AI demands lifting of communications blockade in IOK

Qasim/Abdul Rehman – October 19, 2019

London-based human rights watchdog, Amnesty International has demanded lifting of the communications blockade and immediate release of all Kashmiri detainees held by Indian authorities without charge or trial.

In a report, the watchdog said it documented a clear pattern of arbitrary detention of activists, politicians and even children by Indian authorities.

It also recorded a pattern of Indian authorities using excessive force and intimidation as detained persons are beaten and threatened.

Amnesty International notes that in most cases families of the detained persons are not informed of the grounds of arrests and their whereabouts which constitutes a serious violation of the detainees’ right to fair trial.

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