“Today, my mother was brought for a court hearing by Indian authorities. Court hearings are special for Kashmiri families, not because you expect your loved ones to be released but this is the only time when you see their faces, not through the bars of prison. However, as my uncle went to visit my mother today, and tried to hug her, the policeman held him back, saying it is “not allowed”. For how long will these strangers decide how we meet our own families? Not for long. Not for long.”

–Ahmed Bin Qasim whose mother & father are both political prisoners & whose family home was confiscated