India has reacted strongly to and lodged a diplomatic protest over a new report by the UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights on Jammu and Kashmir.
The Indian government has called the report “false, with a motivated narrative”.
The report, a follow up to one the UN rights office filed last year, once again very controversially called on India to “respect the right of self-determination of the people of Kashmir as protected under international law”.
The Ministry of External Affairs accused the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights of “legitimising terrorism” and said the assertions in the report are “in violation of India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and ignore the core issue of cross-border terrorism.”
India, in a strong retaliation, lodged a diplomatic protest Monday over the updated report on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has called the report “false” and having a “motivated” narrative.
The MEA stated that the report by the UN body is a continuation of the “false and motivated” narrative and that it ignores the main issue of cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan.
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar has said:
“The update of the report of the OHCHR is merely a continuation of the earlier false and motivated narrative on the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.”
Kumar has claimed that the report is in violation of India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The report, which is a follow up to the one the UN body filed last year, has again urged India to “the right of self-determination of the people of Kashmir as protected under international law”.
The UN Commissioner’s report said there are “serious human rights violations and patterns of impunity” and that there is “excessive use of force by security forces”, including arbitrary shutdown of dissidents as well as internet shutdowns”.
“the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state, including the so called ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir’ and ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’, through aggression. We have repeatedly called on Pakistan to vacate these occupied territories.”
The MEA has strongly shunned the report calling it “attempts to weaken our national resolve will never succeed.”
In June, last year, India strongly repudiated the earlier report calling it “fallacious, tendentious and motivated”. The report had blamed both India and Pakistan for human rights violations in the J&K state as well as Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
In the report, the first of its kind on Kashmir, the UN body had laid out recommendations for both countries and asked for an investigation into “all civilian killings since July 2016” and also into “the excessive use of force by security forces including serious injuries caused by the use of pellet guns immediately.”
It had also called for an urgent need to address “past and ongoing human rights violations and to deliver justice to the people in Kashmir”.