Kashmiris witnessed worst year of violence, humanitarian crisis perpetrated by Modi regime: Report

India defied the UN call, escalated war crimes policies in IIOJK

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ISLAMABAD – Indian occupational forces matured 474 Kashmiris in 312 CASOs, 124 Gunfights, 657 houses destroyed. The  deceased  include  65  civilians,  232  Armed  Rebels  and  177 Indian  occupying  forces. 2020  may  be  recorded  as  “Zero  year”  in  the  human  history  for  the COVID-19  pandemic  forced  most  of  global  citizenry  inside  their homes  to  save  themselves  from  the  deadly  infection. However,  for Indian-occupied  Kashmir,  this  year  added  more  complications  and saw  no  letup  in  atrocities  committed  by  the  Indian  occupying forces. This  annual  report  prepared  by  Legal  Forum  for  Oppressed  Voices of  Kashmir  (LFOVK)  on  the  situation  of  human  rights  in  Indian occupied  Jammu  and  Kashmir  covers  the  period  from  1  January  to 30 December  2020. 2020  saw  India  launching  a  broad-day  inhuman  attack  on Kashmir’s  civil  society,  raiding  residencies  and  offices  of  human rights  defenders,  journalists  and  civil society  organizations. The  year  witnessed  killing  of  177  Indian  occupying  forces  and  232 militants  besides  extrajudicial  killing  of  65  civilians  across  the  Undesignated  disputed  territory  of  Indian-occupied  Jammu  and Kashmir.

From  January  01,  to  30  December  2020,  the  Indian  occupying forces  launched  the  so-called  312  Cordon  and  Search  Operations (CASOs)  and  Cordon  and  Destroy  Operations  (CADOs)  which resulted  in  124  encounters  in  which  232  militants  died  fighting Indian occupying  forces. 177 Indian occupational forces were also killed during these encounters. During  encounters,  at  least  657  houses  were  vandalized  and destroyed  by  the  Indian occupying  forces. The  destruction  of  civilian  properties  during  encounters  saw  an increase  during  the  COVID-19  lockdown  enforced  by  the government;  an  entire  village  in  Budgam  district  was  vandalized rendering many  families  homeless  and without shelter. This  is  despite  the  fact  that  United  Nations  Secretary  General Antonio  Guterres  called  for  a  global  ceasefire  in  conflict  regions amid  the  COVID-19  pandemic. But,  as  usual  offender  of international  law  and  agreements,  India  defied  the  call  from world’s  highest office and continued  with  its  war  crimes  policies  in Indian-occupied  Jammu and Kashmir. 65  civilians  were  killed  in  different  violence  related  accidents included  extrajudicial  killing  of  3  laborers  in  Shopian  in  a  staged gun fight  by  Indian occupational  forces. This  year,  the  Journalists  working  for  Kashmir  and  international media  continued  to  be  at  the  receiving  end  of  the  pressure, intimidation  and  harassment  by  the  Indian  authorities. Many  journalists  were  booked  under  criminal  laws  while  one  still remains  behind  bars  amid  delayed  trial  by  the  government agencies.

Governing  authorities  launched  new  media  policy  in  which government now  holds  full control on newspaper  and magazines. 2020  witnessed  the  continuation  of  the  ban  on  high-speed  internet services  which  remain in  force since  August 5  2019. The  right  to  access  information  continues  to  be  severely  restricted in  Jammu  and  Kashmir  as  part  of  India’s  all-out  onslaught  against Kashmiris  as  there  were  141  instances  of  internet  blockades recorded from January  1  to December  30 2020. This,  amid  deadly  pandemic,  when  internet  was  of  utmost importance  for  health  authorities  as  well as  general  public. During  the  period  from  01,  January  to  30  December,  2773 persons were detained and arrested by Indian occupational forces and lodged  in  different jails  across  India. This year saw one  of  the  worst  assaults  on  human  rights  when  India rushed  its  agencies  to  Kashmir  which  raided  residencies  and  offices of Journalists,  human  rights  workers  and  civil  society organizations. In  early  November,  India’s  so-called  anti-terror  body  NIA  raided residence  of  Khurram  Parvez,  Parvaiz  Bukhari  besides  others. The raids were held on rights body’s offices, NGOs. This  is unprecedented  wherein  Journalists  and  human  rights  defenders are  put under  such  humiliation. Chairman Kashmir Committee, kashmir, Occupied Kashmir, President AZAD JAMMU AND KASHMIR

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