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Thousands detained, tortured: Report

New Delhi, September 05 (KMS): The Amnesty International India chapter, today, launched a global campaign to highlight the human cost of over month-long lockdown in occupied Kashmir.

A press release issued by the human rights watchdog in New Delhi said the draconian communication blackout is an outrageous protracted assault on the civil liberties of the people of Kashmir. The Amnesty said that in response to this indefinite communication blackout, it launched the campaign “Let Kashmir Speak” on 5 September, 2019 – which marks a month of the communications blackout – to ask for immediate lifting of the lockdown.

The global human rights watchdog said, the blackout has now been a month old and cannot be prolonged any further by the Indian government as it has grossly impacted the daily lives of Kashmiri people, their emotional and mental well-being, medical care, as well as their access to basic necessities and emergency services. It said that depriving an entire population of their right to freedom of expression, opinion and movement for an indefinite period was akin to taking the territory back to the dark ages.

The London-based Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights in a document submitted to the UN Secretary General for circulation at the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council demanded withdrawal of all Indian troops and deployment of the United Nations Force in Kashmir. The session will be held in Geneva from 9th to 27th of this month. The document highlights that “more than ever before, the protection of the rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the territorial integrity of the territory is a situation that requires the Council’s attention”.

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