Independent probe into Kashmir unrest mandatory, UN rights chief says

Published: September 14, 2016
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Protesters run away as a policeman fires tear gas towards them during a protest against the recent killings in Kashmir, on the outskirts of Srinagar, August 5, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

Protesters run away as a policeman fires tear gas towards them during a protest against the recent killings in Kashmir, on the outskirts of Srinagar, August 5, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

“I believe an independent, impartial and international mission is now needed crucially,” the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein has said in connection with unrest in Indian-held Kashmir.

The UN rights chief made the remarks in his opening statement at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council on Tuesday. “And that it should be given free and complete access to establish an objective assessment of the claims made by the two sides.”

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. PHOTO: OHCHR

Hussein said he had received a letter from the Government of Pakistan on September 9 formally inviting an Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) team to the Pakistani side of the line of control, “but in tandem with a mission to the Indian side”. “I have yet to receive a formal letter from the Government of India,” he added.

India’s Ministry of External Affairs rejected Hussein’s statement that the OHCHR was receiving reports of Indian authorities using excessive force against the civilian population in Indian-occupied Kashmir. “We note that he has received conflicting narratives on the cause for the confrontations”.

The Indian response went on to differentiate the situation on either side of the Line of Control by claiming that Indian-occupied Kashmir had a democratically-elected government, while Azad Jammu and Kahsmir only had an “arbitrarily appointed” diplomat as its head.

“The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is part of a pluralistic and secular democracy, where freedoms are guaranteed by an independent judiciary, an active media and a vibrant civil society,” the statement claimed, adding that AJK was administered by a “deep state” and had become “a hub for the global export of terror”.

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  • Salman
    Sep 14, 2016 - 2:24PM

    If Indians are such champions of Human Rights then why don’t they approve the UN commission to enter Kashmir!!!!.. Rather than pointing out at Pakistan, let an unbiased commission take its course!!!! Rightly said by UNHRC chief “What you are hiding then!!!!”Recommend

  • Vectra
    Sep 14, 2016 - 2:56PM

    Well India said no to OHCHR so here nothing can be done now but they are free to visit Pakistan’s side of LOC as they got invitation.Recommend

  • citizen26
    Sep 14, 2016 - 3:01PM

    So why don’t endian govt give him access to LOC rather than making inaccurate accusations Recommend

  • ZAK
    Sep 14, 2016 - 3:07PM

    Oh! India

    You have no respect for Humanity.
    In Azad Kashmir there is democratically elected govt.
    AJK has its own PM and President. own Flag. The people of AJK are living happily.

    India want to hide fact from world.
    UNHCR visit is indended to determine facts of Both Pakistan and India claims.
    If India really think that Mujahdeen from Pakistan are spreading terror let UN confirm.
    In fact India want to hide its state terrorism from World.

    Mehbooba Mufti govt is India is Kath Puttli.
    She has no thoughts what to do.
    Raj Nath is unable understand IOK Situation.

    Moodi Govt has failed in IOK.So Moodi should resign.Recommend

  • Reader
    Sep 14, 2016 - 3:15PM

    Indian HypocrisyRecommend

  • Cyrus
    Sep 14, 2016 - 3:29PM

    Those who have to hide their evil deeds will obviously invent million excuses and lame explanations in order to deny access to the independent and impartial UN observers. This just make them further isolated not just from the people of Kashmir but from the world community at large as well. Act before its too late or otherwise the world community would have no other option but to intervene militarily in order to prevent the genocide of Kashmiri people.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Sep 14, 2016 - 3:29PM

    Pluralism and secularism are contradictory words. A country cannot be both. J&K has its own constitution which is non-secular. Recommend

  • Hashaam
    Sep 14, 2016 - 4:00PM

    Indians must surely be panicking now.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Sep 14, 2016 - 4:00PM

    So another Arab is going to check human rights in J & K. First let him check those in his own country , Jordan and then in its neighbourhood.Recommend

  • Shakti
    Sep 14, 2016 - 4:01PM

    His name is “Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein”
    Whatever you say Mr.Hussein.Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Sep 14, 2016 - 4:08PM

    What is with these great-descendants of the great-Arabs-and-Turks, beating chests and running to UN every now and then? I don’t recall any Kashmiri Pandit making so much hue and cry even in the face of much bigger provocation.Recommend

  • Fahim
    Sep 14, 2016 - 4:19PM

    Ya Allah Help people of KashmirRecommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Sep 15, 2016 - 5:32AM

    As muslims pinch India.. it hardens the stance of Indians against muslims. Modi was not elected on Muslim votes. Modi was elected on Gujarat Model. If Modi proves week then vacuum will be filled with someone harder than Modi. Kashmir is a muslim issue who say they can not live with hindus. Muslims call this two nation theory..Kashmir an unfinished agenda 0f 1947. Modi’s Indians too want to visit 1947 but without Gandhi. I doubt if present day Indians revisit 1947 then muslim in india will become a novelty. Recommend

  • nirode mohanty
    Sep 15, 2016 - 7:18AM

    As a Muslim, he has sided with a Muslim country Pakistan.This is understood.He has no credence and credibility to make a judgement on this issue.He is not qualified.Recommend

  • harkol
    Sep 15, 2016 - 8:06AM

    Mandatory?

    Hmm… Mandated by what? By the compulsion of the faith of chief? Recommend

  • Mayor
    Sep 15, 2016 - 9:20AM

    We won’t allow UN, what are they gonna do about it? What can Pakistanis do about it? Nothing. Nil. Recommend

  • Salman
    Sep 15, 2016 - 11:31AM

    What UN will do?? They can verify the human right claims of India and will reward to them as the champions of Human right after Kashmir visit.. So allow them!!!!Recommend

  • ABC
    Sep 15, 2016 - 3:33PM

    @Mayor:

    We won’t allow UN, what are they gonna do about it

    This statement of yours tell, that there is something you want to hide. Shame on your criminal mentality Recommend

  • nitin
    Sep 15, 2016 - 6:12PM

    We will not allow anyone and kill hundreds of kashmiri. If they did not want in india they can go to pakistan and if u pakistan interfere in kashmir we will attack u with atomic and nuclear attack and destroy ur whole land. Recommend

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