Give UN investigators access to IOK, AJK
GENEVA: Kashmiri human rights defenders from Azad and Indian occupied territories have urged India and Pakistan to open the disputed territory to international investigators.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein had made UN history of some sorts when he broke international silence a year ago and included Kashmir in the top annual human rights agenda of United Nations. But in the four sessions of UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) since September 2016 and until September 2017, the High Commissioner has complained that New Delhi and Islamabad have not given access to UN investigators who want to assess the human rights situation on both sides of the temporary ceasefire line in Kashmir known as Line of Control (LoC).
Pakistan has already said that it is ready to welcome a UN team in Azad Kashmir when a similar team lands in the Indian-occupied territory.
Kashmiri activists urged both countries to comply with UN request but emphasized how massive and glaring human rights violations are concentrated in the territory under Indian army occupation.
Hurriyat AJK Chapter leader, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi said “There is grim situation of human rights in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir,” Naqshbandi said, adding, “where on the one hand, India does not allow UN fact finding team to visit Kashmir as said by the High Commissioner for Human Rights and on the other, the armed forces of India enjoy impunity Confession before a police officer stands declared a valid confession in the Indian Evidence Act.”