Hopefully Kashmir Won't Be a Forgotten Conflict

Abid Nabi was protesting against the killing of his younger brother Fida (17 yrs old). (Photo courtesy of Majid Pandit.)

Al-Jazeera English launched a special human rights spotlight on Jammu & Kashmir called “Kashmir: The Forgotten Conflict”.

It’s an apt description given the difficulty human rights organizations have faced in highlighting the abuses that have occurred in the past two decades. For example, we need 30,000 signatures on this petition to improve juvenile justice in the state!

Now, it’s not to say that Kashmir never gets in the news. The problem is that when it is in the news it’s always talked about in the context of the Pakistan-India conflict.

Unfortunately, as I was quoted as saying in an article earlier in the week, human rights is hardly ever mentioned because it’s always about some sort of “confidence-building measure” that usually involves sending Bollywood stars over to Pakistan on goodwill missions or it’s about a detailed analysis of the fashion sense of Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister. And, Pakistan’s role in the Kashmir conflict is atrocious given its proven record of sponsoring attacks against civilians in the Indian side of the Line of Control.

Thus both India and Pakistan have done nothing but create a nightmarish climate of human rights violations and impunity that can’t be addressed without acknowledging both countries’ complicity in this and both countries prioritization of human rights in any future dialogue.

So the news coverage of Kashmir really doesn’t get to the nub of the issues in the region which is why this focus from Al-Jazeera is so welcome. They are covering aspects of Kashmir that all of us need to know to understand why Kashmiris want justice.

They are not highlighting our juvenile justice petition, which means that you have to go and sign it. But definitely have a look at their coverage and let me know in the comments or over twitter what you think!

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24 thoughts on “Hopefully Kashmir Won't Be a Forgotten Conflict

  1. It is shameful to talk of role one party but keep mum on the role of other one. What do you call the role of India in more than one lac killings, around ten thousand enforced custodial disappearances, around nine hundred mass graves, hundreds of mass rapes and killings, one torture victim in every three Kashmiris… Isn't this a proven record of India… and for your kind information we Kashmiris very well know who has been and is sponsoring attacks against us… It has been never and will never be a country who has been supporting us morally, politically and diplomatically on our just cause, i.e., right to self determination.

  2. Aala: I understand what you're saying and agree that India has had a sordid history in Kashmir. This is what I said in the context of the recent dialogue between the two countries: "Thus both India and Pakistan have done nothing but create a nightmarish climate of human rights violations and impunity that can’t be addressed without acknowledging both countries’ complicity in this and both countries prioritization of human rights in any future dialogue."

    The petition that you should take action on is for juvenile justice in the Indian part of Kashmir.

  3. It is shameful to talk of role one party but keep mum on the role of other one. What do you call the role of India in more than one lac killings, around ten thousand enforced custodial disappearances, around nine hundred mass graves, hundreds of mass rapes and killings, one torture victim in every three Kashmiris… Isn’t this a proven record of India… and for your kind information we Kashmiris very well know who has been and is sponsoring attacks against us… It has been never and will never be a country who has been supporting us morally, politically and diplomatically on our just cause, i.e., right to self determination.

  4. Aala: I understand what you’re saying and agree that India has had a sordid history in Kashmir. This is what I said in the context of the recent dialogue between the two countries: “Thus both India and Pakistan have done nothing but create a nightmarish climate of human rights violations and impunity that can’t be addressed without acknowledging both countries’ complicity in this and both countries prioritization of human rights in any future dialogue.”

    The petition that you should take action on is for juvenile justice in the Indian part of Kashmir.

  5. Is it to cover up and that you really care about kashmir . As the story of kashmir goes aljazera
    man nowords to discribe india and indians ….

  6. Is it to cover up and that you really care about kashmir . As the story of kashmir goes aljazera
    man nowords to discribe india and indians ….

  7. Someone said,

    "We attack the British for their many crimes in india …

    But their real crime we never mention …

    "They created the nation state of india."

    All Occupied Peoples will understand what is meant.

  8. Equating all the parties in a conflict on the same moral/ ethical level in the name of fairmindedness is neither that nor accurate.

    india's role in Kashmir as Oppressor & Occupier is Primary today.

    Kashmiris must be their own primary Deciders.

    The Referendum is Needed .

  9. Someone said,

    “We attack the British for their many crimes in india …

    But their real crime we never mention …

    “They created the nation state of india.”

    All Occupied Peoples will understand what is meant.

  10. Equating all the parties in a conflict on the same moral/ ethical level in the name of fairmindedness is neither that nor accurate.

    india’s role in Kashmir as Oppressor & Occupier is Primary today.

    Kashmiris must be their own primary Deciders.

    The Referendum is Needed .

  11. India respects force both of there OWN and of Adversary As China was More Powerfull India despite Mass Killing of IndianSoldiers made peace immediately .B/c Pakistan was Strategically as well as sizewise militarilly it violated the Sovereignty blatantly .

    There is no ground to give excuse of Security to do whatever.. like a blank check,, Its not Omer school boyC M . administering but grand daddy coas of indian Military .is best example of Obstinate hypocritical .Morally bankrupt ,

  12. India respects force both of there OWN and of Adversary As China was More Powerfull India despite Mass Killing of IndianSoldiers made peace immediately .B/c Pakistan was Strategically as well as sizewise militarilly it violated the Sovereignty blatantly .

    There is no ground to give excuse of Security to do whatever.. like a blank check,, Its not Omer school boyC M . administering but grand daddy coas of indian Military .is best example of Obstinate hypocritical .Morally bankrupt ,

  13. The right to secede from India based on what? Kashmiris have full religious freedom, freedom to elect their own state government, freedom of movement- freedom of expresson – everything. Just look across the border at the failed state of Pakistan.

  14. The right to secede from India based on what? Kashmiris have full religious freedom, freedom to elect their own state government, freedom of movement- freedom of expresson – everything. Just look across the border at the failed state of Pakistan.

  15. Indians are so unintelligent or illiterate they dont think they dont read they dont solve problems which what all education is for not learn by memorizing and wrote .

    All Kasmiris dont want Sedition All kahmiris Dont Want Pakistan Some Kashmiris want India Some Kashmiris want better governence Some Kashmiris be like other state hopefully Gujrat the ideal state of India some Kashmiris want limited govt of there own only partly like defense foreign service out sourced to Delhi ,,,Brainstorm Think out of Box of We Hindu They Muslim

    They Bad we good that's final We Call you terrorist and when we kill you it wont be murder
    You are the worst human rights bill of rights violator inthe world by Amnesty International Indian humann rights activist whom you call unpatriotic while people dyingsuffering b/c of you thick skull hypocrite bigot

    But Iliterate Ramdev level dumb know oh kashmiris are seceding Kashmiris are killing hindu Its Hindu Muslim fight Al of which sjoeyou are ignorant and communal yourself Study and educate the aam admithrough thousand of T V chaanel showing Bolywod IPL Sas Bahu shits

  16. Indians are so unintelligent or illiterate they dont think they dont read they dont solve problems which what all education is for not learn by memorizing and wrote .

    All Kasmiris dont want Sedition All kahmiris Dont Want Pakistan Some Kashmiris want India Some Kashmiris want better governence Some Kashmiris be like other state hopefully Gujrat the ideal state of India some Kashmiris want limited govt of there own only partly like defense foreign service out sourced to Delhi ,,,Brainstorm Think out of Box of We Hindu They Muslim

    They Bad we good that’s final We Call you terrorist and when we kill you it wont be murder
    You are the worst human rights bill of rights violator inthe world by Amnesty International Indian humann rights activist whom you call unpatriotic while people dyingsuffering b/c of you thick skull hypocrite bigot

    But Iliterate Ramdev level dumb know oh kashmiris are seceding Kashmiris are killing hindu Its Hindu Muslim fight Al of which sjoeyou are ignorant and communal yourself Study and educate the aam admithrough thousand of T V chaanel showing Bolywod IPL Sas Bahu shits

  17. wat israel is 2 palestine, same india is 2 kashmir, 2 lakh people martyrd ,thousands widowd thousandz raped nd the process is going on. The pages regardng the truth abt kashmir are regularly deleted.

  18. wat israel is 2 palestine, same india is 2 kashmir, 2 lakh people martyrd ,thousands widowd thousandz raped nd the process is going on. The pages regardng the truth abt kashmir are regularly deleted.

  19. Notably effectively drafted. It is not going to surprise me to see your readership asking for a lot more. I can definitely say that I'll be back for more. Many thanks for your efforts.

  20. Notably effectively drafted. It is not going to surprise me to see your readership asking for a lot more. I can definitely say that I’ll be back for more. Many thanks for your efforts.