Senior Turkish lawmaker calls on India to ‘immediately’ end rights violations in Kashmir – World

An important Turkish lawmaker on Tuesday asked the Indian government to end the worsening of human rights violations in occupied Kashmir "as immediately as possible".

"Human rights violations have shown a massive increase in Jammu and Kashmir since August 5, 2019," Hakan Cavusoglu, head of parliament's Human Rights Commission, said in a statement.

Cavusoglu mentioned how thousands of troops were deployed in the region in early August before India made the sudden and unprecedented movement to revoke the special status of the region.

Kashmir occupied by India has been facing a communications blackout since August 5, when New Delhi stripped the region in dispute of special provisions guaranteed by the Indian constitution.

"I ask the Indian government to put an end to human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir as soon as possible," said the legislator.

Cavusoglu said recent incidents in the region "made Kashmir one of the most sensitive regions in the world."

From 1954 until August 5, 2019, Kashmir enjoyed a special status under the Indian constitution that allowed it to enact its own laws. The provisions also protected the citizenship law of the region, which prohibited foreigners from establishing and owning land in the territory.

After the New Delhi movement to eliminate Kashmir's special autonomy, it has been under an almost complete blockade.

Several human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have repeatedly asked India to lift the restrictions and release political detainees.

Indian authorities claim that daytime restrictions have been lifted in 90 percent of the region.



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