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UN human rights body asks India to 'unlock situation' in J&K
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Geneva, Oct 29 (TIWN) The UN Human Rights Commission on Tuesday said it is "extremely concerned" that people in Jammu and Kashmir are continued to be "deprived of a wide range of human rights" and urged the Indian government to "unlock the situation and fully restore the rights that are currently being denied".

Normal life remained disrupted in Kashmir for the 86th day on Tuesday following the August 5 decision to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. Markets remained closed while transport remained off the roads due to the clashes.  "We are extremely concerned that the population In Kashmir continues to be deprived of a wide range of human rights and we urge the Indian authorities to unlock the situation and fully restore the rights that are currently being denied," said Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

Although some of these measures have been relaxed, their impact on human rights continues to be widely felt, he said.  The undeclared curfew imposed by the authorities in the region was lifted from much of Jammu and Ladakh region within a few days, but is reportedly still in place in large parts of the Kashmir Valley, preventing the free movement of people, as well as hampering their ability to exercise their right to peaceful assembly, and restricting their rights to health, education and freedom of religion and belief, he said in a press briefing note on Kashmir.  There have been several allegations of excessive use of force by security forces during sporadic protests, he said.

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