It”s not about politics: OHCHR defends UN”s Kashmir report

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It”s not about politics: OHCHR defends UN”s Kashmir report

JULY 19, 20189

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a statement on Wednesday defending the first-ever UN human rights report on Kashmir.

In the statement, the OHCHR said the issue “is not about politics” and the intention behind the report was “to assist the states”.

OHCHR said: “The report was developed through remote monitoring, after the Indian and Pakistani authorities failed to grant them unconditional access to the region.” The OHCHR added that since the report was published, they have been deeply disappointed by the reaction of the Indian authorities, who “dismissed the report as ‘fallacious, tendentious and motivated’ without examining it and responding to the very serious concerns about the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir”.

“We are disturbed by the sustained attempts to distract and divert the focus away from the human rights violations on both sides of the Line of Control,” the OHCHR said.
The OHCHR added that the UN Human Rights Office has a “global mandate and works independently, with a well-established methodology” with an aim to help both the countries address the plaguing border issues.

New Delhi failed to address concerns: Pak

Meanwhile, Pakistan expressed disappointment on New Delhi’s dismissal of UN report in human rights in Kashmir.

In a series of tweets, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said: “New Delhi failed to address the very serious concerns raised by OHCHR in Kashmir report about the grave human rights situation in J&K. Since the report was published, we have been deeply disappointed by the reaction of the New Delhi as authorities dismissed the report as fallacious, tendentious and motivated without examining it and responding to the very serious concerns about the human rights situation.”

Faisal denied claims that a Canada-based imam of Pakistani descent, Zafar Bangash, was in constant touch with the UN high commissioner, making the inference that Bangash influenced the content of the report. “This is totally untrue. The High Commissioner has never spoken with Bangash, and we are not aware of receiving any information from him, let alone using it, although it is possible he sent an email or letter and received a polite acknowledgment, as is the case with thousands of letters and emails sent to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights,” he added.