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UNHRC criticises India For pressure on journalists, use of UAPA, communication blackouts in Kashmir – Kashmir Reader

New Delhi: UN excessive commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday described as “worrying” India’s use of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in addition to “frequent” momentary communication blackouts in Jammu and Kashmir.

In her opening assertion on the forty eighth session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Bachelet acknowledged the Indian authorities’s efforts to counter terrorism and promote improvement in Jammu and Kashmir however mentioned such “restrictive measures can result in human rights violations and foster further tensions and discontent”.

“Indian authorities’ restrictions on public assembly and frequent temporary communication blackouts continue in Jammu and Kashmir, while hundreds of people remain in detention for exercising their right to the freedom of expression, and journalists face ever-growing pressure,” she mentioned.

“Ongoing use of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act throughout India is worrying, with Jammu and Kashmir having among the highest number of cases in the country,” Bachelet mentioned.

There was no official response to Bachelet’s feedback. India, on a number of events, in the previous strongly rejected the UN human rights chief’s criticisms regarding Jammu and Kashmir.

Referring to China, she talked about its new ‘National Action Plan on Human Rights 2021-2025′ which was launched this month.

“I look forward to exploring it for possible areas of engagement and cooperation. I regret that I am not able to report progress on my efforts to seek meaningful access to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region,” she mentioned.

“In the meantime, my office is finalising its assessment of the available information on allegations of serious human rights violations in that region, with a view to making it public by the end of the year,” Bachelet mentioned.

Talking about Nepal, she hoped the brand new authorities will take early steps to revive the independence of the National Human Rights Commission by means of a clear course of.

“The authorities’ commitment to prioritise amendment of the transitional justice law is an opportunity for fresh approaches to revitalise the process, in consultation with victims and in line with international standards,” the UN human rights chief mentioned. PTI

#Note-Author Name – Press Trust of India

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