Give UN in­ves­ti­ga­tors ac­cess to IOK, AJK

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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.”

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