United Nations urges inquiry into human rights violations in Kashmir

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India on Thursday slammed a United Nations report that alleged human rights violations in Kashmir, terming it "fallacious, tendentious and motivated".

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said he would urge the Human Rights Council, which opens a new session next week, "to consider establishing a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to conduct a comprehensive independent global investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir".

There was no immediate comment from Pakistan to the report issued by the United Nations human rights office in Geneva, which called for justice for victims on both sides of the so-called Line of Conflict. "It is overtly prejudiced and seeks to build a false narrative", slammed a MEA statement. It added that the report is a selective compilation of largely unverified information. Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep.

The UN Human Rights Office - which, despite repeated requests to both India and Pakistan over the past two years, has not been given unconditional access to either side of the Line of Control - undertook remote monitoring to produce the report, which covers both Indian administered Kashmir and Pakistan administered Kashmir.

It violated the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity, it said.

The report focuses mainly on serious violations in Jammu and Kashmir from July 2016 to April 2018. "In the almost 28 years that the law has been in force in Jammu and Kashmir there has not been a single prosecution of armed forces personnel granted by the central government", the report says.

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Speaking to Al Jazeera, Kashmir-based human rights activist Khurram Parvez said that the United Nations report on Kashmir was "historical and symbolically a huge step leading to a significant acknowledgement of the Indian government's role in massive human rights abuses". "Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inseparable part of India". "Both India and Pakistan should fulfil their obligations under global human rights law and end the atmosphere of impunity in Kashmir by conducting effective, impartial, and independent investigations into human rights abuses by armed forces".

"Our protest and views in the matter have been conveyed unequivocally to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights". We have repeatedly called upon Pakistan to vacate the occupied territories.

India's statement said it rejected the existence of entities such as "Azad Jammu and Kashmir" and "Gilgit-Baltistan" mentioned in the report.

"Any action to alter the status of any part of the territory under forcible and illegal occupation of Pakistan has no legal basis whatsoever, and is completely unacceptable", the ministry added. "This undermines the UN-led consensus on zero-tolerance to terrorism", he said. The global human rights watch body also asked Pakistan to end its "misuse" of anti-terror legislation to persecute peaceful activists and quash dissent. The Indian-administered portion of the region has been the scene of an armed insurgency backed by Pakistan for 30 years, although the number of militants operating in the valley now numbers only a few hundred, far fewer than the movement's height in the 1990s.

"This proposal is consistent with Pakistan's several calls to this effect since 2016, even as India has continued to ignore legitimate demands for probe into gross and systematic violations, including pellet guns, excessive use of force, arbitrary arrest and detentions as well as continued sexual violence as part of overall impunity enjoyed by Indian security forces", the handout read.

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