United Nations ‘alarmed’ over Indian human rights violations in Kashmir

A number of United Nations (UN) rights experts have urged to address the ‘alarming’ human rights violation by India in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

Several independent experts have submitted their findings to UN highlighting grave human rights violations by Indian government in the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

18 UN rapporteurs are said to have urged UN and international community to play their role in assuring the provision and preservation of basic human rights in Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with unanimously agreed international laws and conventions.

According to them, since August 5 2019, human rights situation in Kashmir has been continuously deteriorating due to the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian constitution which granted special autonomous status to J&K.

Indian government since then, has imposed strict restrictions in the valley citing mass protests and demonstrations. The lockdown restrictions and communications blackout have been extensively compounded by COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are particularly concerned that during the COVID-19 pandemic, many protestors are still in detention and internet restrictions remain in place,” said UN rights experts.

There is no public information regarding the ‘suspected enforced disappearances’ as Indian forces have largely implemented dystopian laws and regime to suppress the Kashmiri dissent, they added.

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Prior to this Human Rights Watch (HRW) had also condemned India on its blatant human rights violation in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Indian government claims that it was determined to improve Kashmiri lives ring hollow one year after the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s constitutional status. The authorities instead have maintained stifling restraints on Kashmiris in violation of their basic rights,” it noted.

The watchdog highlighted that measures taken by Indian government are in clear contradiction of international laws and conventions which ensure the provision of freedom of speech and expression.