UN human rights chief expresses concern over Kashmir issue

UN human rights chief expresses concern over Kashmir issue

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Geneva, Sep 9: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday said that she was "deeply concerned" over the "impact of recent actions" by the Indian government on the "human rights of Kashmiris," including the detention of political leaders and activists.

Addressing the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council meeting inaugural, Ms Bachelet said her office continues to receive reports on the human rights situation on both sides of the Line of Control.

"In relation to Kashmir, I am deeply concerned about the impact of recent actions by the Government of India on the human rights of Kashmiris, including restrictions on internet communications and peaceful assembly, and the detention of local political leaders and activists.

"It was important that the people of Kashmir are consulted and engaged in any decision-making processes that have an impact on their future," she added.

Last month, the Indian government scrapped special privileges of Jammu and Kashmir which gave it special status. (UNI)