Human Rights Commission of Pakistan condemns Kashmir siege

LAHORE, Pakistan: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has strongly condemned the Modi government’s unrelenting suppression of civil, political, and economic rights in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

In a statement on Tuesday, the HRCP said that as an independent human rights body with strong rights-based networks across South Asia and globally, it believes that the state of affairs in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) since August 5, 2019 has further destabilized the region and left its struggling population even more vulnerable to war and destruction.

In addition to persistent tension across the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan, the issue has led to the Sino-Indian border standoff.

The Kashmiris are battling constant curfews, illegal detentions, and extrajudicial killings.Kashmir siege - The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has strongly condemned the Modi government’s unrelenting suppression of civil, political, and economic rights in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. In a statement on Tuesday, the HRCP said that as an independent human rights body with strong rights-based networks across South Asia and globally, it believes that the state of affairs in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) since August 5, 2019 has further destabilized the region and left its struggling population even more vulnerable to war and destruction. In addition to persistent tension across the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan, the issue has led to the Sino-Indian border standoff. The Kashmiris are battling constant curfews, illegal detentions, and extrajudicial killings. The new domicile law for IOJ&K also suggests that the government in New Delhi is determined to compel demographic changes in the area to the detriment of Kashmiri citizens’ own rights.  The two-day curfew announced ahead of the first anniversary of the Indian government’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s autonomy is undemocratic and ill-intentioned. The HRCP calls on all regional and international players to support the human rights of IOJ&K’s residents and demands that the Indian and Pakistani governments resume the process of dialogue, with Kashmiris at the center of any negotiations and settlements.

The new domicile law for IOJ&K also suggests that the government in New Delhi is determined to compel demographic changes in the area to the detriment of Kashmiri citizens’ own rights.

The two-day curfew announced ahead of the first anniversary of the Indian government’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s autonomy is undemocratic and ill-intentioned.

The HRCP calls on all regional and international players to support the human rights of IOJ&K’s residents and demands that the Indian and Pakistani governments resume the process of dialogue, with Kashmiris at the center of any negotiations and settlements.