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UN body on HR shows concern over violations in IoK

GENEVA: Spokesperson for the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville posed serious concerns over rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir.
Colville in a statement said, “We are extremely concerned that the population of Indian-Administered Kashmir continues to be deprived of a wide range of human rights and we urge the Indian authorities to unlock the situation and fully restore the rights that are currently being denied.”
Twelve weeks ago, on 5 August, the Government of India 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 this Thursday (October 31). At the same time, very restrictive measures were imposed, their impact on human rights continues to be widely felt.”
“There have been several allegations of excessive use of force including the use of pellet-firing shotguns, tear gas and rubber bullets by security forces during sporadic protests, with unconfirmed reports of at least six civilian killings and scores of serious injuries in separate incidents since 5 August.”
“We have also received reports of armed groups operating in Indian-Administered Kashmir threatening residents trying to carry out their normal business or attend school, as well as several allegations of violence against people who have not complied with the armed groups’ demands. At least another six people have been killed and over a dozen injured in alleged attacks by armed group members since 5 August.”
Hundreds of political and civil society leaders, including three former Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, have been detained on a preventative basis. While some political workers have reportedly been released, most senior leaders especially those from the Kashmir Valley remain in detention, the statement read further.
We have also received a number of allegations of torture and ill-treatment of people held in detention.
These must be independently and impartially investigated. Torture is totally and unequivocally prohibited under international law, it continued.
Normal life in the occupied Kashmir and Muslim majority areas of the Jammu region continues to remain badly affected due to military clampdown and blanket internet ban on the 86th consecutive day.

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