Srinagar, September 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops ransacked the house of close relatives of noted freedom activist, Riyaz Naikoo, during a nocturnal raid in Pulwama district. According to media sources, the troops raided the joint house of two brothers, Nisar Ahmed and Nazir Ahmed, in Beigpora village in Awantipora area of the district late Friday night and ransacked it. A local said the the troops barged inside the houses of Nazir Ahmed Naikoo and Nisar Ahmed Naikoo and carried out searches. During the searches, the local said that the troops ransacked the household goods. Meanwhile, Indian troops launched a cordon and search operation in Cheribugh area of Tral town in the district. Locals said that the troops sealed all the entry and exit points of the area and conducted searches many times. The troops also carried out a massive search operation in Sunari, Kembal and adjoining areas in Udhampur district of Jammu. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police arrested Hurriyat leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference (JKMC), Shabbir Ahmed Dar, from his residence in Sopore during a nocturnal raid.
According to media sources, the JKMC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said Shabbir Ahmed Dar is suffering from blood pressure and heart ailment but was not allowed even to take medicine along. He termed the arrest of party Chairman undemocratic and unjustified action, stating that using military might to muzzle the genuine voices would not sustain for long. Arrest of ailing leaders for no reason reflects the frustration of the authorities as they have failed to break the resolve of leadership and people of Kashmir towards the liberation movement. KASHMIR VOICE
Srinagar, September 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and other Hurriyat leaders and organizations have condemned the killing of youth by Indian troops in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, today. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a tweet message said, “Yet another bloody day in Kashmir, six more youth killed for involvement in resistance struggle based on justice. Our youth are being selectively killed and cordon and search operations are being carried out in a prolonged manner. The killings are an eye-opener for the international community.” Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party in a statement in Srinagar paid glowing tributes to the martyred youth. It said that the ongoing bloodshed in the territory was a result of the stubbornness and illogical approach of New Delhi. The irrational policies of India towards the Kashmir dispute are the main factors behind such bloodshed, it added. The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front-R leaders, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo and Advocate Ayoub Rathor, in a statement in Srinagar, paying tributes to the martyrs said, “Struggle of these youth against illegal control and oppression will always be remembered.” The patron of Jammu and Kashmir Mass Movement, Farida Behenji in a statement issued in Srinagar, paying homage to the martyred youth, said that the sacrifices of Kashmiris had centre-staged the Kashmir dispute at the global level. She said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs would definitely bring positive results soon. Hizbul Mujahideen in a statement issued in Srinagar also paid glowing tributes to the martyred youth and reiterated the Kashmiris’ resolve to take the ongoing liberation movement to its logical conclusion against all odds. KASHMIR VOICE
Leeds, September 15 (Kashmir Voice): A delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Right to Self-Determination Movement International led by its Chairman, Raja Najabat Hussain, met the shadow foreign minister of the Britain, Fabian Hamilton, and apprised him of the Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir.
According to media sources, a statement issued by the JKSDMI after the meeting said that the delegation told the shadow foreign minister that India had been hatching conspiracies to change the demographic composition of Jammu and Kashmir. It said that the members of the delegation asked him to support the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination movement and raise voice for the oppressed Kashmiris in and outside the British Parliament. As per the statement, the shadow foreign minister, Fabian Hamilton, talking to the delegation said that the people of Kashmir should be given their basic rights including the right to self-determination. The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Right to Self-Determination Movement International, Raja Najabat Hussain, on the occasion said that Indian troops were killing innocent Kashmiri youth on daily basis. He said that despite the use of brute force by Indian troops, the people of Kashmir had continued their just struggle for securing their right to self-determination. The delegation also included Sardar Abdur Rahman, Tariq Butt, Councillor Muhammad Rafique, Muzdalifa Ahmed and Safa Ahmed. KASHMIR VOICE
United Nations, September 14 (Kashmir Voice): The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has listed India among several countries in his report that details an alarming level of harsh reprisals and intimidation against those who cooperate with the UN on human rights issues.
The ninth annual report of the UN Secretary General details the level of retaliation against human rights defenders on a country-by-country basis, including allegations of killing, torture, arbitrary arrests, and public stigmatization campaigns, which also target victims of rights abuse. The report documents allegations of reprisals and intimidation in 38 countries, some of which are members of the Human Rights Council. Prior to officially presenting the report in the UN Human Rights Council next week, assistant rights chief, Andrew Gilmour, said the cases of reprisals and intimidation detailed in the report and its two annexes “represent the tip of the iceberg,” adding that “many more are reported to us”. “We are also increasingly seeing legal, political and administrative hurdles used to intimidate and silence civil society,” he said. The report points out that selective laws and new legislation are restricting and obstructing organisations from cooperating with the UN, including by limiting their funding capacity, especially from foreign donors.
In the context of India, the report states that in November 2017, two special procedures mandate holders expressed concern at the use of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act of 2010 to restrict the work of non-governmental organisations who seek to cooperate with the United Nations, for example, by refusing to renew or grant licenses. It says that the special procedures mandate holders drew attention to the revocation of the license of the Centre for Promotion of Social Concern (also known as People’s Watch) under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. In October 2016, the Ministry of Home Affairs had refused to renew the organization’s license to receive foreign funding and its bank accounts were frozen.
The report cited the cases of Henri Tiphagne, the Executive Director of the Centre for Promotion of Social Concern (CPSC) and the Centre for Social Development and its Secretary Nobokishore Urikhimbam. The cases of Kartik Murukutla, a member of the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society and Khurram Parvez, Chairperson of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances and Programme Coordinator of Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, were also mentioned.
According to the report, the fear of reprisals is not only visible in the field, where UN personnel often encounter people who are too-frightened to speak with them, but also at what would perhaps be regarded as safe spaces such as UN Headquarters in New York, Geneva and elsewhere. KASHMIR VOICE
Jammu, September 14 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, at least fifteen people were killed and several others were injured in a road accident in Kishtwar district, today.
The mishap occurred when an overloaded vehicle skidded off the road and rolled down into Chenab River in Thakrie area of the district. During the accident, fifteen people were killed while eleven others were wounded. The injured were shifted to a nearby hospital. KASHMIR VOICE