Human Rights Watch (HRW) South Asia Director Meenakshi Ganguly has urged the Indian government to lift the communications blackout and step back in occupied Kashmir after the Indian government scrapped the special autonomous status provided to the disputed valley.
In a statement, Ganguly said since one week Kashmiris remain mostly under lockdown and their leaders are under arrest.
“Kashmiris remain mostly under lockdown, their leaders under arrest. Phones, even landlines, are still severed. The internet is shut down. Their main mosques remained closed to Muslim Kashmiris during Eid,” Ganguly said.
The South Asian director further said there are reports of worried families unable to contact loved ones and a lack of proper access to medical services.
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