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Kashmir and Crimea Lastupdate:- Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:30:00 GMT GreaterKashmir.com

Kashmir and Crimea Lastupdate:- Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:30:00 GMT GreaterKashmir.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

"....Webb upholds the right of Kashmir to secede from Indian Union on “Just cause theory”. He  claims that since the act of  accession of State to India, without knowing the will of his subjects, there has been a wide gulf between India’s democratic and secular ideals  and the reality of it’s relationship with Srinagar. This has led to various bouts of disillusionments, the first of them as early as the 1950s. Persistent calls for Kashmiri secession have only intensified through the next three-and-a-half decades as disenchantment with assertive Indian actions mounted and finally took a violent turn in November 1989.He says that Kashmir has been treated unjustly & unfairly since inception. He cites reports by Amnesty International (1998, 2008 and 2011), Asia Watch and Physicians for Human Rights (1993), which have detailed arbitrary arrests, beatings, electrocution, intentional destruction of property, rape, torture, execution. To further substantiate his case, Webb also discusses the notorious Armed Forces Special Powers Act of 1990 and the Prevention of Terrorism Act, which have contributed to the detention without trial of an estimated 8000 to 20,000 Kashmiris. He cites presence of mass graves & enforced disappearances as proof enough of India’s  complicity in committing crimes against humanity rendering itself liable to international intervention & coercive action. Webb presents the two-decades of physical, psychological and sexual abuse resulting from the heavy-handed tactics of Indian security forces and the accompanying lack of legal redress as “perhaps the most compelling just cause for Kashmir’s secession.”
This book provides a new way of looking at the Kashmir dispute, by asking what these theories tell us about Kashmir, and in turn what the example of Kashmir allows us to learn about these theories. More importantly it lays a theoretical foundation for Kashmir’s right to secede from Indian Union. "

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Human rights body concerned over illegal detention in Kashmir jails

A team of State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) led by its member Rafiq Fida conducted inspection at almost all the jails of Jammu province including Central Jail Jammu and jails of Kot Bhalwal, Hira Nagar, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi from January 6 to 9

The team has found that some nationals of neighbouring countries were detained and have been languishing under preventive laws, without trial or whose cases have either culminated or they have been acquitted by the courts of law or have completed their term of conviction and are overstaying, in gross violation of human rights.   ....

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Kashmir aghast at unabated use of pellet, pepper guns

Kashmir aghast at unabated use of pellet, pepper guns | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In a blatant violation of International law and utter disregard for state-run human rights commission's directions, forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir continue to use lethal pellet guns to deal with anti-government protestors. Kashmir medical sources say nearly 50 youth have permanently lost eye sight in the last two years due to unbridled use of pellet guns by forces during pro-independence protests in this disputed Himalayan region....

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Kashmir: The key to peace

Kashmir: The key to peace | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

eadly skirmishes in the disputed region of Kashmir this month set India and Pakistan back at each other's throats.

Five soldiers were killed in the worst crisis in relations since the 2008 Mumbai attacks. But already, tensions are easing as the nuclear neighbours consider the bigger peace process.

The territorial dispute between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir region has claimed thousands of lives; and that death toll grew further this month. India even accused Pakistan of beheading one of its soldiers, and there was international concern that the dispute could escalate.  Now, three weeks on, people are once again crossing the border, and trade between the two sides is due to resume on Tuesday.

Kashmir has long been a flashpoint between the two nuclear-powered nations, with two wars being fought because of it.

Divided by the 'Line of Control', the problem of Indian-administered Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir remains one of the most intractable of modern times.

Now all the signs are that people living in the territory are tired of the conflict, and desperately hoping for a negotiated peace.....

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Human Rights violations in Kashmir

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...There are 23 United Nations resolutions on Kashmir, all asking for the resolution of the dispute, on the basis of right of self-determination for the people of Kashmir through a neutral mechanism of plebiscite under UN Administrator. In the light of UN resolutions, people of the state have been demanding their right of self-determination from the successive Indian governments. When ever, Kashmiri demanded their rights, Indian authorities unleashed a reign of terror on the unarmed innocent Kashmiri people. There have been massive human rights violations by Indian security forces in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. This suppression has been a routine matter with the Kashmiris. However, the most horrific phase of human rights violation in IOK has been in the decade of 1990s, where through the deployment of its 700,000 security forces, Indian security forces have killed over 93,000 Kashmiris, struggling for their right of self-determination. Various Human Rights groups, especially, the Amnesty International has identified the Indian brutalities on innocent Kashmiris....

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Kashmir: A Disputed Territory Date: 24 Apr 201

KashmirWatch - Latest News & In-Depth Coverage on Kashmir Conflict.
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Kashmir Solidarity Day observed

Kashmir Solidarity Day observed | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The day (February 5th) has been observed in Pakistan since 1990 to pay homage to Kashmiri martyrs and highlight the plight for their birth right to self-determination, promised to them by the international community under the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council. The day is observed as a public holiday. ...

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Two militants, one policeman killed in Kashmir fighting

Police officer Manoj Panditha said Tuesday that police believe men belonged to the Lashkar-i-Taiba militant group.
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I suspect Kashmir is rightfully owned by the Kashmiri people.....an independent and free Kashmir would end India's and Pakistan's selfish bickering....

 

Oh, and one man's 'militant' is another man's patriot....

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