What Is India News Service
Thursday, November 08, 2007


There have been repeated cases of violation of the Geneva Convention in Jammu and Kashmir.  Indian security forces have consistently violated humanitarian law, and do not often comply with its provisions regarding treatment of prisoners-of-war.   Rape continues to be a major instrument of Indian repression against the Kashmiri people while the majority of casualties in Kashmir are civilians.  The Indian authorities have also steadfastly refused to allow any independent monitoring of the situation. 

Human rights organizations are routinely denied permission to investigate in a free manner.  Although India has recently permitted an assessment visit by the International Committee of the Red Cross and another by the International Commission of Jurists, other organizations have had difficulties conducting public investigation.  The International Federation of Human Rights and the Amnesty International have also been denied permission to visit.  Newspersons have been attacked and arrested.  Humanitarian relief is limited as external agencies are not being allowed to provide medical assistance and other relief materials.  There are incidents of destruction of revered shrines and cultural places by the Indian forces.

Many cases of human rights violation stem from abuse of power under repressive laws and police/army brutality unleashed against the Kashmiri people.  They are taken into custody for acts that are legitimized by international human rights standards of free speech, freedom of association and assembly, and freedom of the press.  While many arrests are without any legal justification whatsoever, the Indian forces also depend on several laws to justify their acts of human rights violation. 

The Indian Government and the Indian Army have taken serious note of such Human Rights violations.  Enquiries have regularly been conducted and the guilty punished.  The Army has initiated programmes to build confidence for the military among the people.  Such measures have been welcomed by the people of J&K.


 State Government

 Divisional Commissioner

 High Court

Constitution, Law

• Article 370

• Human Rights Protection Act


• Chronology of Events 

• Tashkent Declaration 1966 

• Lahore Summit 1999 

• UN Resolution on Kashmir 

Human Rights

 National Human Rights Commission

• Kashmir International Relief Fund 

• Kashmir Council for Human Rights 

Indian Muslim Relief Committee 


• Kashmir Virtual Library

• Kashmir Stamps

• Mirwaiz of Kashmir


• India Today on Kargil 


• Jammu and Kashmir Tourism 

• Government Arts Emporium 

• Waterways Development Authority 

English Papers

• Kashmir Herald 

• Kashmir Observer 

• Kashmir Times 

• Daily Excelsior

• List of English, Urdu papers  


• Association of British Kashmiris 

• J & K Shia Association 

• Kashmir University Alumni 



Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today agreed that human rights violations were rampant in the Kashmir valley and custodial disappearances were also prevalent before the Congress took over the reins from the PDP two years ago. (Human Rights Violations Have Declined, Claims Azad , Tribune, Tejinder Singh Sodhi, Nov 08, 2007)

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf seemed to be one of the Bush administration's most valuable foreign friends after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when he denounced al Qaeda and the Taliban and joined the U.S.-declared war on terrorism. (Will Pakistan Turn Out Like Iran?, Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

The Union Government is unlikely to initiate steps to pull out or reduce troops in Jammu & Kashmir till late next year, as the security forces want to maintain present level of strength till Assembly elections in October 2008. ('No Troop Cut In J&k Till Assembly Polls', Pioneer, Rahul Datta, Nov 05, 2007)

The Indian army has vacated more than two dozen schools and hospitals it had commandeered as makeshift camps for nearly two decades in the Indian-held Kashmir, military said Friday. (Indian Army Vacates Ihk Buildings, Daily Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

Eight-five Indian soldiers have been found guilty of human rights violations in occupied Kashmir in the 18 years since a full-blown campaign against New Delhi’s rule erupted there in 1989, the army said on Friday. (India Punishes 85 Soldiers For Kashmir Rights Abuses , Dawn, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 03, 2007)

Internal turmoil in Pakistan and its President Pervez Musharraf's refrain against Islamist militants operating from its soil had not changed much on the ground as far as insurgence in Kashmir was concerned, the Army said today. (Militants’ Camps In Pok Intact: Army , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 02, 2007)

The Army is committed to upholding human rights while fighting militancy and there has not been a single custodial killing at its hands in the last one year, according to General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps . . . . (“Army Will Uphold Human Rights While Fighting Militancy” , Hindu, Shujaat Bukhari , Nov 02, 2007)

The charismatic and colourful Dr Farooq Abdullah is back in Srinagar to take charge of the National Conference after a five-year sabbatical. (Congress Looks At New J&k Options, Asian Age, Seema Mustafa, Nov 02, 2007)

Thousands of Indian troops will begin moving out of schools and hospitals in occupied Kashmir this week in a move to boost trust in the revolt-torn region after a fall in militant violence, authorities said on Monday. (Indian Troops To Vacate Hospital, School Buildings In Kashmir , Dawn, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 30, 2007)

The charge of the “booze brigade” in the Indian Army has led investigators to probe the army’s slush funds. (Booze Trail To Army Hush Money, Telegraph, SUJAN DUTTA, Oct 29, 2007)

Former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed here today hailed defence minister A. K. Antony’s announcement on security forces on internal security duty vacating all school buildings and hospitals in the state by November 30. (Mufti Hails Defence Minister’S Announcement, Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 29, 2007)

Benazir Bhutto knows how to press the right buttons when speaking to Western audiences through the mass media. (Pakistan And Its Prisoners Of Destiny, Hindu, Ramesh Thakur, Oct 24, 2007)

The Jammu and Kashmir Pharma Association has accused the state health ministry and the state pharmacy council of involvement in a scam in the allotment of drugs licences. The minister concerned has, however, denied all allegations. (Minister In Spot Over Drug Licences , Tribune, Tejinder Singh Sodhi, Oct 24, 2007)

If the idea behind the Central Right to Information Act, 2005, is to let the public have access to every possible information, then intention behind the J&K’s version of the Act, Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2007 . . . . . . (Rti Bill Antithesis Of Central Act , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 23, 2007)

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad here today sought media’s cooperation in reaching out to people across the country and lamented that news about the negative aspects of society overshadowed developmental issues. (Azad Urges Media To Highlight Development, Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 18, 2007)

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has said the State was heading for achieving ‘zero tolerance’ in human rights violations as there had been cases of custodial disappearances this year so far. (Aarti Dhar , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 18, 2007)

Let me tell you the story of two young officers commissioned in the army of two neighbouring countries in 1964. They both should have retired. ('It's Possible For Us To Have Military History Written Without Carrying Sensitive Material', Indian Express, Editorial, Indian Express, Oct 15, 2007)

The Sri Lankan government has gazetted a regulation banning Sri Lankans from entering into any arms deals whether in the country or abroad, Basil Rajapaksa, President Mahinda Rajapaksa's Advisor, told parliament on Tuesday. (Sri Lanka Bans Private Arms Deals, Hindustan Times, PK Balachandran, Oct 11, 2007)

The sage of the Renaissance Age, Erasmus, distinguishes between the "quiet" and "turbulent" periods of history. The turbulent periods may be short but they provide sharp contrasts to historical happenings. (Desire For Democracy, Hindustan Times, Hari Jaisingh, Oct 10, 2007)

October 26 will mark the 60th anniversary of Jammu and Kashmir’s accession to India following the self-confessed invasion of the state by Pakistan and later its annexation of the Northern Areas. This is part of the UN record. (60 Years Of Accession, Tribune, B.G. Verghese, Oct 01, 2007)


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