India and Pakistan urged to allow observers to access Kashmir

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Children attend class in open at a government middle school, Karian district Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Photo: UNICEF/Syed Altaf Ahmad

Conflicting allegations over "serious" violations in Kashmir show the need for independent observers to be allowed to access the disputed region, according to the UN human rights office.

India and Pakistan both administer territory in Kashmir, which has been experiencing violent clashes between security forces and protestors since the death of a separatist leader in early July.

UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has expressed regret that requests to access Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, and Pakistan-administered Kashmir, have not been granted.

Alpha Diallo has been speaking to Gianni Magazzeni, a senior official with the UN human rights office in Geneva.

Duration: 5'09"

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