UN Human Rights Chief Hits Back the Claims of Bias on Kashmir Report

UN Human Rights commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein published a report last month on human rights violation in Kashmir. The report was greeted with claims of personal prejudice from some officials of New Delhi. However, Zeid’s office denied allegations of any conspiracy.

UN’s high commissioner for human rights on 14th June released a report that mainly concentrated on the situation of human rights in India’s Jammu and Kashmir from July 2016 to April 2018. The report was made on the grounds of allegations that extensive force was used by the Indian security forces that led to numerous civilian casualties.

The human rights chief called for an international commission of inquiry into the matter. However, the order for inquiry wasn’t taken during the last sessions that ended on 6th July. As soon as the report was published, the Indian government indicated that Zeid remained biased against New Delhi on the issue of Kashmir.

A MEA spokesperson mentioned that their office have communicated their view on the matter to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. They conveyed their displeasure that individual prejudices are coming in between the inquiry and thwarting the credibility of the UN institution.

The UN human rights commissioner’s spokesperson in response to the claims of New Delhi stated that the UN is greatly disgruntled by Indian authority’s reaction. The latter party dismissed the reports and called it to be ‘fallacious, motivated, and tendentious’ without scrutinizing the report. The Indian authorities also didn’t respond to the serious issues about the human rights situation in Indian and Pakistan administered Kashmir.

In response to the allegation of biases report, the spokesperson also pointes that the report contains 388 footnotes that area sourced from the Supreme Court of India, India’s Parliament, and from the Ministry of External Affairs, the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, the Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission, the Union Ministry of Defence, the Chief of Army Staff and even a former Vice President.

However, Zeid stated that the allegations placed by New Delhi authorities to be false.

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