Human Rights: Countries: India


The former Princely State of Kashmir legally acceded to India in 1947, following an invasion by Pakistani armed forces and Pashtun tribesmen. Pakistan, however, continues to occupy about 35% of the region, India governs approximately half, and China occupies the remainder. January 19, 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the ethnic cleansing of more than 300,000 Kashmiri Hindu Pandits from their homeland in the Kashmir Valley (over 95% of the Valley’s Hindu population) by Pakistan sponsored militants. Kashmiri Pandits have not yet been recognized as Internally Displaced Persons by the Indian government, or safely rehabilitated back to their homes in the Kashmir Valley.