India gets yet another snub from top international body over Occupied Kashmir lockdown
ISLAMABAD - India gets yet another snub from top international body Human Rights Watch over Occupied Kashmir lockdown.
Human Rights Watch has raised serious concerns over Occupied Kashmir lockdown by Indian government.
HRW has asked the Indian government to “immediately release detained Kashmiris who have not been charged with a recognizable offense”.
HRW’s latest report, *India: Free Kashmiris Arbitrarily Detained*, documents the detention of over 4,000 Kashmiris, including politicians, activists, separatist leaders, lawyers, and journalists, who have been held in detention camps since India stripped occupied Kashmir off its special status on August 5.
Approximately 400 elected officials and political leaders, as well as former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir belonging to the National Conference and the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party have also been detained.
The human rights watchdog states that many detainees have not been allowed to contact their families or lawyers.
“Anyone who has been detained in Kashmir without evidence of a crime should be immediately and unconditionally released,” South Asia director at Human Rights Watch Meenakshi Ganguly said adding that it was essential for authorities to allow every detainee access to lawyers and family members.