New Delhi, June 14: India on Thursday rejected a UN report alleging human rights violations in Kashmir as “fallacious, tendentious and motivated”. In a strong reaction, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the report is “overtly prejudiced” and seeks to build a “false narrative”. It violated the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, it said. In the report released today, the UN talked about alleged human rights violations in both Kashmir and Pakistan occupied Kashmir, and sought an international inquiry into these abuses.
The United Nations has claimed that Indian and Pakistani forces have used excessive force since 2016, in both sides of Kashmir, that has resulted in killing and wounding of civilians. The UN has asked for an international inquiry into the matter and has also asked to launch a commission of inquiry into all violations.
In its first report on human rights in the region, the UN has also issued a directive to Pakistan to end “misuse” of an anti-terror legislation to persecute activists and suppress voices of dissent. However, Pakistan did not issue an immediate comment to the report issued by UN office in Geneva. The UN has asked justice to be delivered to victims on both sides of the so-called Line of Control.
The main focus of the UN report is the alleged violations in Jammu and Kashmir from July 2016 and April 2018. According to UN estimates, around 145 civilians were killed by security forces while armed groups have killed at least 20 civilians in the same period.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein called for maximum restraint and denounced the lack of prosecutions of Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir due to a 1990 law giving them what he called “virtual immunity, “