Lift the lockdown in Kashmir
Living under siege
Families have been torn apart as they live under siege in Kashmir.
This is the human cost of the government crackdown and it cannot be ignored.
The decades of political battle over Kashmir have affected its people more than anybody else, and now more so than ever before.
For an entire month now, life has been derailed for the people of Jammu & Kashmir. While the region of Jammu has begun to see an easing of the lockdown in many districts, most of Kashmir still remains under a communications blackout.
Eight million people affected
The communications blackout has created an information black hole in Kashmir.
Sketchy reports highlight a number of worrying human rights violations. We’ve seen torture, medical emergencies, mass arrests and detentions and children and young people being picked up in the middle of the night.
Protesters speaking out against the latest wave of government oppression have been met by security forces firing tear gas, rubber bullets and pellet guns in an attempt to suffocate all opposition.
Near total control
The region is now the most militarised zone in the world.
On 5 August 2019, the Indian government revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir through a series of amendments in the Parliament. All these decisions were taken without consulting the political leaders or the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Many political leaders across the political spectrum were also allegedly put in administrative detention and continue to be in custody without charge or trial.
Together we must continue to make sure the people of Kashmir aren’t forgotten.
Send an instant email now to the governor of Jammu and Kashmir to end the communications blackout. Let Kashmiri voices be heard again.