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Indian excess of human rights abuses done by its troops in Kashmir 'documented'

Umer Beigh

Amnesty International report released on Wednesday accused India of neglecting international obligations and its own constitution. The 72-page report said India has ignored the excess of human rights violations committed by its troops on the pretext of national security in the disputed valley of Kashmir. 459 more words


Non-lethal weapons kill

The state government, after 76 deaths of civilians in unarmed protests, recently moved to introduce non-lethal weapons to its forces – weapons supposed to minimize the chance of casualties during street demonstrations in the Valley. 553 more words

Rallying to the call of hope

Innumerable tragic stories emerge from regions affected by conflict all over the world, and Indian-administered Kashmir is no exception. But there are a precious few who use their misfortune to turn things around for others. 1,095 more words

Should Nagaland be really under “Disturbed area” status?

By Oken Jeet Sandham

The “Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA)” and the “Disturbed Area Act (DAA)” are synonymous with the people of the Northeast India. 1,331 more words


India's failed controversial AFSPA

The Army claims the AFSPA is needed to handle insurgencies. Critics cite many abuses.

Recent events in India’s restive Northeast have turned the spotlight yet again on the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), a controversial piece of legislation that confers vast powers on the armed forces deployed in “disturbed areas” of the country. 1,494 more words

PDP Hails Amnesty's Recommendation for Removal of AFSPA From Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar: Hailing Amensty International’s recommendation for removal of controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Jammu and Kashmir, the ruling PDP on Friday said it has vindicated the party’s stand on the issue. 29 more words

No Comments, Says UN Chief's Office, on Amnesty Report on Jammu and Kashmir

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declined to comment on a report by a rights group that sought the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir and investigation into the alleged human rights violations by security personnel. 20 more words