‘Deeply Concerned’: UN Human Rights Chief on Kashmir After Art 370

Catch all the live updates on the crisis in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370.

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet raised the Kashmir issue at the 42nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, 9 September, saying that she’s “deeply concerned about the impact of recent actions by the government of India on the human rights of Kashmiris, restrictions on internet communications and peaceful assembly, detention of local political leaders and activists.”

"While I continue to urge the governments of India and Pakistan to ensure that human rights are respected and protected, I have appealed particularly to India to ease the current lockdowns or curfews,” she reportedly said.

  • Ailing CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami, who has been under house arrest for over a month in Srinagar, was shifted to AIIMS on 9 September
  • Pakistan PM Imran Khan on Friday, 6 September, said Kashmir is his country’s “jugular vein”
  • Lt General KJS Dhillon said on Wednesday that Pakistan is desperate to push terrorists into Kashmir to disrupt peace in the Valley

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2:34 AM, 28 Aug

After Criticism, Press Council to Tell SC It Does Not Approve Media Restriction

Faced with severe criticism over its move to intervene in a case in the Supreme Court over the curbs on communication in Jammu and Kashmir, the Press Council of India has decided to tell the apex court that it does not approve of any sort of restriction on the media and will give a detailed reply after its fact-finding panel submits a report.

The Council made its stand clear even as top media bodies such as the Editors Guild, Press Association, Indian Women's Press Corps (IWPC), Indian Journalists Union, Working News Camermen's Association and the Press Club of India, asked it to withdraw its application seeking intervention in the petition filed by Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor of Kashmir Times.

In the petition, Bhasin has sought the removal of restrictions on communication in Jammu and Kashmir, which she said were coming in the way of journalists' right to exercise their profession.

A group of PCI members had raised questions over the Council's move, saying they were not taken into confidence before or after the action by the media watchdog's chairman and retired Supreme Court Justice CK Prasad.

2:34 AM, 28 Aug

SC to Hear Batch of Pleas on Scrapping of Article 370 & Related Issues Today

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear petitions challenging the Centre's decision to abrogate Article 370, revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, today.

It will also hear petitions seeking the removal of other restrictions including the communications blockade in the state, which affecting journalists’ ability to carry out their jobs.

While the petition against the scrapping of Article 370 has been filed by advocate ML Sharma, National Conference MPs Mohd Akbar Lone and Justice (rtd) Hasnain Masoodi have challenged the changes made in the constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir.

IAS officer Shah Faesal, former JNU student leader Shehla Rashid and several others, including eminent persons like Radha Kumar, have joined them in the effort.

CPM leader Sitaram Yechury has also filed a petition asking for his party colleague Mohd Tarigami, who has been detained by the authorities, to be produced before the court.

All the matters relating to Article 370 and subsequent developments are listed for hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

3:16 AM, 28 Aug

Shah Faesal Was not Going to US to Study: J&K Police

Justifying the detention of bureaucrat-turned-politician Shah Faesal, the Jammu and Kashmir government has told the Delhi High Court that he instigated people gathered at the Srinagar airport against the sovereignty and integrity of the country.

Faesal had no student visa, though he claimed that he was going to the US for studies, the state government, through DIG, CKR, Srinagar, said in an affidavit.

The affidavit was filed in response to the former IAS officer's habeas corpus petition in which he alleged that he was illegally detained at the Delhi airport on 14 August and taken back to Srinagar, where he has been kept under house arrest.

3:49 AM, 28 Aug

Kashmir India's Internal Matter, No Room for Pak Interference: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, on Wednesday 28 August, extended support to the government on the front that Kashmir is India's internal matter and that no country, even Pakistan has no role in interfering with it.

"I disagree with this government on many issues. But, let me make this absolutely clear: Kashmir is India’s internal issue and there is no room for Pakistan or any other foreign country to interfere in it," Gandhi said in a tweet.

Rahul further went on to accuse Pakistan for supporting violence in the valley. Calling Pakistan the prime supporter of terrorism accross the world, Gandhi said that there is violence in Kashmir because Pakistan is supporting and instigating it.

Published: 28 Aug 2019, 08:17 AM IST
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