In­dia re­jects UN re­port on rights

MEA terms re­port on rights vi­o­la­tions in PoK and Kash­mir ‘fal­la­cious’

Deccan Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT with agency in­puts GENEVA/NEW DELHI, JUNE 14

The United Na­tions on Thursday re­leased the first-ever re­port on al­leged hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion in Kash­mir and Pak­istanoc­cu­pied Kash­mir (PoK) and de­manded an in­ter­na­tional probe into it, evok­ing a sharp re­ac­tion from In­dia which termed the doc­u­ment as “fal­la­cious and mo­ti­vated”.

New Delhi also lodged a strong protest with the United Na­tions, say­ing the gov­ern­ment is “deeply con­cerned that in­di­vid­ual prej­u­dices are be­ing al­lowed to un­der­mine the cred­i­bil­ity of a United Na­tions in­sti­tu­tion.” “The re­port vi­o­lates In­dia’s sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity. The en­tire state of Jammu and Kash­mir is an in­te­gral part of In­dia. Pak­istan is in il­le­gal and forcible oc­cu­pa­tion of a part of the In­dian state through ag­gres­sion,” the min­istry of ex­ter­nal af­fairs said in a strongly-worded state­ment.

In its 49-page re­port, the UN’s Of­fice of the High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights fo­cused on both Jammu and Kash­mir (con­sist­ing of the Kash­mir Val­ley, the Jammu and Ladakh re­gions) and Pak­istan-Ad­min­is­tered Kash­mir (Azad Jammu and Kash­mir and Gil­git­Baltistan).

The United Na­tions on Thursday re­leased the first-ever re­port on al­leged hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion in Kash­mir and Pak­istanoc­cu­pied Kash­mir (PoK) and de­manded an in­ter­na­tional probe into it, evok­ing a sharp re­ac­tion from In­dia which termed the doc­u­ment as “fal­la­cious and mo­ti­vated”.

Tak­ing ob­jec­tion to the UN us­ing terms like “Azad Jammu and Kash­mir and Gil­git-Baltistan” for PoK, the MEA said, “The in­cor­rect de­scrip­tion of In­dian ter­ri­tory in the re­port is mis­chievous, mis­lead­ing and un­ac­cept­able. There are no en­ti­ties such as ‘Azad Jammu and Kash­mir’ and ‘Gil­git-Baltistan’.”

“We are deeply con­cerned that in­di­vid­ual prej­u­dices are be­ing al­lowed to un­der­mine the cred­i­bil­ity of a UN in­sti­tu­tion,” the min­istry added.

The UN also asked Pak­istan to end its “mis­use” of anti-ter­ror leg­is­la­tion to per­se­cute peace­ful ac­tivists and quash dis­sent.

“Im­punity for hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions and lack of ac­cess to jus­tice are key hu­man rights chal­lenges in the In­dian state of Jammu and Kash­mir,” the re­port said.

It said spe­cial laws which are in force in the state, such as the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kash­mir) Spe­cial Pow­ers Act, 1990 (AFSPA) and the Jammu and Kash­mir Pub­lic Safety Act, 1978 (PSA), have cre­ated struc­tures that ob­struct the nor­mal course of law, im­pede ac­count­abil­ity and jeop­ar­dise the right to rem­edy for vic­tims of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions.

“Im­punity for en­forced or in­vol­un­tary dis­ap­pear­ances in Kash­mir con­tin­ues as there has been lit­tle move­ment to­wards cred­i­bly in­ves­ti­gat­ing com­plaints in­clud­ing into al­leged sites of mass graves in the Kash­mir Val­ley and Jammu re­gion,” the state­ment said.

This is ex­treme diplo­matic fail­ure of PM Modi gov­ern­ment. — ASADUD­DIN OWAISI, MIM chief

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