The club lashed out at India for violating the rights of the journalists in Kashmir. A press release dated August 22 by the club announcing the award quotes the club president: “It is completely unacceptable for India to violate the basic human rights of reporters and to deny the people of Kashmir access to unfiltered information through an unfettered press.”
Under Section 14 Public Order Act 1986, the Scotland Yard has restricted the protestors from taking the procession to outside Indian High Commission a short distance from the Parliament Square.
Tensions in Kashmir, the disputed Himalayan region divided between Pakistan and India but claimed by both in its entirety, have escalated in recent weeks following a decision by New Delhi to downgrade the Indian-administered area’s semi-autonomy.
Of the total mobile phone base of over 60 lakh in Kashmir, BSNL has nearly 80,000 postpaid phones operating in Kashmir. Over 5,000 postpaid mobile phones of government officials and police are already functional.
Ask Jeremy Corbyn to attend the UNHRC to demand the restoration of basic human rights including the freedom of speech and communication, the lifting of curfews, and to allow the humanitarian aid organisation and international observers to enter the region.
He also directed them to hold Parent-Teacher meet on October 01 in all Schools across the valley and also finalize all the modalities for opening schools and colleges in coordination with district administration across Kashmir Division.
Pressing upon Pompeo to tell the Indian government “to immediately lift the communications blackout and adhere to international human rights standards in Jammu & Kashmir”, they give instances of how amidst communications blackout there are “increasingly disturbing reports of human rights abuses.”
A daughter of former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir called on world leaders to intervene to help the people of the region, who are facing “economic, humanitarian, psychological and health crises.”
The team visited Srinagar and several villages in the districts of Shopian, Pulwama and Bandipora. Their report incorporates eyewitness accounts of the restrictions imposed on the people since the Centre’s abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian constitution which granted autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir. The names of the eyewitnesses were changed to protect their identities.
The resolution also calls for Corbyn to meet the high commissioners of both India and Pakistan to ensure there is “mediation” and restoration of peace and normality to prevent a potential nuclear conflict.