UN Letter Seeks Measures Against Harassment of Kashmiri Journalists

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­The United Nations Council on Human Rights said it had shared the same concerns with the Indian government even last year but regret that no reply has yet been received to the communication

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI — The United Nations has released a letter by its free speech experts to the Indian government asking it to take measures to stop harassment of journalists in Kashmir.

The letter, written two months ago by Irene Khan, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; and Elina Steinerte, Vice Chair of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; urged India to take steps to halt alleged violation of rights of journalists and ensure that such incidents are not repeated.

As per the procedure, the top world body waits for 60 days for reply from the authorities before making them public.

The United Nations Council on Human Rights said it had shared the same concerns with the Indian government even last year but regret that no reply has yet been received to the communication.

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