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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has quashed the detention of a North Kashmir youth under Public Safety Act. Omar Akbar Mir son of Ghulam Muhammad Mir, a resident of Brat Kalan Sopore had been arrested by police in Sopore a month after the abrogation of Special Status of Jammu and Kashmir in 2019 on charges of stone-pelting and was lodged at police station Bomai. He was shifted to Bhaderwah Jail after PSA was slapped…

Srinagar: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet has said that clampdown on civil society in Kashmir, and raids against Human Rights Defenders are a reason for concern. “We continue to monitor the situation in Indian-administered Kashmir, where restrictions on communications, and clampdowns on civil society activists, remain of concern,” Bachelet said in a statement. Despite recent restoration of 4G access for mobile phones, the communications blockade has seriously hampered civic participation,…

‘Grounds of detention were repeated by detaining authority’ Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has quashed the Public Safety Act (PSA) slapped on banned Jamaat-e-Islami chief spokesperson Advocate Zahid Ali saying “the grounds of detention were repeated by the detaining authority which were earlier quashed by the court.” The judgment passed by the Justice Sanjeev Kumar of High Court of J&K on Wednesday, reads, “the impugned order of detention has been passed on same…

‘No interest in your phones; forces only want to see apps that are anti-nation’ ‘Phones of civilians shouldn’t be retained for more than 20 minutes’ Srinagar: In an interaction that took place between the Army and Kashmiri youths at Town Hall Pulwama on Sunday, one of the Kashmiri youths asked why the army is “destroying the houses during the encounters and why the police are punishing locals if they want to rebuild the house of…

Srinagar: Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations have expressed concerns over the use of the anti-terror laws against human rights defenders and journalists in Kashmir . In a letter to the Government of India, the rapporteurs wrote that the “Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) authorises warrantless searches and individual arrests for up to 6 months when the person is designated as ‘terrorist’. Moreover, its broad scope makes it easily amenable to abuse.” The communique said…

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday arrested the Chairman of International Forum for Justice Human Rights (IFJHRJK), Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in Kashmir Capital Srinagar. Unnamed sources told a local news agency, KDC that Untoo was lodged in Rajbagh Police Station, Srinagar. The spokesperson of the forum said in a statement that the police detained him ahead of the visit of the European Union and African envoys to Kashmir. The police authorities told Untoo, they…

Srinagar: An intruder was killed by the armed forces at Dulanja post near LoC in Uri area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district in wee hours on Wednesday. Quoting an unnamed senior police officer, GNS reported that during night, an intruder was killed at LoC on PaK side near forword post Dulanja Uri by government forces. “The body along with weapon is visible, however more clarity will come after we retrieve the body.”, the police officer…

Srinagar: The Government of India finally restored high speed internet in Jammu and Kashmir, which it had been denying the people for 550 days. People took to the social media to vent out their frustration on the denial, soon after the official spokesperson of government of J&K, Rohit Kansal, announced the news on twitter. The tweet said, “4G mobile internet services being restored in entire J&K.” The UT of J&K was put under the world’s…

‘Says no one is under house arrest’   Srinagar: A total of 183 persons are still detained under Public Safety Act while no one is under house arrest in Jammu and Kashmir, Parliament of India was informed on Wednesday. Giving details, Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said that since August 1, 2019, 613 persons “including separatists, over ground workers, stone pelters etc.” were detained at various points of time. “Out of these, based…

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday asked the administration to examine matter regarding setting up of a Human Rights Commission in JK. After the promulgation of the JK Reorganization Act 2019, the Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission ceased to exist from 31 October last year. “The matter, especially with reference to the provisions of Section 21(7) of the Act of 1993, needs to be examined by the Government so that…