On 22nd March, a freelance journalist, Irfan Mehraj, in Indian-occupied Kashmir was arrested by the…
Indian authorities raid the house of a Kashmiri civilian for his pro-freedom social media posts
On 18th October, India’s notorious State Investigation Agency, responsible for overseeing detentions and raids against political dissidents, conducted a raid at the house of a social media user at an area known as Magam. The user, currently unidentified, was intimidated and his home raided, under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), for his posts on social media that the Indian agencies characterized as “anti-national and secessionist”, a trope routinely used to delegitimize the genuine political aspirations of the people of Kashmir. UAPA allows Indian authorities to jail Kashmiris who call for their right to self-determination, and labels such a political expression as “terrorism”.