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, as well as business, livelihoods, education, and access to health-care and medical information, the statement added.

“Raids against human rights defenders in October and November exemplify the continued restrictions on civil society, and resulting impact on the rights of the people of Kashmir to impart and receive information, and to engage in free, open debate on Government policies affecting them,” the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said.

 

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