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US Congressional panel to discuss HR situation in IoK on Oct 22

US Congressional panel to discuss HR situation in IoK on Oct 22
October 2, 2019
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK) – US Congressional sub-committee will hold a hearing on the human rights situation in South Asia with focus on Kashmir on 22nd of this month. In a statement in Washington House Subcommittee on Asia Chairman Congressman Brad Sherman said that Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Alice Wells, who oversees all State Department policy towards South Asia, would testify at the hearing. The US Congressional  chairman said the hearing will focus on the Kashmir Valley where a number of political activists have been arrested and daily life, the internet and telephone communications have been suspended. He said the committee will also review the humanitarian situation in occupied Kashmir and whether Kashmiris have adequate supplies of food, medicines and other essentials.
UN calls for addressing HR situation in Occupied Kahsmir
The UN has underscored the need for addressing human rights situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir. UN Secretary General’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said this while responding to a question about the deteriorating situation in occupied Kashmir at the regular briefing at UN Headquarters in New York. He said in order to resolve the current situation in Occupied Kashmir, human rights need to be addressed. On the other hand, Indian military’s inhuman siege entered 59th day in IoK as internet and mobile phone connectivity continue to remain snapped, shops, schools and offices closed and public transport off the roads. Indian forces’ presence in every nook and corner of the occupied territory has created an atmosphere of fear and terror. All sections of society have been affected by the lockdown as business has come down to zero. Indian paramilitary forces are harassing the residents in Srinagar to rent their properties to the forces’ personnel posted in the territory. Meanwhile, Indian forces have intensified restrictions in the name of surveillance and area domination operations in the territory. Additional security bunkers are being constructed in the Srinagar city and elsewhere in the valley.