Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmir: UNHRC slams India for pressure on journalists, use of UAPA

United Nations high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday described as “worrying” India’s use of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act as well as “frequent” temporary communication blackouts in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Indian authorities’ restrictions on public assembly and frequent temporary communication blackouts continue in Jammu and Kashmir, while hundreds of people remain in detention for exercising their right to the freedom of expression, and journalists face ever-growing pressure,” Michelle Bachelet in an opening statement at the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

She said the government of India efforts to counter militancy and promote development in Jammu and Kashmir but said such “restrictive measures can result in human rights violations and foster further tensions and discontent”.

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