Project South, KLJP, KSCAN
November 23, 2023

In June 2023, Indian authorities continued to commit grave human rights violations in Indian-administered Kashmir (IAK). Indian forces killed at least 17 people in IAK. One individual was killed as a consequence of forced labor, a longstanding and systematic violation in IAK. Additionally, the Jammu & Kashmir administration continued to escalate forced demographic change in IAK by domiciling thousands of non-locals and systematically dispossessing local residents through property expropriation drives. The administration also continued to target human rights defenders and dissenters in IAK, firing two doctors for revealing evidence of an official cover-up in the rape-murder case of two Kashmiri women killed by Indian forces in 2009. The Indian government also continued to escalate its disinformation regarding IAK, including by unveiling a map in its new parliamentary building which depicts a Hindu supremacist, expansionist map of an imaginary “undivided India.” In a case emblematic of the repression targeting Kashmiri journalists, Aasif Sultan, arbitrarily detained on August 27, 2018, remains illegally imprisoned. As of the date of this publication, Sultan has been detained for 1,790 days. In a case emblematic of the repression targeting Kashmiri human rights defenders and civil society, Khurram Parvez, arbitrarily detained on November 22, 2021, remains illegally imprisoned in a maximum-security facility in New Delhi. As of the date of this publication, Parvez has been detained for 607 days. Notably, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) released a detailed legal opinion in June 2023 demonstrating that Parvez is arbitrarily detained.

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July 2023

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