The U.S. government has expressed continuing concern over the situation in Kashmir following India’s abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, a move which stripped the State’s special status, and the ensuing restrictions in place in the region.
“We continue to be very concerned by widespread detentions, including of local political and business leaders, and the restrictions on the residents of the region,” State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said.
Ms. Ortagus’s comments were emailed to The Hindu.
“We are also concerned about reports that internet and mobile phone access continues to be blocked in certain regions,” Ms. Ortagus said.
“We urge authorities to respect human rights and restore access to services such as the internet and mobile networks. We look forward to the Indian government’s resumption of political engagement with local leaders and the scheduling of promised elections at the earliest opportunity,” Ms. Ortagus commented.