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UN urges establishment of inquiry commission to probe HR violations in Occupied Kashmir
July 10, 2019

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The United Nation in its fresh report has recommended the formation of a commission of inquiry by the Human Rights Council to conduct a comprehensive, independent, international investigation into human rights violations in the Occupied Kashmir.

The new 43-page report published by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva said that despite highest number of civilians killed near gunfight sites there was no information about any new investigation into excessive use of force leading to casualties.

It said that no prosecutions have been reported and it does not appear that Indian forces have been asked to re-evaluate or change their crowd-control techniques or rules of engagement.

The report added that around 160 civilians were killed in 2018, which is believed to be the highest number in over a decade.

The report said that the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) remains a key obstacle to accountability.

It said that despite international concerns at the alarming numbers of deaths and life-altering injuries caused by the forces, leading to further deaths and serious injuries.

It said that the authorities in Occupied Kashmir continue to use various forms of arbitrary detention to target protesters, political dissidents and other civil society actors.

The report said occupied Kashmir continues to face frequent barriers to internet access as the authorities continue to suspend arbitrarily internet services.

Meanwhile, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq terms the second and latest report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on rights violations in occupied Kashmir as confirmation of Hurriyat's stand.  

Hurriyat forum in a statement in Srinagar today said that the report again reiterates the grave human rights situation in the valley.

The forum calls for the urgent need to address the past and ongoing human rights violations and deliver justice to the people in the held valley.