The UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) : First Report on Kashmir

By moderator July 9, 2019 16:33

The UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) said India and Pakistan had failed to improve the situation in Kashmir and not taken any concrete steps to address the numerous concerns raised in its earlier report.


  • Last year, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released it’s the first-ever report on Kashmir, urging action by both countries to reduce tensions.
  • The update made wide-ranging recommendations to the governments of India and Pakistan and urged the Human Rights Council (HRC) to explore possibilities of setting up an international commission of inquiry into the allegations of human rights abuse in Kashmir.
  • The comprehensive report from the OHCHR said India continues to use pellet-firing shotguns as a crowd control tool and criticized various laws that used for detention and arrest of political activists and civil society figures in Kashmir.

India’s objections against the report

  • India said the report had extended legitimacy to cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan though it was is in complete variance with UN Security Council positions.
  • India described the report as part of the continued “motivated narrative” against Indian sovereignty and integrity.
  • It also said the update referred to terror outfits such as Jaish-e-Mohammed as “armed groups”, and reminded that the UN Security Council had blamed the group for the February 14, 2019, Pulwama terror attack that led to a deterioration in India-Pakistan ties.
  • India also said the update had distorted its policy on the Kashmir issue and failed to recognize that the Indian state ensured justice through a strong judiciary and a national human rights mechanism.
  • It pointed out that the new report reflected a “prejudiced mindset” which chose to ignore the “comprehensive socio-economic development efforts undertaken by the government in the face of terrorist challenges”.
  • The report was crafted without taking into account the campaign by the Pakistan-backed terror outfits. It also said the update seems to be a contrived effort to create an artificial parity between the world’s largest and the most vibrant democracy and a country that openly practices state-sponsored terrorism.

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By moderator July 9, 2019 16:33