UN report charges India of Kashmir rights violation, New Delhi says report ‘legitimizes terror’ 

Pallavi Kulkarni  Tuesday 9th of July 2019 10:09 AM
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Pakistan fanned passions in the Kashmir valley after the killing of terrorist Burhan Wani.

New Delhi: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on Monday, released a report which accused India of human-rights violation in Kashmir yet again. It has also warned Pakistan for detaining Kashmiri separatists in its part of disputed region.

The UN report has asked India to initiate a commission inquiry in to conduct a “comprehensive, independent, international investigation” into the allegations of violation of human rights. It has also suggested India to investigate the killings of civilians during the five-month long street protest following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani in the valley in 2016 where more than 100 protesters were killed.

The report has also mentioned the escalating tension in the valley following the suicide attack on the CRPF bus carrying 40 security personnel that affected human rights of civilians and also right to life. It has also criticized the provision of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) that provides special legal provisions for the Indian security personnel in Kashmir.

The concern regarding no prosecutions has been reported of armed forces personnel in a civilian court has been noted in the report.

The report said, “No prosecutions have been reported. It does not appear that Indian security forces have been asked to re-evaluate or change their crowd-control techniques or rules of engagement.”

India rejects the UN report, says paper “legitimize terror”

India has strongly rejected the UN report calling it false, with a motivates narrative. The ministry of external affairs, in a statement has accused the report for making statements in violation of India's sovereignty and territorial integrity and ignore the core issue of cross-border terrorism. It has also lodged a domestic protest over the report.

The ministry, in a statement said: “It is a contrived effort to create an artificial parity between the world's largest and the most vibrant democracy and a country that openly practices state-sponsored terrorism.”

The statement further added: “The entire state of Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India. Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state, including the so called ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir’ and ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’, through aggression. We have repeatedly called on Pakistan to vacate these occupied territories.”


 

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