and Asiya?

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Kashmir: Conflict in a Peaceful Valley

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 16, 2009

Kashmir: Conflict in a Peaceful Valley

Activists from the Jammu Kashmir Salvation Movement (J.K.S.M.) hold placards during a Feb. 23 demonstration in Srinagar, Kashmir, against alleged human rights violations by Indian security forces. (Photo: Rouf Bhat / AFP-Getty Images)

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, identified Kashmir as one of the world’s hot spots and bracketed it with contested regions such as the Balkans and Golan Heights during her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations committee last month.

Likewise, in an interview with Time magazine in November 2008, President Barack Obama stated that “working with Pakistan and India to try to resolve the Kashmir crisis in a serious way” was one of the most “critical tasks” for his administration.

With worldwide attention once again focused on Kashmir, all major stakeholders in the region — Pakistan, India, Kashmiri separatists, religious extremists, and peacebuilders alike — are hoping that the renewed international spotlight can facilitate an end to the decades-long conflict that has resulted in over 80,000 deaths and hundreds of thousands of displaced people.

Contrary to widespread perceptions of a conflict-torn Kashmir, rife with military intervention and armed uprisings, the region remained relatively peaceful until a few decades ago when an armed struggle for separation from India started.

For the most part, Kashmir maintained a sense of communal harmony throughout the war in 1948, following Pakistan’s independence from British India in 1947. And although the Kashmiri region of Jammu was witness to the worst kind of massacre and exodus of Muslims to the neighboring areas of Pakistani-ruled Punjab during the war, this did not affect the daily life of most Kashmiris outside Jammu.

Kashmir is comprised of three distinct religions and regions — In Kashmir Valley, 98 percent of the population is Muslim; in Jammu, 60 percent of the population is Hindu; and in Ladakh, 49 percent is Buddhist. Kashmiris have always been proud of their diverse cultures, traditions and religions, with Hindus, Christians, Buddhists and Muslims living together in communal harmony. Even Gandhi lauded the Kashmiris for their peace-loving nature and called Kashmir “a ray of hope in the darkness.”

While the roots of the present conflict trace back to the time of partition, the more recent violent struggle began when Kashmiri Muslims, emboldened by the Afghan success in the fight against the Soviets, launched a similar movement against India in the late 1980’s.

The ensuing 18 years of armed revolt created religious divides where previously there were none, and caused 200,000 Kashmiri Hindus to flee the Valley. Eventually, however, the armed struggle waned, due to international pressure and decreased popular support for violent tactics in the wake of 9/11.

In 2008, mass uprisings in Kashmir began again when the Indian government proposed donating a large portion of Kashmiri land for a Hindu shrine. Kashmiri Muslims saw this as a plan to change the demographic of Kashmir, which would inevitably result in new Hindu settlements and began protesting against India. Despite some casualties, these protests remained largely peaceful.

On August 18, 2008, over half a million people took to the streets of Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir, and marched to the office of the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) at the Sonawar settlement in Srinagar, to remind the world that the issue of Kashmir was still pending.

These mass protests attracted support from Indian civil society groups and attention from the international community. Kashmiri stakeholders, including militant groups, enthusiastically welcomed this renewed international interest in the resolution of the Kashmir conflict. Even Syed Salahudin, chief of Hizb ul Mujahideen (the Mujahideen Party), on behalf of the United Jihad Council — a group of several militant organizations — stated that Obama and Rice’s statements were encouraging in bringing about a resolution to the Kashmir conflict.

In addition, the recently-elected chief minister of Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, said in his swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 5 that he wholeheartedly supported normalization between Islamabad and New Delhi, and publicly pledged that he would facilitate the settlement of the Kashmir issue.

While these non-violent demonstrations have attracted the world’s attention, given Obama’s recent acknowledgment of the conflict, words alone cannot help; concrete actions must be taken by the United States to facilitate lasting peace in the region.

As a first step, the Obama administration should appoint a special envoy to Kashmir. Indeed, the announcement was made at the end of January that the mandate of United States envoy to South Asia Richard Holbrooke would not include Kashmir, leaving the position open for someone else. This envoy should encourage India and Pakistan to include Kashmiri representatives in consultation, and promote dialogue between the two countries throughout the process.

By re-igniting the Pakistani-Indian peace process and engaging Kashmiris in dialogue — along with Pakistanis and Indians — the United States can provide assistance in resolving the Kashmir problem, which has thus far been a major hurdle in establishing peace in the region and fostering healthy relations between the two nuclear states.

Ershad Mahmud is a Kashmiri political analyst based in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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India minister raps Kashmir security personnel

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 16, 2009

SRINAGAR, India (AFP) — India’s home minister on Thursday demanded security personnel in Indian Kashmir respect human rights, officials said, amid accusations they raped and murdered two Muslim women.

The deaths of a 17-year-old girl and her 22-year-old sister-in-law have sparked fierce daily anti-India protests across the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley since their bodies were found in a stream on May 30.

P. Chidambaram arrived in the summer capital Srinagar on a two-day “detailed review of the security situation,” a statement said, which included meeting the state’s senior security and intelligence officers.

“The minister asked the officers to show zero-tolerance for human rights violations,” said one of the officers who attended the meeting, asking not to be named.

Indian officials initially insisted the two women had drowned, but the families of the victims have accused the security forces of abducting, raping and killing the women.

On Sunday, police said forensic tests showed they had indeed been raped.

Meanwhile Thursday, hundreds of government employees chanting, “punish the killers,” marched through the streets of Srinagar, wearing black bands on their arms.

The procession ended peacefully after several leaders of the employees addressed the marchers and called upon the government to speed up the investigations or face more agitation.

Authorities have placed top separatists under house arrest or put them in jail as demonstrations have threatened to turn into pro-independence marches that have so far claimed one life and left nearly 400 injured.

An insurgency against Indian rule in Kashmir has left more than 47,000 people dead over the past 20 years.

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Amnesty calls for "independent" probe over Indian rape in Kashmir

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 16, 2009

http://www.worldbul letin.net/ news_detail. php?id=43207

Amnesty calls for “independent” probe over Indian rape in Kashmir
Amnesty International has urged India to immediately carry out “fair and impartial investigations” into rape claims in Kashmir.
Thursday, 11 June 2009 14:58

World Bulletin / News Desk

Amnesty International has urged the Indian authorities to immediately carry out “fair and impartial investigations” into any involvement of Indian troops in the sexual assault and murders of the two women in Kashmir.

Also, protests against the rape and murder of two Kashmiri women continued for 12th consecutive day on Thursday in Shopian district.

All shops and business establishments, banks, government, semi-government offices, educational institutions continue to go on strike.

The deaths of a 17-year-old girl and her 22-year-old sister-in-law have sparked widespread protests in the Valley, including Srinagar, since their bodies were found in a stream on May 30.

Indian officials initially insisted they had drowned, but the families of the victims have accused the security forces of abducting, raping and killing the women.

On Sunday, police said forensic tests showed they had indeed been raped and have filed a case.

Amnesty International, in a statement, said “these protests are about the ongoing failure of the Indian government to bring members of the security forces to justice for serious human rights violations.”

Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’ s Asia-Pacific director. “Until the Indian government provides accountability for the conduct of the armed forces in Kashmir, it will continue to face discontent from the residents.”

“Authorities should ensure that security forces comply with international human rights standards on law enforcement, in particular those relating to the use of force to deal with protestors. Any instance of excessive use of force should be impartially investigated, ” said Sam Zarifi.

Kashmiris see India as an “occupier” and accuse the ruling of systematic violations, killing dozens of civilians in Himalayan region.

Tens of thousands of Muslims have been killed since pro-independent moves grew against Indian rule in 1989.

In 1948, the United Nations adopted a resolution calling for a referendum for Kashmir to determine whether the Himalayan region should be part of India and Pakistan. But India has rejected to hold referendum in Kashmiri territory.

Indian security forces have been accused in the past of human rights violations, including rape and extrajudicial killings.

Authorities deny any systematic violations and say all reports are investigated and the guilty punished.

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