Indian troops martyr five Kashmiris in IoK: media reports

SRINAGAR: Indian occupation forces martyred five Kashmiris in Indian occupied Kashmir’s Shopian district on Saturday, according to media reports. 

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The citizens were martyred during a cordon and search operation in Shopian district’s Killora village.

The Indian army along with the police had launched a joint operation in the area on Friday evening.

On Friday, at least two Kashmiri youth were martyred by Indian troops in IoK’s Sopore district during a violent cordon and search operation in the district. The Indian occupation forces had also suspended internet service and shut down educational institutes in the Baramulla district.

The casualties in the latest attack take the total number of martyrdoms of Kashmiris over the last three days to nine.

UN Rights Chief stands by report on HR abuses in IOK

The United Nations Human Rights Chief has defended the World Body’s June 14 human rights report on Kashmir that said Indian troops used excessive force to kill and wound civilians since 2016 and called for an international investigation.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raad Al-Hussein, addressing his farewell news conference at the UN headquarters in New York while referring to the report said, “I will still stand by it.”

Zeid Raad Al-Hussein, an outspoken High Commissioner for Human Rights, leaves his Geneva-based post on August 31, after serving a four-year term. The first-ever UN report focused mainly on serious human rights violations in occupied Kashmir from July 2016 to April 2018.

“The report makes it clear the excessive use of force was of a gravity that demanded the attention of the international community,” he said in response to a question.

“If 6,000 people were struck by pellets in New Delhi or in Mumbai, it would be front-page news. Why is it that if you have that number in the (Kashmir) Valley somehow then that is something that should not be occupying the attention of the international community?” the High Commissioner posed the question.

The High Commissioner pointed out that the UN human rights experts were not allowed to visit occupied Kashmir to make an investigation, and for an absolutely clear picture without any inaccuracy, “we have to continue to press for access in the region because then any discrepancies will be sorted out”. “We are still waiting for the access to be given,” he added.

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