Lockdown in Kashmir could spread human rights violation: UNHRC

By Shiraz Shaikh - Web Editor

07th August, 2019

United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) spokesperson Rupert Colville has said that lockdown in Kashmir could spread human rights violations in region.

Rupert Colville said that human rights violations in Kashmir by India are of grave concerns. Such actions can make human rights more troublesome in the region.

India has imposed sanctions on Kashmir parliament as well. With such actions Kashmiri leaders and local population are unable to participate in democratic political process, he added.

According to the international human rights laws, such actions are in violation of basic human rights, Rupert Colville added.

No information coming out of occupied Kashmir is concerning, he said.

Rupert Colville further added that in a report published on 8 July 2018, we have highlighted human rights violations by Indian government in Kashmir.

In the report it is mentioned that to counter dissent from Kashmiri people, Indian government lockdown the valley and closes all communication channels.

Indian administration has jailed many of the opposition leadership in Kashmir. Disproportionate use of force is also done against protestors.

Many of the protestors are injured due to use of brute force and many get killed under arrest, the report mentioned.

Previously, The United Nations (UN) has urged India and Pakistan to exercise restraint amid escalating tensions between the two countries along the Line of Control.

UN Secretary-General’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that the two countries should show tolerance so that the situation won’t get worse.

Also, United Nations (UN) observers visited the Line of Control (LoC) Area that was affected by cluster ammunition of Indian forces.

The observers analyzed the place, took photographs and met with the victims.

A cluster bomb is a form of air-dropped or ground-launched explosive weapon that ejects harmful substances.

Its use may result in killing and maiming of many civilians due to their wide-area impact.

The use of cluster ammunition is prohibited under international laws.


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