Geneva, October 29 (KMS): The United Nations expressed its concerns, today, about the deprivation of human rights of the people in occupied Kashmir.

In a tweet, the UN asked India to “unlock the situation and fully restore the rights that are currently being denied”.

The tweet from the official handle of the UN’s Geneva Office had Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights saying the people of Kashmir “continue to be deprived of a wide range of human rights”.

“There have been several allegations of excessive use of force including the use of pellet-firing shotguns, tear gas and rubber bullets by security forces during sporadic protests, with unconfirmed reports of at least six civilian killings and scores of serious injuries in separate incidents since 5 August,” Rupert Colville said.

The statement said that hundreds of political and civil society leaders, including three former puppet chief ministers, had been detained on a preventive basis.

Talking about the communication blockade in the Valley, Colville said that internet services remained blocked in the Kashmir Valley. She added that media outlets continue to face restrictions and four journalists have been arrested in the past three months.

The statement also mentioned that the Indian Supreme Court has been slow to deal with petitions concerning freedom of movement and media restrictions in the Kashmir Valley.

The World Body’s concerns came at a time when a group of over 20 lawmakers from the European Union is on a two-day visit to occupied Kashmir, which is under strict military lockdown since August 5.

This is the first visit by an international group to occupied Kashmir since India repealed the special status of the territory and comes weeks after the European Union expressed similar concerns.

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