Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

UNHRC Session Begins With Commissioner's Concerns Over Kashmir and NRC

UNHRC Session Begins With Commissioner's Concerns Over Kashmir and NRC

A second United Nations human rights report in 13 months on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir had accusations about rising human rights violations and deaths of civilians between May 2018 and April 2019. The Indian side, led by Secretary (East) in the External Affairs Ministry Vijay Thakur Singh and expelled Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria will counter Pakistan's propaganda and block any adverse comments by the UNHRC.

They also called for the immediate lifting of the curfew, ending the communications shutdown, and the release of political prisoners in Jammu and Kashmir.

However, she made a specific appeal to India to "ease the current lockdowns or curfews; to ensure people's access to basic services; and that all due process rights are respected for those who have been detained".

Tensions between Pakistan and its southeastern neighbor have been heightened since August 5, when India's government changed the status of Indian-administered Kashmir.

Following India's decision to strip Kashmiris of their seven-decade-long special autonomy through a rushed presidential order, tensions between Pakistan and India have been high. Pakistan, in all its official communication so far, has referred to Jammu and Kashmir as "India Administered Kashmir".

This assertion by Mr Gandhi was earlier cited by Pakistan Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari in a seven-page letter to the United Nations final month, spurring the Congress to make clear that his title was "mischievously dragged" by Islamabad to justify its stand on Kashmir.

She also said, "As a result of recent legislative measures progressive policies will now be fully applicable to our citizens in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh".

India, which stripped Kashmir of its autonomy on August 5, in response accused Pakistan of "offensive rhetoric.of false allegations and concocted charges" against it.

"We are not surprised at Pakistan's hysterical statements with false, fabricated narratives aimed to politicize and polarize this foru", Aryan said. "And if they do, they will be part of this criminal negligence", he said. Bachelet's statement was welcomed by Qureshi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who called for an independent investigation commission to look into human rights violations in the region. "Trump needs to understand that India does not accept mediation nor does it want third-party facilitation and there were no chances of bilateral engagement" either. There is a crisis that is going on now in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

"Many of [the prisoners] have been forcibly shipped to jails all over India, under draconian laws operative in the valley", Qureshi said.

He noted that U.S. President Trump had offered to mediate.

"As the world's largest democracy, India has an opportunity to demonstrate for all its citizens the importance of protecting and promoting equal rights including freedom of assembly, access to information and equal protections under the law", said the statement.

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