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50 States Of UNHRC Concerned Over IOK Situation

Fifty member states of the UN human rights council have expressed concern over the deteriorating human rights situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

This was stated in a joint communiqué delivered by Pakistan at the UN human rights council on behalf of over 50 countries from across various regions regarding the worsening human rights and humanitarian situation in occupied Kashmir.

The statement recalled that the civil society organizations and international media have repeatedly expressed serious concerns about the unprecedented restrictions and curfew imposed since 5th august.

They also noted with concern the curbs on fundamental freedoms, communications blackout and reports of wide spread torture, extrajudicial killings, molestation of women, and enforced disappearances in occupied Kashmir.

Recalling the UN secretary-general António Guterres's statement of 8th august, the statement said, the position of the United Nations on this region is governed by the charter of the United Nations and applicable security council resolutions.

The statement urged the international community to impress upon India to respect and protect fundamental human rights of the people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, especially the right to life, liberty and security.

They also called upon immediate lifting of curfew, ending the communications shutdown and release of arbitrarily detained people in the occupied territory.

The statement also called for immediate halt to the excessive use of force especially the use of pellet guns

They demanded for access of human rights organizations and international media to the territory and implementation of the recommendations of UN’s Kashmir reports including the establishment of a UN commission of inquiry to investigate egregious human rights violations.

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