‘FALAH Monitor’ on human rights situation in the ‘Indian-Administered Jammu and Kashmir’ – Time period (5 August 2019 – July 2020)

‘FALAH Monitor’ on human rights situation in the ‘Indian-Administered Jammu and Kashmir’ – Time period (5 August 2019 – July 2020)

Preface of the Report

FALAH Monitor is our mechanism that looks into grave human rights situations around the world. This reports focus is on the Indian-Administered Jammu and Kashmir, due to the emergency imposed in the disputed territory post August 5th, 2019. Jammu and Kashmir dispute is one of the oldest disputes on the United Nations Security Council agenda. In the years 2018 and 2019, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights published two Jammu and Kashmir reports, encapsulating the legal aspects of the dispute as well as shedding light on the gross human rights violations against Kashmiris. These reports echoed the United Nations stance of a free and fair plebiscite under UN auspices in the whole state of Jammu and Kashmir. The state of Jammu and Kashmir (under Indian control) was bifurcated and its status changed by India – abrogating article 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution. It has been accompanied by ensuing legislations and administrative decisions including Jammu and Kashmir Re-organization Order and Domicile Rules. Independent observers believe that these steps are a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions, international human rights and humanitarian law as well as bilateral agreements between India and Pakistan. The human rights situation in the Indian-Administered Jammu and Kashmir has plummeted since August 5th, 2019, with the imposition of curfew and internet and telecommunication blockade. The media and civil society reports reveal horrendous human rights abuses against Kashmiris in the Indian-Administered Jammu and Kashmir in the reporting period.

Methodology

This report is based on reports of reputable international media groups/ newspapers/ magazines. We have compiled the media reports at one place to make a depository of relevant reports. Our objective is to help the policy makers, human rights machinery and others to critically analyse the available information and reach to an informed decision. Moreover, through this report, we aim to document the available information. The stories of those who have suffered during the last one year must be heard and remembered. This is the least that can be done. We have given due credits, citations and references to each report/ story, categorising them under the relevant sections – based on the name of the Newspaper, Media group, magazine etc.

Following News papers/ publications/ groups have been referenced in the report:

  • Aljazeera
  • BBC
  • CNN
  • The Washington Post
  • The Economist
  • Committee to Protect Journalists
  • Foreign Policy
  • Huffington Post
  • The Japan Times
  • The New York Times
  • Reuters
  • TRT World

Complete Report can be downloaded at the following link

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The following pictures are taken from the news stories of the publications which have been quoted in the report

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