Annual Report - Forum for Human Rights in Jammu and Kashmir


Forum for Human Rights in Jammu and Kashmir, an independent body jointly led by former Delhi High Court Chief Justice AP Shah and former Union Home Secretary Gopal Pillai, released its fourth report on the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir. The title was, 'Three years. As a Union Territory: Human Rights in Jammu and Kashmir. A report by the forum said that anti-terrorism and sedition laws continue to be used disproportionately against local people, political leaders and journalists. The report further states that after the abrogation of Article 370, civilian casualties are unusually high in Jammu and Kashmir. Intimidation and arbitrary detention. Journalists and opposition leaders remain in detention for long periods as the Union Territory administration opposes their bail on flimsy grounds. Further, the report condemned the barring of Kashmiri journalists from traveling abroad, and described the incidents as " violates the principle of and raises concerns about gerrymandering. The report states that the commission has realigned several seats with new configurations of Hindu and Muslim majority constituencies, to create undue electoral advantages for the ruling BJP and disadvantage opposition parties in the region. can be removed. The report calls for immediate restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir and for assembly elections to be held according to pre-determined constituencies. The report also decried the recent attacks on Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley, saying they were carried out in an atmosphere of deep discontent among the communities, which was popularized by the film 'The Kashmir Files'. done by Growing sectarianism in the country also raises alarm bells of retaliation by militants and further threatens the security of the already vulnerable community of Kashmiri Pandits living in the valley. There has been no progress in implementing the Prime Minister's employment package for Kashmiri Pandits in the valley.