The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has expressed concern over the situation in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir saying that Government of India’s August 5 move followed by domicile laws are generating deep anxiety among the people across Jammu and Kashmir.
In her inaugural statement at the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council on Monday, Michelle Bachelet said that in IIOJK, incidents of military and police violence against civilians including use of pellet guns continued.
Referring to her last report released a year ago on Kashmir, she said, “…. Major legal changes – including to the Constitution and domicile rules – are generating deep anxiety, but the space for political debate and public participation continues to be severely restricted, particularly since new media rules have prohibited vaguely defined ‘anti-national’ reporting.”
Michelle Bachelet said that hundreds of people remained in arbitrary detention, with many habeas corpus petitions still pending – including those of many of Jammu and Kashmir’s political leaders.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights demanded restoration of internet services in the territory.