United Nations calls for worldwide probe into Kashmir rights violations


United Nations calls for worldwide probe into Kashmir rights violations

In New Delhi, India called the report a "selective compilation of largely unverified information" that sought to build "a false narrative", adding that it violated the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity. "We question the intent in bringing out such a report", said an MEA spokesperson.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday downplayed the United Nations' Report on Kashmir and said that he would throw it in the dustbin. "Such malicious reports can not undermine the will of the people and the Government of India to take all measures necessary to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country from cross border terrorism". The report violates India's sovereignty and integrity.it is disturbing that those behind this report have chosen to describe internationally designated and United Nations -proscribed terrorist entities as "armed groups" and terrorists as "leaders".

According to the 49-page report, the Indian security forces have used excessive force in Kashmir and killed and wounded numerous civilians since 2016.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called for maximum restraint and denounced the lack of prosecutions of Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir due to a 1990 law giving them what he called "virtual immunity".

Targeting the "exploitation" of the people in the name of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), the report urged India to repeal the act on an immediate basis and conduct impartial investigations to probe all civilian killings since July 2016.

The Foreign Office (FO) in a press release said Pakistan "welcomes the proposal by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to establish a Commission of Inquiry for worldwide investigation into human rights violations" in IHK. "The incorrect description of Indian territory in the report is mischievous, misleading and unacceptable", he said. "Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state through aggression", the MEA said.

It also sought an worldwide inquiry into these abuses. In addition, the report says, restrictions on freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association in Pakistan administered Kashmir and in Gilgit-Baltistan have limited the ability to obtain information about the situation.

"This UN report has authenticated our allegation that impunity for armed forces is chronic in Jammu and Kashmir", Parvez told Reuters. "It was clearly conveyed that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, which also includes the so-called "Azad Jammu and Kashmir" is an integral part of India by virtue of its accession in 1947". "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. "We reject and condemn this report, which is completely uncalled for", he added.

The report said, "any resolution to the political situation in Kashmir should entail a commitment to ending the cycles of violence and accountability for past and current human rights violations". "This undermines the United Nations led consensus on zero tolerance to terrorism".

"In responding to demonstrations that started in 2016, Indian security forces used excessive force that led to unlawful killings and a very high number of injuries", the report said.