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European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France. Photograph courtesy: UNHCR By Marie-Bénédicte Dembour, University of Brighton As the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean continues, the public outcry against deaths at sea has forced the European Union (EU) into response mode. EU officials and member states have promised to do something about the situation. Alongside discussions about resettlement agreements, there are proposals to destroy the boats used by migrant smugglers before they can leave Libya. But this highly controversial use of force would be problematic and counterproductive on a number of levels. One of its many problems is that the destruction

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A prosecution witness in a case involving three bombings in Mumbai in 2002 has accused police of torture. The witness recently told a special court in Mumbai that the police forced him to drink the urine of an accused and have “sex with a stray dog” while he was in custody 12 years ago. According to a report in The Indian Express, after he was arrested by the police, the man was made to drink from a gutter, drink urine of an accused and also have sex with a stray dog. The daily quotes from the witness’ statement: “I was made to drink gutter water

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Family members of a Power Development Department employee, Muhammad Ramzan, on Thursday alleged that a counter-insurgency party after raiding their house thrashed them mercilessly during night. The incident sparked a massive protest in Batapora, Wanpora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. An elderly woman Raja Begum wife of PDD employee Muhammad Ramzan Teli told CNS that a Special Operation Group party from Budgam headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police Operations barged into their house during day time and started enquiring about her husband Muhammad Ramzan and son Parvez Ahmed. “They left the place after I informed them Ramzan and Parvez are

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Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir: Noted human rights activist and writer, Gautam Navlakha today termed the hanging of Parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru’s hanging as a “historic blunder” on part of New Delhi,  saying, it gave a message to Kashmiris that Government of India is not interested in any kind of democratic or political solution of the Kashmir issue. “Solution of the Kashmir issue as per wishes of Kashmiris is important for the well being of entire south Asian region. By hanging Afzal Guru New Delhi sent across a negative message to Kashmiri people that it is not interested in democratic

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By News Desk | Srinagar, Kashmir A local court in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday asked the police for further investigation into the allegations of mass rape of women in North Kashmir’s Kunan Poshpora village. In the 23 year old case of the mass rape on 23-24 February 1991, a local court of the Judicial Magistrate Kupwara J. A. Geelani, while dismissing the conclusions made by the police in the recently filed closure report returned the case file to the police, asking for further investigation to unravel the identity of those who happen to be perpetrators. The court also

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A seminar was held on the ninth death anniversary of Aasiya Jeelani, in Srinagar, Kashmir, in which a topic, ‘Institutional violence: The Indian state in Jammu and Kashmir’, was debated. Photograph by Zuhaib Mohammad Khan By News Desk | Srinagar While addressing a seminar on ninth death anniversary of Aasiya Jeelani at Srinagar on Saturday, noted human rights activist Gautam Navlakha said that though the people of Kashmir have shunned path of violence ‘their voices still go unheard’. He held the Government of India responsible for ‘provoking’ youth in the Valley. Speakers from eleven states of India and Kashmir paid

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Prisoners inside the Guantanamo Bay. It became the unfortunate home for the refugees from Cuba and Haiti caught in the International waters during 1970s and continued the monomania through the half of 1990s when the last Haitian refugee was released in 1995 after being declared unlawful by Sterling Johnson Jr., a United States District Court Judge. The Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba turned into a flagrant rough-house of boisterous abuse and victimization after its initiation in 2002 as the detainment facility for the suspects caught during the United States’ so-called “War on Terror’. During the past 11 years of its existence as a notorious prison facility for counter terrorism

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By News Desk Underscoring the need to punish the military and paramilitary forces for the heinous crimes they had allegedly committed in Kashmir, renowned writer and social activist Arundhati Roy Friday said Indians would suffer in future for what the people of Kashmir had gone through over last two decades.Roy accused India of not being serious in punishing the military, paramilitary, police and government backed gunmen who had been declared accused in various heinous crimes. “Troops and paramilitary troops involved in various heinous crimes including custodial killings, disappearances, rapes and declared accused through FIRs and other reports have evaded action

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It has been more than twenty years of the gateway to our road of the massacres. It was this day, twenty three years ago, when the youngsters couldn’t stand anymore at the crossroads. When people couldn’t bear the humiliation anymore and they came out without any fear. When the shackles of forcible enslavement were twisted and cracked. When the rivers knew they would be flowing with blood. When the graveyards knew they would run out of soil. It was this day that started it all. Jagmohan, the notorious Indian official was appointed as the Governor of Jammu Kashmir on January

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This is the statement issued by the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) in Kashmir. On 30th August 2012, APDP submitted 507 cases of enforced disappearances from Baramulla and Bandipora districts to the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) for investigations into the causes and circumstances which led to their disappearances. APDP had urged SHRC to investigate whether these people are dead or alive and if they have been killed, then it should be ascertained whether these people have been buried in unmarked graves and mass graves in entire Jammu and Kashmir through DNA tests. Initially the state government and SHRC

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