UN calls for in­quiry into abuses in Kash­mir

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The United Na­tions hu­man rights chief on Thurs­day called for a ma­jor in­ves­ti­ga­tion into abuses in Kash­mir, as his of­fice re­leased its first re­port into of­fences com­mit­ted by In­dia and Pak­istan in the dis­puted ter­ri­tory. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hus­sein said he would urge the Hu­man Rights Coun­cil, which opens a ses­sion next week, “to con­sider es­tab­lish­ing a com­mis­sion of in­quiry to con­duct a com­pre­hen­sive in­de­pen­dent in­ter­na­tional in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions in Kash­mir”. The UN re­port, which is par­tic­u­larly crit­i­cal of In­dia, high­lights “chronic im­punity for vi­o­la­tions com­mit­ted by se­cu­rity forces”. In­dia’s for­eign min­istry re­jected the re­port.

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