The Indian government’s revocation of the autonomy and special status of Jammu and Kashmir “violates the rights of representation and participation guaranteed to the people” under the Indian constitution and in international law, and “is a blow to the rule of law and human rights in the state and in India”, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said in a statement.…
“The Indian government has pushed through these changes in contravention of domestic and international standards […] accompanied by draconian new restrictions on freedoms of expression, assembly, and travel, and with an influx of thousands of unaccountable security personnel,” said ICJ Secretary General Sam Zarifi in the statement.
“The legality of the Indian government’s measures to eviscerate Article 370 will certainly be tested before the Indian judiciary, which should look closely at the serious violations of proper legislative and constitutional processes,” Zarifi said. “All eyes are now on the Indian Supreme Court to fulfill its functions in defense of the rights of people of Jammu and Kashmir and the Indian constitution.”…
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- Kashmiri Pandits, Dogras and Sikhs Sign Petition Condemning Abrogation of Article 370 (Aug 10, 2019, The Wire)
- Kashmir: A Coup Against the Constitution and Kashmiri: PUCL (Aug 7, 2019, Sabrang India)
- Media’s ability to report fairly, accurately compromised in Kashmir Valley: Editors Guild (Aug 10, 2019, Indian Express)