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Hot Spot! Kashmir
- Election Eve Killings Spark Strike, Protest, Violence
reg (Sept. 13, 2002) via OReadDaily
A general strike is underway in Kashmir today as a result of the killing of two youths last night by Indian Border Security Forces (BSF). Shops and business were closed, schools sent students home and
people stayed off the streets. Violence has also erupted in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir state, during a funeral procession for the two victims. Protesters pelted stones at
police and security forces in Srinagar. They later resorted to burning tires on the roads and blocking the movement of traffic. The security forces fired tear gas on the protesters and beat them up.
One of the two youths killed was identified as Nazir Ahmad Dar of Batamaloo while the other was an auto rickshaw driver named Bilal Sheikh . They were arrested at Batamaloo Thursday. It is not unusual
for persons to die in the custody of the security forces. The usual excuse in such cases is that the victims were killed in an "encounter" or while trying to flee from custody...
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- Under the Nuclear Shadow
Arundhati Roy (June 2, 2002) Observer
Why do we tolerate them? Why do we tolerate the men who use nuclear weapons to blackmail the entire human race?
- Invoke Hague Art 8 To Prevent Nuclear War Over Kashmir!
Francis A. Boyle (May 31, 2002) via email
Both India and Pakistan are parties to the 1899 Hague Convention for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes. The United States is also a party to this 1899 Convention. Article 8 is the brainchild of the United States of America. It establishes a procedure for special mediation modeled on the choice of seconds by individuals about to engage in a private duel. The states at variance would each choose a power to which they would respectively entrust the mission of entering into direct communication with the power chosen by the other side for the purpose of preventing the rupture of pacific relations. For the period of this mandate, which could not exceed thirty days unless otherwise agreed, the states in conflict would cease all direct communication on the subject of the dispute, leaving it exclusively to the mediating powers. In case of a definite rupture of pacific relations, the mediating powers were charged with the joint task of taking advantage of any opportunity for peace.
This threatened nuclear war between India and Pakistan directly affects the vital national security
interests of the United States: This nuclear fallout will poison America and its People. So the U.S. government joined by others must formally and publicly invoke Hague Article 8 against both India and Pakistan, and demand the required 30-day cooling-off period so that this special mediation procedure can take place.
The U.S. government joined by others must also invoke the requirement of Article 33(1) of the United Nations Charter providing that the two parties to the dispute over Kashmir "shall first of all, seek a solution by negotiation, inquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, judicial settlement, resort to regional agencies or arrangements, or other peaceful means of their own choice." U.N.
Charter Article 33 expressly by name requires the pursuit of the "mediation" procedure set forth in
Hague Article 8, including the mandatory 30-day cooling off period. Time is of the essence when it
comes to invoking Hague Article 8!