India internet shutdowns ‘violate human rights’

Source: BBC News

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said India needs to cease “arbitrary restrictions” on internet and phone services.

The organisation said state governments had imposed 20 temporary internet shutdowns in 2017.

Authorities say they shut internet and telecommunications services to stop rumours during times of unrest.

But the rights group said arbitrary internet shutdowns “violated India’s obligations under international human rights law”.

Indian authorities frequently shut telecommunication services in Indian-administered Kashmir.

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