Project South, KLJP, KSCAN

March 2023

Originally published

Posted to KLJP on
March 20, 2023

In February 2023, Indian authorities continued their systematic repression and rights violations in Indian-administered Kashmir (IAK) with impunity. Indian authorities intensified their ongoing campaign of expropriation and destruction of civilian property, including homes and personal property. The Jammu & Kashmir administration utilized the heightened political disempowerment of the local population to further their economic disempowerment through new property taxes. The administration redoubled its digital surveillance of employees, especially targeting those critical of government policy. The administration also continued to arm, train and finance Hindu vigilante groups with a history of racist violence, criminality and grave rights violations. Survey results from international media correspondents in India described the Indian government’s harassment of journalists and obstruction of journalism with respect to certain topics, including in particular the situation in IAK. In a case with broad significance for the rights to free expression and a free press, and the free operation of international media in India or territories controlled by India, Indian authorities raided the BBC’s offices in India in retaliation for releasing “The Modi Question,'' a documentary on the Narendra Modi administrations’ responsibility for Hindu supremacist violence targeting Muslims in India (the documentary itself was banned in India).

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