American news channel Cable News Network (CNN), in its report, has highlighted the survival of innocent Kashmiris who are facing worst human rights violation after Indian authorities imposed strict restrictions including communication blackout, withdrawl of internet services and freedom of expression.
In the report, the channel mentioned, “Imagine for a moment that nearly all residents of the US state of Virginia — population roughly 8.5 million — were blocked from communicating with each other or the outside world. Imagine that their movements within their neighborhoods were highly restricted due to military-enforced curfews and checkpoints. And imagine they could not access reliable information because, due to the clampdown, journalists were largely prevented from reporting or publishing the news. This may sound like the plot of a dystopian novel, but it is almost exactly what’s happening in the Kashmir Valley right now.”
Fortunately, senior US officials will have a golden opportunity to address this human rights crisis this week when Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells visit India for diplomatic meetings. They must take advantage, the channel urged.
It further added, “The blackout has left the rest of the world in the dark, too. Human rights organizations trying to track potential violations have struggled to reach or maintain contact with local sources; the Committee to Protect Journalists has only been able to reach one source currently in the region, and international news organizations have had difficulty accessing Kashmir. Most information has come from journalists and others who have been able to leave.”
In occupied Kashmir, the authorities continued to impose strict curfew and other restrictions on the 12th straight day, today, to prevent people from holding anti-India demonstrations. Millions of Kashmiris have been deprived of their liberties and fundamental rights during all these days. Internet broadband, telephones and TV channels continuclampdownously remain snapped.
The occupied territory remains cut off from the rest of the world.
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17 November, 2019