Human rights abuses have been an ongoing issue for the government of this asian giant. The abuses range from mass killings, enforced disappearances, torture, rape and sexual abuse to political repression. The Army, the Police Force and Border Security Personnel have all been accused of committing severe human rights abuses against local civilians.
Human rights groups say more than 100,000 people have died since 1989 and even the official government figures give the number of civilians killed as above 50,000.
Rape was regularly used as a means to punish and humiliate communities.
A US State department report from 2010 concurred with many of the above findings.
However the government has insisted that the mass graves found in the region all belong to foreign militants.
In 2011, a Human Rights group confirmed that there are thousands of bullet-ridden bodies buried in unmarked graves across the region. 574 bodies were identified as missing locals in a just a small part of the region. This figure indicates that claims of thousands of killed, or “disappeared” locals are accurate.
In 2012, human rights lawyer Parvez Imroz commenced the first statewide study of torture in the region, his study sample comprising 50 villages, a reasonable number in order to make sensible conclusions. More than 2,000 extreme cases of torture were identified and documented. He discovered 50 “centers” run by state army and paramilitaries where torture is practised.
The latest crackdown by the government of this asian giant began in August 2019, when it took the highly controversial step of revoking the region’s long held autonomy and its self government. By the federal government annexing the region, it has essentially reverted it to the same status as the rest of the nation, with no special powers or authority of its own, ruled by the Capital.
This annexation was always going to be highly controversial. To ensure compliance with it, as many as 600,000 government troops have been sent to the region to enforce order and quash dissent. Approximately 4 million people have been confined within their homes by the military, essentially under house arrest. A total internet, media and communication blackout put in place at the start of the annexation was only lifted in February 2021, after 18 months.
Life remains hard in the region in 2021, with hundreds of military checkpoints still in place, internet coverage patchy and slow, many phone systems still cut by the State government. The predictable winter power cuts – intentional or not – make life even more miserable. The combined economic effect on the population from all these measures has been dire while the coronavirus has only added to their misery.
Upon reading these reports one might think we are talking about the persecution of the Uighurs in the Chinese autonomous region of Xinjiang or about events in Hong Kong. And that these crimes have been committed at the hands of Beijing. But we are not and they have not.
These long standing human rights abuses all come from the previously autonomous Kasmir region in India. And the violent events all relate to the Indian government in Delhi. Successive Indian governments in fact.
But you would never know much about the troubles of this region in India as it gets only spasmodic coverage in the mainstream media and even then, only after the most undeniable atrocities by Delhi. The fuss is soon gone. Why is that?
There is hardly any space in the illustrious western media headlines anyway as every second line is taken up with negative coverage of anything to do with China – factual or otherwise.
The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) was accorded special status by Article 370 of the Constitution of India after the former British colony was divided into Pakistan and India in 1947. In contrast to other states of India, Jammu and Kashmir had its own constitution, own flag and administrative autonomy and it was the only Indian state with a Muslim majority. Indian citizens from other states were not allowed to purchase land or property in Jammu and Kashmir.
India initially indicated in 1947 that it would allow Kashmir a referendum on whether Kashmiri citizens wanted to stay part of India, join Muslim Pakistan (as the majority of Kashmiris are not Hindu Indians but Muslims) or become independent. The referendum was never held and there has been troubles in the region ever since. India and Pakistan have fought three wars and there have been insurgencies within Kashmir as the locals try to change their status. Complicating things further, half of Kashmir is held by India and half by Pakistan, but both nations claim the entire region for themselves. Now India has changed the status quo by removing the Kasmir region’s autonomy and annexing it into India itself.
So how have western governments reacted to discoveries of ACTUAL mass graves in the former British colony of India, where thousands of ACTUAL dead people have been documented as missing and confirmed and identified as dead?
The British parliament has expressed many views since the troubles began, all rather vague sounding, non-blaming, even-handed irrelavancies, such as it expressing in 2012 its “sadness and “regret” over the discovery of more than 6,000 unmarked graves in Kashmir, India.
Sadness? Really ? That is all the British government can express? It is sad? Is this the same nation’s government that expresses total moral outrage at the so-called “genocide” against the Uighurs in Xinjiang by the Chinese government? A genocide that is not supported by any significant body of credible evidence nor by finds of mass graves nor dead bodies or anything much at all?
Is there persecution in China? Undoubtedly Yes. But Genocide? No.
Could it be that just like the mass graves of children in Canada – interestingly, another former British colony – the finding of real and genuine and documented dead bodies of men, women and children in India is just too much to bear for the former moral leader of the world?
The lack of outrage expressed by western governments at the atrocities in India and Canada are only made more sickening by their complete lack of objectivity and perspective in their comments about Xinjiang in China.
And once again, don’t look to any international mainstream media for guidance – they are completely in on the con.
What is the real agenda here ? It is pretty obvious and has been discussed in previous posts on Xinjiang. Check them out.
Thanks for reading.