Kashmir dispute: UN ‘deeply concerned’ over restrictions
NEW YORK, Aug 8: The UN has said the latest restrictions imposed on Indian-administered Kashmir are deeply concerning and "will exacerbate the human rights situation".
A UN spokesperson highlighted a telecommunications ban, the arbitrary detention of leaders and a ban on political assembly.
The region has been on lockdown since Sunday with communication cut off.
It came as India made the controversial decision to remove its special constitutional status.
Kashmiris in other parts of the country said that they were unable to get through to their families. Local political leaders have also reportedly been detained.
The Himalayan region of Kashmir is claimed in its entirety by both India and Pakistan, but each country controls only part of it.
There is a long-running separatist insurgency on the Indian side, which has led to thousands of deaths over three decades
Under Article 370 of the Indian constitution, the state of Jammu and Kashmir had special dispensation to make its own laws - the basis for its complex relationship with India for some 70 years.
However, the Indian government has now controversially revoked most of Article 370.
In response, Pakistan has announced plans to expel India's top diplomat and suspend trade with its neighbour, deepening a row between the countries over the disputed territory. -BBC