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I cannot say that in Kashmir many moments occurred which reminded me of my native, quiet, suburb of Paris. But surprisingly, one situation certainly did.

A policeman frisking a Kashmiri in Srinagar. Photograph by Shahid Tantray While being away from home, it is not rare to find fragments of foreign experience reminiscent of moments lived at home. These déja vu of similar taste, smell or situations can not be predicted. Their instantaneous familiarity proves that you experienced that feeling before. One will keep wondering until their origins can be identified. I cannot say that in Kashmir many moments occurred which reminded me of my native, quiet, suburb of Paris. But surprisingly, one situation certainly did. It wasn’t the most expected one. Along with my Kashmiri

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  Today on the International Day on Enforced Disappearances, Jammu and Kashmir’s Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) staged a peaceful sit-in protest at Pratap Park, Srinagar. Scores of family members of disappeared persons participated in the peaceful protest that was also attended by Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik who expressed solidarity with the families of the victims and said that his organization would always support the APDP which is fighting for a just cause. The family members whose loved ones are involuntarily disappeared at the hands of the Indian forces during the turmoil in

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Displaced women and children from Dao, San Fernando, Bukidnon seeking sanctuary at the evacuation camp they have erected in front of the Provincial Capitol of Bukidnon in Malaybalay City. Photograph by Richard Gadit Touted as the ‘Land of Promise’ because of its rich natural resources, Mindanao is home to more than a half of the estimated mineral wealth in the Philippines, which amounts to an approximation of 12.6 Billion US Dollars. The ninth largest island in the world has the largest reserves of copper, gold, aluminum and iron, inviting the world’s biggest extractive industry players—BHP Billiton, Xstrata, Anglo-American, Sumitomo, Rio

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Thirteen years since the Pathribal Fake Encounter in Indian-controlled Kashmir’s southern region, in which five people were killed, the Indian army has closed the case now, citing “the evidence recorded couldn’t establish a prime-facie case against any of the accused.” The five men were killed, as “foreign militants,” five days after the killing of thirty-five Sikh community members in Chattisinghpora, on 25 March 2000. However, locals had raised protests that the killed men were civilians which led to exhumation of their bodies. The government then ordered a judicial enquiry and later the case was transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of

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By Ikram Ullah Kashmir needs no introduction to the people on watch for the Human Rights violations in the conflicts around the world. They must have heard, researched and reported on the killings, desaparecidos, unmarked graves, fake encounters, custodial killings, illegitimate arrests, rapes and the worst of crimes against humanity that turn people immune to the emotions or inculcate in them the ability to control their emotions when common people breakdown,  the same way most doctors turn immune to emotions for the  patients. But go the village called Kunan Poshpora, located in the Kupwara district of Northern part of Kashmir

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The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR)- an India based group, has welcomed the report “Alleged Perpetrators” released by the International Peoples’ Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-Administered Kashmir (IPTK) and Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP)  about the continuous impunity enjoyed by the paramilitary forces and the police in the Jammu and Kashmir. PUDR, in its statement, acknowledges that this is the first ever study in India which has broken the cover of anonymity which protects the perpetrators by raising the principle of ‘individual criminal responsibility’ which is well established under International Criminal Law starting with

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Last two decades of Indian-held-Kashmir have gone through number of cases of torture, humiliation, fake encounters, disappearances, molestations, sexual assaults and other forms of harassment. Showkat Ahmad, 36, still remembers three months of torture in the torture centers, Papa-2 and Gogaland. Showkat is from downtown area Srinagar and was 16-years-old when he was arrested in a cordon in December, 1992. He remembers every torture he went through. Last twenty three years have added in the vocabulary of Kashmir some infamous names of torture centers like Gogaland (Zovjah), Hari Niwas, Papa-2, Papa-1, and Papa-4 (Hotel 4). All these centers had their

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Jaleel Andrabi By Dr. Sheikh Showkat Hussain Conflict ridden areas often remain associated with large scale human right abuses. These assume horrifying proportions with highest degrees of militarization. States tend to conceal the human right situation through restrictions on media intimidations and targeting of human right activists. International groups working for human rights are not allowed to visit these areas.  The security apparatus is secured from judicial scrutiny through legislative protections. Shielded from prosecution for human rights abuses the military and police apparatus becomes more lethal in targeting the rebellious population and those who work for human rights. This becomes

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Angana Chatterji Interviewed by David Barsamian San Francisco: Among the many issues plaguing South Asia none is as violent and deeply contested as Kashmir. The major unresolved issue of the disastrous British partition of India in 1947, Kashmir has been the site of wars and the threat of wars, and probably the world’s longest and most extensive military occupation. India brooks no international meditation to address the problem. What’s the problem? A lot of Kashmiris don’t want to be part of India. They didn’t in 1947 and they don’t, probably in even larger numbers, today. The U.S., champion of human

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Bodies of rebels after an encounter with Indian army in Kashmir. Photo. wn.com Peoples Union for Democratic Rights is outraged at the brazen claim advanced by the Indian Army that let alone sanction for prosecution, no civil administration can even register a FIR against army personnel without sanction of the Central government. During the hearing on CBI’s complaint against the army for shielding their personnel accused of fake encounter (following the Chattisinghpora massacre of thirty-six Sikhs on 19-20 March 2000), the Supreme Court questioned the army about it. The Court asked why the Army neither let the civil court prosecute

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