Human Rights Watch issued a statement on Kashmir yesterday saying “The Indian government should ensure that rights are protected after lifting some restrictions in Jammu & Kashmir State.” What kind of political cowardice is that!? What kind of betrayal of human rights in Kashmir!? The Indian Army has no rights whatsoever to be in Kashmir & this pathetic statement suggests it does.

The only acceptable human rights demands for Kashmir are: the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all Indian troops; the immediate release of all Kashmiri political prisoners; an accounting of the nearly 10,000 forcibly disappeared; reparations for the homes vandalized & razed; reparations to those tens of thousands who suffered torture, rape, incarceration, pellet gun & other injuries, loss of loved ones to forcible disappearance.