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OIC expresses concern over India s denial of Kashmiris religious rights

The General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday expressed concern over the curtailment of religious freedoms of Muslims in Indian-occupied Kashmir, terming it a serious violation of international human rights law . It denounced the complete lockdown imposed by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir even on the occasion of Eidul Azha, when Muslims in the region were prevented from participating in a congregation. Denial of religious rights constitutes a serious violation of international human rights law and is an affront to Muslims across the world, a tweet by the OIC official account said. The OIC urges Indian authorities to ensure the protection of the rights of Kashmiri Muslims and the exercise of their religious rights. The Islamic bloc also called upon the international community, including the United Nations, to increase efforts for a negotiated settlement of Jammu and Kashmir dispute on the basis of relevant UN Security Council resolutions . Indian troops had clamped tight restrictions on mosques across occupied Kashmir for Monday s Eidul Azha festival, fearing anti-government protests over the stripping of the Muslim-majority region s autonomy. The Himalayan region s biggest mosque, the Jama Masjid, was ordered closed and people were only allowed to pray in smaller local mosques so that no big crowds could gather, witnesses said.

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