All forms of resistance and dissent in Kashmir are equated with “terrorism” which has made civil resistance impossible. India must end all communications restrictions in occupied Kashmir, and restore permanent access to all means of communications, including landline and mobile telephones, broadband internet, and fully functional mobile internet. It must guarantee that communications will no longer be subject to interruption and ensure the right to privacy and freedom from interference in peoples’ homes and communications. India must ensure freedom of movement and lift all de jure and de facto curfews.
People must have the right to move freely within Kashmir, as well as move into and out of Kashmir, including from across the LoC, without restriction. The people of Kashmir must be allowed access to legal and valid travel documents.
Kashmiris must have the free and full exercise of the freedoms of expression, belief, assembly, association, and movement. All bans on political, social, and religious groups must be revoked. Kashmiris must be allowed to peacefully gather and protest to resist their oppression. Journalists, civil society activists, and human rights defenders have the right to perform their work without interference or fear of reprisals. Kashmiris on both sides of the LoC must be allowed to freely assemble, communicate, express themselves and discuss their political future.