India Rejected UN Report On Gross Human Rights Violations In The Indian Occupied Kashmir
India Rejected UN Report On Gross Human Rights Violations In The Indian Occupied Kashmir:Pakistan Wednesday expressed disappointment over rejection by India of the UN report on gross human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir ( IoK) and said it welcomes visit of the Commission of Inquiry to Azad Jammu Kashmir and IoK.
Spokesman of the Foreign Office Dr Mohammad Faisal responded to the Indian stance as the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) stood by its report on Kashmir. The human rights body Tuesday dismissed the ‘numerous misrepresentation’ by Indian authorities and media of its first-ever UN human rights report on Kashmir.
The Spokesman said he was “deeply disappointed by India dismissing the report without examining it.” He said India failed to address the very serious concerns raised by OHCHR Kashmir about the grave human rights situation in IOK.
The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights has categorically denied any contact between the High Commissioner and Zafar Bangash, the spokesman said. He pointed that the Kashmir report of OHCHR quotes Official Indian sources including Indian Parliament, Indian Supreme Court and Indian MEA.
He said the OHCHR was disturbed by the sustained Indian attempts to distract and divert the focus from the human rights violations in IOK. It specifically points that the Kashmir report was about the human rights of millions of people in Kashmir, the spokesman said.
“Since the report was published, we have been deeply disappointed by the reaction of the Indian authorities, who dismissed the report as fallacious, tendentious and motivated without examining it and responding to the very serious concerns about the human rights situation.”
It also denied claims that a Canada-based imam of Pakistani descent, Zafar Bangash, was in constant touch with the UN high commissioner, making the inference that Bangash influenced the content of the report.
The OHCHR also revealed continued impunity for enforced disappearances with “little movement towards a credible investigation of complaints including inquiry into alleged sites of mass graves”. It added that the Indian authorities failed to independently investigate and prosecute allegations of sexual violence by security forces personnel.
The report also found that Indian military courts and tribunals were a hindrance to justice and highlighted administrative detention used by the Indian authorities in IOK to “circumvent the protections of ordinary criminal procedure. Introduced in 1978 to primarily deal with timber smugglers, the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978 (PSA) is the most commonly used law for the purpose of administrative detention”.
The excessive use of force by Indian forces in held-Kashmir was also stressed in the report. “The killing of civilians between 2016 and 2018 raises the question of whether security forces resorted to excessive use of force to respond to protesters, some of whom were throwing rocks. International human rights groups have accused Indian security forces of using excessive force and failing to adhere to applicable national and international standards on the use of force,” it said.
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