The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has urged Indian authorities to ensure the protection of the rights of Kashmiri Muslims, following reports of curtailment of religious freedoms in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
"The OIC General Secretariat of has learned with concern the reports of curtailment of religious freedoms of Kashmiri Muslims in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, including complete lockdown even on the auspicious occasion of Eid, denying Eid congregations and preventing Kashmiri Muslims from observing religious rituals," the pan-Islamic body said in a statement on Wednesday.
"Denial of religious rights constitutes a serious violation of international human rights law and is an affront to Muslims across the world. Therefore, the OIC urges Indian authorities to ensure the protection of the rights of Kashmiri Muslims and the exercise of their religious rights without any hindrance," it added.
Also in the statement, the OIC called upon the international community, including the United Nations and other relevant bodies, to increase efforts for a negotiated settlement of Jammu and Kashmir dispute on the basis of relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
Source: International Islamic News Agency