UN report on abuses in Kashmiri calls to set a commission of inquiry

ISLAMABAD: Following the launch of the first-ever United Nations report on the human rights situation in Kashmir that pointed to impunity for rights abuses and lack of access to justice in India-held Kashmir, the world body’s human rights chief on Thursday said he would ask the Human Rights Council to set up a ‘commission of inquiry’ — the UN’s highest-level probe — to investigate the rights violations in the held valley.

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“I will be urging the UN Human Rights Council to consider establishing a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir,” UN High Commi­ssioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement issued by his office from Geneva.

The Human Rights Council’s session is beginning from next Monday.

Mr Hussein said the Kashmir conflict had “robbed millions of their basic human rights, and continues to this day to inflict untold suffering” and it was one reason why he was “urging the UN Human Rights Council to consider establishing a commission of inquiry”.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the Indian Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat, has admitted that the Kashmiri youth are continuously joining the freedom struggle in occupied Kashmir. He has impliedly confessed India’s defeat in subduing militant movement.

General Rawat in an interview with the Economic Times said, “The issue is that a lot of locals are joining militancy. We kill them and more would join….this cycle of recruitment of local youth can go on and on. So talks must happen.”
The Indian army chief maintained that peace must be given a chance in Jammu and Kashmir.

While commenting on the controversial incident in which an Indian Major Leetul Gogoi had tied a Kashmiri youth to his jeep as a ‘human shield’, General Rawat said: “The inquiry is on. I had also made the statement that strongest punishment would be given to him if he is found guilty.”

Indian atrocities continued unabated in IoK as Indian troops, in their continued acts of state terrorism, martyred 31 Kashmiris including a woman and six young boys during the last month of May

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