New Delhi: People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL), a New Delhi-based rights body, through a resolution urged India to allow the United Nations Human Rights Council to visit Jammu and Kashmir to conduct an independent enquiry into human rights abuses in the territory. The PUCL in a statement issued after its meeting in Delhi also demanded the release of human rights activist Khurram Pervez detained under black law Public Safety Act.

The Indian Government should immediately grant permission to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to visit Kashmir valley and enable it to conduct an independent enquiry into human rights abuses in Kashmir, including the suppression of their democratic rights,” the resolution passed in the meeting said.

The Indian government has repeatedly blocked all attempts by the UNHRC to intervene and enquire into allegations of human rights abuses by Indian forces in Kashmir, the PUCL has said in the statement.