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UN Concerned Over Kashmir Restrictions

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has expressed concern over restrictions on communications and clampdown on civil society in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K).

In a statement, she said raids on human rights defenders in the occupied territory show continued restrictions on civil society, which impair the public’s rights to impart and receive information.

The UN High Commissioner said last October, India’s National Investigation Agency raided the offices of the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society and the home of its coordinator.

The NIA also raided the office of the Association of the Parents of Disappeared Persons, which seeks the whereabouts of thousands of Kashmiris allegedly subjected to forced custodial disappearance by Indian forces.