Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

United Nations human rights report on Kashmir ‘fallacious’, violates India’s sovereignty, says govt

United Nations human rights report on Kashmir ‘fallacious’, violates India’s sovereignty, says govt

"References to human rights concerns in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan [part of Pakistan administered Kashmir] should in no way be construed to create a false sense of equivalence with the gross and systematic human rights violations in IoK [Indian occupied Kashmir]", it said.

"The report says India must stop using pellet guns for crowd control and urgently stop using pellet guns for crowd control".

"The concerned authorities will look into the motivations which have gone into making of this report", MoS PMO Jitendra Singh said. Addressing reporters at the AICC headquarters, Congress leader and former Union minister Rajeev Shukla also condemned the report and said the Congress party supports the stand taken by the government of India on the issue.

The Congress on Thursday supported the government's stand in dismissing the United Nations report on human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, terming it a "prejudiced attempt" by vested interests to hurt India's sovereignty and national interests. MEA also said that the report is a selective compilation of largely unverified information. "Cross-border terror and incitement is aimed at suppressing the will of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, disrupting its political and social fabric and undermining India's integrity".

The spokesman said the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir was a "disputed" territory and its disputed status was enshrined in the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions. "Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state through aggression", the MEA said.

After decades of avoiding the issue, the global body has released the report which highlights abuses and human rights violations on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) with a special focus on conditions in the state of Jammu and Kashmir between July 2016 to April 2018.

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Activists estimate that up to 145 civilians were martyred by security forces and up to 20 civilians martyred by armed groups in the same period, it said. "We reject UN Human Rights Report as a prejudiced attempt by vested interests to hurt India's sovereignty and national interests", he said. It said, "The incorrect description of Indian territory in the report is mischievous, misleading and acceptable".

"This UN report has authenticated our allegation that impunity for armed forces is chronic in Jammu and Kashmir", Parvez told Reuters.

"This welcome report reaffirms the demands of various domestic and worldwide human rights organisations for Indian and Pakistani authorities to deliver justice for past and ongoing human rights abuses, and protect the freedom of all people in Kashmir".

The report's main focus is on IHK, the FO noted, and the "contents, scale and the narrative of killings, maiming, abuse and impunity articulated in the report is a reaffirmation of what Pakistan has long highlighted for the global community".

"Instead of making frivolous protests and issuing legally untenable and uncalled for statements, India should take steps to vacate its illegal occupation, fulfill its global obligations and expedite resolution of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute in line with the UN Security Council Resolutions", the Spokesman said. "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.

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