Independent probe into Kashmir unrest mandatory, UN rights chief says

By News Desk

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

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

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

 

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