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UN: India’s reaction to UNHRC’s Kashmir report ‘deeply disappointing’

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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The United Nations has issued a statement responding to India on Kashmir report by UNHRC, underlining that the world body was “deeply disappointed” by the reaction of the Indian authorities, who dismissed the report as “fallacious, tendentious and motivated without examining it.”

"The report was developed through remote monitoring, after the Indian and Pakistani authorities failed to grant us unconditional access to the region. Since the report was published, we have been deeply disappointed by the reaction of the Indian authorities, who dismissed the report as “fallacious, tendentious and motivated” without examining it and responding to the very serious concerns about the human rights situation in Indian-administered Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir as laid out in the report", reads the statement.

UN defended the UNHRC report by saying “we would like to set the facts straight. The Kashmir report contains 388 footnotes incl. Many official sources like the Indian parliament, Supreme Court, union ministry of defence, etc. Accusations that we used unverified information are thus puzzling.”

"In recent days, a surprising number of Indian media organizations have seized unquestioningly upon a claim by someone reported to be a Canada-based imam of Pakistani descent, named Zafar Bangash, that the High Commissioner was in constant contact with him, with the inference being that Mr Bangash influenced the content of the report. This is totally untrue. The High Commissioner has never spoken with Mr Bangash, and we are not aware of receiving any information from him, let alone using it, although it is possible he sent an email or letter and received a polite acknowledgment, as is the case with thousands of letters and emails sent to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights."

Further, the organization has expressed distress on the 'sustained attempts to distract and divert the focus away from the human rights violations on both sides of the Line of Control'.

“We are disturbed by the sustained attempts to distract and divert the focus away from the human rights violations on both sides of the Line of Control. The UN Human Rights Office has a global mandate and works independently, with a well-established methodology, in its public reporting. Ultimately, our goal in drafting this report was to assist the States and others to identify and address human rights challenges and to give a voice to all Kashmiris who have been rendered voiceless amid the deep political polarization. This is not about politics. It is about the human rights of millions of people in Kashmir. And we will continue to try to engage with Indian and Pakistani authorities on this and other important human rights issues, and press for access to both Indian-administered Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir.”