US expresses concern over widespread detentions in IOK » Kashmir Media Service

Asks India to resume political engagement with local leaders

New Delhi, September 08 (KMS): The US has expressed concern over the widespread detentions in occupied Kashmir by Indian government and urged India to respect human rights in the territory.

Washington has also asked the Indian authorities to resume political engagement with local leaders.

In a statement the US State Department spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus, said, “We continue to be very concerned by widespread detentions, including of local political and business leaders, and the restrictions on the residents of the territory. We are also concerned about reports that Internet and mobile phone access continues to be blocked in certain regions.”

“We urge authorities to respect human rights and restore access to services such as the Internet and mobile networks. We look forward to the Indian government’s resumption of political engagement with local leaders and the scheduling of promised elections at the earliest opportunity,” she added.

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