United States concerns about J&K detention and internet restrictions

United States concerns about J&K detention and internet restrictions

United States concerns about J&K detention and internet restrictions

The statement from the US State Department comes days after a group of 16 foreign envoys visited Jammu and Kashmir to get the first-hand efforts being made by the government in the Valley.

The US State Department has said that the recent visit of envoys of 15 countries to Jammu and Kashmir is an 'important step, ' but expressed concern over the continued detention of political leaders and restrictions on internet in the region. "We look forward to a return to normalcy", she said in a tweet.

Besides Ambassador Juster, the diplomats who visited Kashmir represented Norway, Vietnam, South Korea, Brazil, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh and the Maldives. Indian media reported that diplomats of European Union nations had refused the invitation, saying they would prefer to be able to meet locals freely and without requiring Delhi's guidance.

The envoys of 15 countries, including United States Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster, arrived in Srinagar on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, the first by diplomats since August past year, when the erstwhile state " s special status was revoked and it was split into two Union territories.

In October, a group of European Parliament members had visited the region, which is claimed by both India and Pakistan in its entirety. How long will the internet be shut down, asked the government to review all internet shut down and to immediately start essential sites? The Ladakh administration on December 27 restored 4G mobile internet connectivity in Kargil, after a gap of 145 days, said the report. Several political leaders, including two former chief ministers, and thousands others had been arrested.

Security personnel stand guard on a street as residents walk by after a grenade blast in Srinagar. Omar Abdullah is at Hari Niwas, while Mehbooba Mufti was initially lodged at Cheshmashahi hut, but was later shifted to government accommodation.

Narendra Modi's government ended Muslim-majority Kashmir's semi-autonomous status in August.

They were to fly to Jammu, the winter capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, later Thursday and return to the Indian capital on Friday after spending a day there.

"Although access for diplomats, rights activists and foreign journalists to Kashmir has always been controlled, India has further restricted travel to the region for both foreigners and Indian opposition leaders", VOA noted.

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