At FORUM-ASIA, we employ a range of strategies to effectively achieve our goals and create a lasting impact.

Through a diverse array of approaches, FORUM-ASIA is dedicated to achieving our objectives and leaving a lasting imprint on human rights advocacy.

Who we work with

Our interventions are meticulously crafted and ready to enact tangible change, addressing pressing issues and empowering communities.

Each statements, letters, and publications are meticulously tailored, poised to transform challenges into opportunities, and to empower communities towards sustainable progress.

Multimedia Stories

With a firm commitment to turning ideas into action, FORUM-ASIA strives to create lasting change that leaves a positive legacy for future generations.

Explore our dedicated sub-sites to witness firsthand how FORUM-ASIA turns ideas into action, striving to create a legacy of lasting positive change for future generations.

Subscribe our monthly e-newsletter

From Our Member Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), India – A six monthly brief on the human rights situation in Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir (January to June 2019)

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

FORUM-ASIA’s member Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) together with Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS)  publishes its six-monthly brief on human rights situation in Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir.

The first half of 2019 in Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir (IAJK) witnessed continued and increased violence and heightened tensions between India and Pakistan following a militant attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy on the Jammu – Srinagar highway in February 2019, which led to the killing of 48 Indian soldiers. Following the militant attack on the CRPF convoy, Kashmiris living in various cities and towns of India became targets of hate crimes, forcing thousands of Kashmiri students to flee their colleges and universities in an atmosphere of fear and trepidation. While de-escalation of the tensions between the two countries calmed the fears of a nuclear war, the de-escalation did not lead to any decrease in violence against the people of Jammu and Kashmir – in and outside Kashmir. IAJK continues to be the site of increased violence, frequent Cordon and Search Operations (CASOs), continued use of excessive force against the civilian population, and a complete chokehold on the freedom to express dissent and hold opinions contrary to the policy of the government.

In April and May 2019, elections to the Indian Parliament were held in IAJK prior to which 100 additional companies were deployed in Kashmir, effectively making IAJK the only place in the world where increased military presence ensures the conduct of elections – which are largely boycotted by the civilian population. The polling days witnessed complete shutdowns, violence and also killings. Ahead of the elections, mass arrests of political and religious leaders and banning of religious and political organizations was carried out in IAJK.

While Parliamentary elections were held under heavy military presence in IAJK, the elections to the State Assembly Elections have been deferred. Interestingly, Election of Commission of India’s decision to not announce Assembly Elections in Jammu and Kashmir was based on India’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) assessment of not possessing ‘inadequate security personal’ for conducting elections.1 The admission by MHA effectively shows that elections in Jammu and Kashmir are a military exercise and are only made possible by the massive presence of armed forces on the ground.


For a PDF version of this report, click here