The Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticized the Modi government’s restrictions on the Kashmiris living in the Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) as a statement of HRW reads that “The Indian government’s unwarranted restraints on the rights to free speech, access to information, health care, and education have been intensified by the coronavirus pandemic,”
The report of Human Rights Watch also stated that Indian government had detained thousands of people, closed telecommunication services and imposed restrictions on freedom of movement and public meetings, The HRW mentioned allegations of torture and ill-treatment against the Indian security forces and the misuse of sedition laws to clamp down on peaceful, dissenting voices.
The HRW while terming India’s notorious Public Safety Law as ‘draconian’, noted that thousands had been arrested in occupied Kashmir and three former chief ministers as well as more than 140 children, had been held in custody ever since the unilateral move was undertaken by the Modi government.
The statement of Human Rights Watch further reads that “In June, the government announced a new media policy in Jammu and Kashmir that empowers the authorities to decide what is “fake news, plagiarism and unethical or anti-national activities” and to take punitive action against media outlets, journalists, and editors,”
The Human Rights Watch noted how the COVID-19 pandemic, its crippling economic effects due to the lockdown in the territory and the suspension of internet services by the Indian government, had made life difficult for people especially in countering coronavirus.
According to the Human Rights Watch a Doctor said that, “Doctors have complained that the lack of internet was hurting the coronavirus-19 response. “It is a new coronavirus – research, studies, guidelines and updates are changing every other day,”.
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