International probe into Kashmir violence crucial: UN rights chief


The United Nation Human Rights chief has suggested that an impartial, independent and international panel shall be given access to Indian and Pakistan-administrated Kashmir.

He said the same in order to determine the situation in Kashmir – both sides of the border – can be resolved.

UN human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein told the Geneva-based Human Rights Council on Tuesday that, “I believe an independent, impartial and international mission is now needed crucially and that it should be given free and complete access to establish an objective assessment of the claims made by the two (Indian and Pakistani) sides.”

“We had previously received reports, and still continue to do so, claiming the Indian authorities had used force excessively against the civilian population under its administration. We furthermore received conflicting narratives from the two sides as to the cause for the confrontations and the reported large numbers of people killed and wounded,” he said.

Hussein told the Human Right Council that he had urged the Indian and Pakistani government to invite his teams to take a visit to Kashmir and in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to evaluate the situation.

Pakistan on 9th September invited UN human rights team to come to the Pakistan side of Kashmir but alongside with another team in India’s Kashmir. He is yet to receive a response from India.

“I have yet to receive a formal letter from the Government of India. I, therefore, request here and publicly, from the two Governments, access that is unconditional to both sides of the line of control,” he added.

The unrest in the valley, from more than two months in which at least 85 people are dead and thousands are injured, has caused him to make these remarks.

Wefornews Bureau

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