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Srinagar: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet has said that clampdown on civil society in Kashmir, and raids against Human Rights Defenders are a reason for concern. “We continue to monitor the situation in Indian-administered Kashmir, where restrictions on communications, and clampdowns on civil society activists, remain of concern,” Bachelet said in a statement. Despite recent restoration of 4G access for mobile phones, the communications blockade has seriously hampered civic participation,…

New Delhi: Turkey has raised the Kashmir issue at the United Nations Human Rights Council, with a call for resolving the issue on the basis of UN resolutions. “We reiterate our call to the Government of India to ease current restrictions in Jammu Kashmir,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the 47-member Council in Geneva, according to news reports. “We wish for the resolution of the issue through peaceful means on the basis of the relevant…

Srinagar: Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations have expressed concerns over the use of the anti-terror laws against human rights defenders and journalists in Kashmir . In a letter to the Government of India, the rapporteurs wrote that the “Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) authorises warrantless searches and individual arrests for up to 6 months when the person is designated as ‘terrorist’. Moreover, its broad scope makes it easily amenable to abuse.” The communique said…

United Nation human rights experts have shown concern over New Delhi’s decision of ending Jammu and Kashmir’s limited autonomy and enacting new laws. According to the statement issued by UN human rights Commissioner, “enacting new laws could curtail the previous level of political participation of Muslim and other minorities in the country, as well as potentially discriminate against them in important matters including employment and land ownership”. The statement further reads, “The state of Jammu…