Wednesday, 23 September 2020, 12:12:25 pm
Incidents of violence against civilians continue in IIOJK, UNHRC informed
September 14, 2020

The UN Human Rights Council was informed on Monday that in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, incidents of military and police violence against civilians continue, including use of pellet guns. 

On the opening of 45th session of the Council in Geneva, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, presented an oral update on human rights situations around the world.

Michelle Bachelet said in IIOJ&K, major legal changes including amendments in the Constitution and domicile rules are generating deep anxiety and the space for political debate and public participation continues to be severely restricted.

On the overall engagement of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights with Pakistan and India, with reference to upholding the rights of Kashmiris, she said her Office is committed to continuing its engagement with both India and Pakistan, to uphold the rights of the Kashmiri people which is the best way to prevent further tensions and conflict.

The High Commissioner's remarks today reinforce the serious concerns that have been repeatedly expressed by Pakistan, international media and global human rights organizations.