NEW YORK (92 News) – UN Special Rapporteur on Human rights Agnes Callamard has showed serious concern over Indian atrocities, killings and violation of freedom of expression in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK).
To a question at a news conference in New York, she said during the past month she communicated with Indian authorities giving specific details about victims and their perpetrators but the quality of responses has been poor.
“The situation in Kashmir is a big concern for many of us within Special Procedures. But it is also a situation where we need to recognise that besides keeping the issue on the agenda, and besides denouncing the violation I am not sure that we at this point can be asked to have much more impact than that,” she said.
“It doesn’t meant that we are giving up at all but it does mean that there are a number of actors that are probably better placed than Special Procedures to move the issue to a better situation,” she added. Special Procedures of the OHCHR is the official name for its group of independent human rights experts with mandates over specific topics or areas.
On the other hand, curfew, communication blockade continued in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) on 85th day, on Monday, as normal life crippled due to the unrelenting military lockdown
According to the KMS, restrictions under section 144 remain enforced. Internet across all platforms and prepaid cellular services continue to remain shut. However, landline connections are functioning and voice calls on postpaid mobile phones are allowed.
People are resisting Indian attempts to show some signs of normalcy returning in the territory. An informal but widespread civil disobedience movement continues to remain in effect across the Kashmir Valley. The move is aimed at protesting against Indian occupation and its Aug 5 unilateral action.
As part of this movement, shopkeepers keep their shops shut for most part of the day, students stay away from educational institutions, govt and private sector workers prefer to remain at homes and public transport is hardly seen on the roads.