‘End lockdown in Kashmir,’ excerpt from UNHRC chief’s speech

The UN Human Rights Council urged India on Monday to end the lockdown in Kashmir and restore basic communications services.

India received a sharp nudge from chief of the United Nations Human Rights Council as severe restrictions imposed on Kashmir entered their sixth week.

The top UN human rights official also said the National Register of Citizens or NRC in Assam has caused great uncertainty and anxiety, with some 19 lakh people excluded from the final list published on August 31.

From her speech:

”In relation to Kashmir, my Office continues to receive reports on the human rights situation on both sides of the line of control. I am deeply concerned about the impact of recent actions by the Government of India on the human rights of Kashmiris, including restrictions on internet communications and peaceful assembly, and the detention of local political leaders and activists. While I continue to urge the Governments of India and Pakistan to ensure that human rights are respected and protected, I have appealed particularly to India to ease the current lockdowns or curfews; to ensure people’s access to basic services; and that all due process rights are respected for those who have been detained. It is important that the people of Kashmir are consulted and engaged in any decision-making processes that have an impact on their future.

The recent National Register of Citizens verification process in the northeast Indian state of Assam has caused great uncertainty and anxiety, with some 1.9 million people excluded from the final list published on 31 August. I appeal to the Government to ensure due process during the appeals process, prevent deportation or detention, and ensure people are protected from statelessness.”


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