Indian government gets another international snub over Occupied Kashmir
ISLAMABAD - Human Rights Watch’s Asia Advocacy Director, John Sifton has expressed serious concern over prevailing grim situation in occupied Kashmir.
In a written submission to Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, John Sifton said human rights are under threat in Kashmir.
He said Members of Congress should communicate to Indian government officials that their actions in Kashmir are adding to human rights problems.
He said Congress Members should insist that political leaders and others arbitrarily detained Kashmiris are released, restrictions on communications are lifted, and independent observers, including diplomats, foreign journalists and rights activists are allowed to travel freely to Kashmir.
Similarly, speakers at a seminar organized by Pakistani High Commission in London expressed deep concern over continued siege of eight million Kashmiris and worsening humanitarian crisis in occupied Kashmir.
The speakers included Pakistan’s High Commissioner to UK, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, Dr Syed Nazir Gilani, Ben Emmerson QC, Anthea McIntyre, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, Ms Uzma Rasool and Mrs Sahmim Shawl.
On the other hand, Indian Central Bureau of Investigation raided Bengaluru and New Delhi offices of human rights group Amnesty International India.
Reacting to CBI’s action, Amnesty International India said that the organization was being targeted for speaking out against human rights violations in the country.