UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urges India to lift curfew in occupied Kashmir

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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. Photo: File

GENEVA: Michelle Bachelet , the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday urged India to lift curfew being imposed in occupied Kashmir since Aug 5.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights made the call ahead of the Human Rights Council’s 42nd session.

She, in a statement posted on the UNHRC website, urged India to make sure provision of basic necessitates to Kashmiri people.

She also asked New Delhi to respect rights of the detained Kashmiris.

Meanwhile, jails in the occupied Kashmir have ran out of capacity and now thousands of people detained without charges by Indian forces are being shifted via planes to other parts of the country.

Over 10,000 innocent people have been arrested by Indian forces over fears of unrest following the complete lockdown imposed in the valley on Aug 5.

India had abrogated Article 370 on August 5 withdrawing special status given to occupied Kashmir.

A local magistrate said last week that over 4,000 people had been arrested under the controversial Public Safety Act.