‘Indian occupied Kashmir has seen 229 killings, more than 100 military operations in 2020’

In the initial six months of 2020, the media department was harassed, pressurized, and intimidated by the authorities.

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The Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) has seen 229 killings since the start of January 2020. IoK has had more than 100 military operations since the start of the year as well, a recent report reveals.

In its bi-annual report, the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) said that between January 1st, 2020 to June 30th, the region has seen extrajudicial executions of at least 32 civilians along with the killing of 54 armed forces personnel.

The report added that IoK also had 55 internet shutdowns and the destruction of 48 structures.

”107 cordon-and-search operations and cordon-and-destroy operations were conducted in the region”, the report read, along with the killing of two women and three children.

In addition, vandalism and destruction of private property of civilians during search operations and encounters were also reported.

Harassment of media by the authorities

In the initial six months of 2020, the media department was harassed, pressurized, and intimidated by the authorities. There were incidents where journalists were beaten up as well. A number of journalists from Kashmir were also booked with strict charges and had cases filed against them.

The police also filed cases against two Kashmiri journalists under the ‘Unlawful Activities Act’. These cases violate the right to ‘freedom of expression’ and freedom of the press since such acts are an indirect warning to the media personnel to stick to the ‘state narrative’.

High-speed mobile internet services have been banned since August 2019, and in the past six months, there have been 55 internet blockages.

The report noted that from all this, it is clear that India is paving the path for a large-scale demographic change in IoK. The Indian authorities are institutionalizing a system of control and domination over the native population of the Kashmir region,

This order is also a violation of the 4th Geneva Convention. The new domicile law could change the demography of the region permanently.

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