UN ‘deeply concerned’ over Kashmir restrictions

The UN has said the latest restrictions imposed on Indian-administered Kashmir are deeply concerning and “will exacerbate the human rights situation”.

A UN spokesperson highlighted a telecommunications ban, the arbitrary detention of leaders and a ban on political assembly.

The region has been on lockdown since Sunday with communication cut off.

It came as India made the controversial decision to remove its special constitutional status.

Kashmiris in other parts of the country said that they were unable to get through to their families. Local political leaders have also reportedly been detained.

The BBC has spoken to people inside the region, and has seen people beginning to protest and throw stones at Indian armed forces

In the video statement posted on Twitter, UN human rights spokesperson Rupert Colville reiterated the UN’s previous concerns over the human rights situation in Kashmir saying a previous report had “documented how authorities have repeatedly blocked communications networks to muzzle dissent, used arbitrary detention to punish political dissidents and employed excessive force while dealing with protests leading to extra judicial killings and serious injuries”.

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