Pictures speak for Kashmir campaign successfully completed


ISLAMABAD, Nov 6 (APP):Kashmir activists worldwide have completed the largest campaign on documenting human rights situation in Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) through verified , traceable pictures.

This campaign can be seen online through the “hashtag” Kashmir
Pictures. This “hashtag” contains the largest online trove of verified,
dated and captioned pictures on Kashmir conflict.

The campaign was launched this year in September and completed in October.
We used pictures generated by international news
organizations, said  Ghulam Shabbir, an activist with YHK
International Kashmir Lobby Group (Youth Forum for Kashmir). “There
pictures were taken on the ground in Kashmir, They document
developments in Kashmir Conflict and cannot be denied by and party.”

The campaign was triggered by the inadvertent use of a Palestinian
girl’s pictures at a United Nation General Assembly session statement on Kashmir.
This  triggered a worldwide debate on pellet-gun victims in Kashmir.
Though the Palestinian picture was used in good faith. It provided an
opportunity to examine the extent to which the actual human rights
violations in Kashmir are documented through pictures.

Activists seized on this opportunity and released five verified,
credible pictures every day for a month on social media as part of a
campaign launched by YFK, titled “Pictures Speak For Kashmir’, using
the ‘hashtag” Kashmir Pictures.

The pictures used in this campaign were taken by photographers working
on the ground in Indian Occupied Kashmir for known international news
agencies. Pictures were verified, dated and captioned, documenting
Indian human rights violations in the international conflict of