ISLAMABAD: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged Indian authorities to unlock situation and fully restore rights currently being denied in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
A statement issued in Geneva by spokesperson of OHCHR Rupert Colville expressed serious concern over continued human rights violations. “The Supreme Court of India had been slow to deal with petitions concerning habeas corpus, freedom of movement and media restrictions,” said the statement.
It said twelve weeks ago, on August 5, the government of India had revoked constitutional provisions granting partial autonomy to the state of Jammu and Kashmir and announced the creation of two separate federally-administered Union Territories, which will come into effect on Thursday (tomorrow).
The undeclared curfew imposed by authorities in the region is still in place in large parts of the Kashmir Valley.
The statement mentioned that at least another six people had been killed and over a dozen injured in alleged attacks by armed groups operating in Occupied Kashmir since August 5.
The statement said hundreds of political and civil society leaders, including three former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, had been detained on a preventative basis.
The Indian Supreme Court had 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 had 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 wow 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.
Observing that restrictions needed to be reviewed, Justice Subhash Reddy had said, “You may impose restrictions in larger national interest but then it should be reviewed.”