UN rapporteur terms India’s response to Kashmir human rights violations as poor
UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Agnes Callamard has expressed serious concern over Indian atrocities, killings and violation of freedom of expression in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
To a question at a news conference in New York, Agnes Callamard said during the past month she communicated with Indian authorities giving specific details about victims and their perpetrators but the quality of responses had been poor.
The Indian Supreme Court has sought answers from the government on the timelines for lifting all restrictions in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashmir Media Service had reported on Oct 25.
The occupied territory was put under lockdown on August 5, when the Narendra Modi government scrapped the special status of the occupied Kashmir. All mobile, landline and internet services were snapped. Schools, colleges and offices were shut and curbs were put on movement on roads.
“For how many days do you want restrictions? It’s already over two months now. You have to come clear on this and you have to find out other methods,” a three-judge bench headed by Justice NV Ramana had asked during the hearing on petitions.
Last week, the US Congressmen had urged India to give access to Congress members and foreign journalists to the held valley and lift the communications blockade.
In a letter to the Indian Ambassador in Washington, they had voiced serious concerns over continued lockdown and communications blackout in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The letter had also expressed concerns over the revocation of Article 370 by India and imposition of curfew in the Occupied Kashmir.
The Congressmen were also critical of the arrest of political leaders and workers in the occupied Kashmir as well as the use of pellet guns against the Kashmiris.