An international non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch has demanded the Indian government to lift the communications blackout and step back in occupied-Kashmir.
In a report, the HRW South Asia Director Meenakshi Ganguly revealed that Kashmiris have been forced to live under lockdown and their leaders have been arrested while families have been unable to contact their loved ones.
She said access to proper medical services has been suspended, security forces used tear gas and shotgun pellets on protesters and activists have been detained. She urged the Indian authorities to ensure justice and accountability for human rights abuses, repeal abusive laws like the Public Safety Act or the Armed Forces Special Powers Act which gives government forces immunity from prosecution.
She also demanded that the authorities should release political detainees, lift the communications blackout, allow proper access to media and independent observers and order security officials to respect human rights.
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