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UN experts again grill India for silencing free reporting in IIOJ&K
February 23, 2021

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United Nations has expressed deep concerns over the arbitrary use of draconian laws and the National Investigation Agency against human rights defenders and journalists in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) aimed at discrediting their work.

In a letter addressed to the Government of India, a seven-member team of multiple Special Rapporteurs of the UN noted that Unlawful Activities Prevention Act authorizes warrantless searches and individual arrests for up to six months when the person is designated as terrorist.

The rapporteurs further noted that use of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act is to regulate activities of human rights defenders and journalism and that New Delhi has employed its counter-terrorism financing oversight powers in a broad and arbitrary manner.