India lodges strong protest over OHCHR human rights report, says it violates UN resolution

India has lodged a strong protest with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) over its recent report on human rights violations in the militancy-hit state of Jammu and Kashmir. In a communication sent to the OHCHR on June 12, New Delhi has raised the issue of the world bodys departure from internationally accepted terminology in the report. India pointed out that the OHCHR in its 49-page report described the United Nations-proscribed terrorist organisations like Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) as armed group 38 times and PoK as Azad Jammu and Kashmir 26 times. Besides, it said that the OHCHR nowhere mentioned cross-border terrorism rather used cross-border shelling twice. The OHCHR report, prepared by Jordanian citizen Zeid Ra The report also called for an international investigation into alleged human rights violations in Indian-Administered and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir, saying Indian and Pakistani security forces used excessive force in both sides of the disputed territory, killing and wounding civilians since 2016. However, India outrightly rejected the report calling it as fallacious, tendentious and motivated. Sources told IE that Zeid had shared the advance copy of the report with New Delhi on June 4 to point out factual errors. But the report issued by him on Thursday did not rectify the mistakes. Also the report which is titled According to the IE report, which cited sources, India argued that Zeid violated the UN resolution 48\/141 resolution by using terms like Azad JK and Gilgit Baltistan in the report. New Delhi strongly contended that it considers them (Azad JK and Gilgit Baltistan as cited in the OHCHR report) an integral part of India. The UN resolution 48\/141 states that the High Commissioner for Human Rights should respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of member countries. Zeid is a Jordanian national and belongs to a royal family. He is due to demit the office on August 31 this year. Zeid prepared the report without taking first-hand stock of the situation and consulting any of the members of the UNHRC. It added that the report represents Zaids personal views that is contradictory to the views of the UN Human Rights Council as an institution. We must distinguish between the two, India pointed out the Zeid didnt take into account New Delhis June 12 response while drafting the final report. He had not named cross-border terrorism even once it his report, adding that people of Jammu and Kashmir have been suffering due to state-sponsored cross-border terrorism from Pakistan for the last four decades. While referring to the recent horrific killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari by terrorists in Srinagar, sources said that since the 1990s, India has lost nearly 14,000 innocent civilians and over 5,000 security personnel to cross-border terrorism in JK. Sources also said that India All the members had conducted a peer review and that on no occasion, the Council mandated or authorized Zeid to undertake any monitoring.


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