India has turned occupied Kashmir into the “world’s largest prison”, according to the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC), urging India to allow fact-finding missions to visit the disputed region.
The British government also put its weight behind the call, insisting that allegations of human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) must be “thoroughly, promptly and transparently” investigated.
In a statement released late Tuesday, the IPHRC, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) rights watchdog, said it was “appalled by the continuation of stifling inhuman security curfew and communication blackout imposed by Indian security forces since 5th August 2019 with no letting up in sight despite widespread international condemnation.”
“The entire Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) is turned into the world’s largest prison with severe human rights and humanitarian repercussions on the innocent Kashmiri population,” the statement said, adding that over 5,000 mostly young Kashmiris have been illegally detained by security forces while journalists and human rights activists are “being prosecuted on false charges.”
“The continuation of mass human rights violations by the security forces with impunity under an exclusionary ideology of Hindutva reflects an obvious State bias, which has led to the issuance of genocide alerts by international human rights organisations. —Anadolu Agency