Kenneth Roth, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, tweeted: “If India wants to avoid international attention to Kashmir, it should respect international human rights standards there.” How hard-hitting can a leading human rights figure get!? It’s pathetic & wimpy in its inanity when you consider that India has the whole of Kashmir locked down incommunicado for now two weeks with no end in sight & is engaged in indiscriminate shooting of unarmed civilians.

Any self-respecting human rights champion without questionable associations to power would demand forcefully & without equivocation that India immediately, unconditionally withdraw all its troops & immediately release all Kashmiri political prisoners, & then would proceed to demand an accounting for the nearly 10,000 forcibly disappeared, reparations for the homes vandalized & razed, & reparations to the thousands tortured, raped, brutalized, murdered.