New Delhi, Nov 14: India on Monday came out against Pakistan at the United Nations and asked the neighbouring country to end “illegal and forceful” occupation of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). In its 12-point recommendation in its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN, India also asked Pakistan to “dismantle special terrorist zones, safe havens” and “take verifiable actions, including on terror funding.”
In its statement, India asked Pakistan to “provide freedom to people of PoK by ending its illegal and forceful occupation and to stop torture, enforced disappearances and unlawful killing.” India also said Pakistan must “end forced conversions and marriages of minorities, including Hindu, Sikh and Christian women, and prosecute all cases.”
India’s recommendations for Pakistan also included ending harassment of minorities, preventing misuse of blasphemy law, stopping targeting political dissidents, stopping awarding death penalty to juveniles and execution of persons with disabilities.
The UPR was introduced by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2006 which involves the assessment of human rights records of each member country in Geneva. In 2008, Pakistan reportedly received 51 recommendations, of which it accepted 43 and rejected eight. At its second UPR in 2012, Pakistan received 167 recommendations, out of which it accepted 126, ‘noted’ 34 and rejected seven.