Countries across continents support India on Kashmir at UN, Pakistan isolated

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Countries across continents support India on Kashmir at UN, Pakistan isolated

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India found support as it rejected a UN report on Kashmir
  • No country supported Pakistan which demanded “commission of Inquiry”
  • The timing and purpose of the report is being questioned as well
Even as India rejected the report prepared by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), it was not alone in doing so.
During the ‘General debate on the overall update of the High Commissioner on the situation of Human Rights worldwide and on the activities of his office’ at the Human Rights Council, the Kashmir report was discussed, and six nations rejected the report authored by Zeid Raad Al Hussein.
There were two from Asia (Bhutan, Afghanistan), one from Africa (Mauritius), one from Eurasia (Belarus), and two from Latin America (Cuba, Venezuela).
While Pakistan’s permanent representative to UN in Geneva, Farukh Amil, made an ardent appeal on behalf of his own country to establish a commission of inquiry in Jammu and Kashmir, he did not have much to add when he spoke on behalf of the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation).
“The OHCHR report on Jammu & Kashmir also points to a grave situation in Indian Administered Kashmir and needs appropriate follow up by this council,” said the Pakistan envoy on behalf of OIC.
Not a single country came out in support of either Pakistan or the OHCHR report on Kashmir, while many questioned the timing and the veracity of the report itself.
In its first-ever human rights report on Kashmir, the UNHRC has called for international inquiry into multiple violations in the undivided Jammu and Kashmir.
The 49-page report details human rights violations and abuses on both sides of the Line of Control, and highlights a situation of “chronic” impunity for violations committed by security forces. India Today Report

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