The United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights has come out with a report titled ‘Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir: Developments in the Indian State of J-K from June 2016 to April 2018, and General Human Rights Concerns in Azad J-K and Gilgit-Baltistan’. The first ever report of this kind was released on Thursday by the United Nations on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The biased and selective UN report also demands an international probe in Kashmir. Indian government has strongly reacted to this absurd and biased report published by the UNHRC and has termed it as a selective “compilation of largely unverified information.” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar has questioned the intent behind the publication of this report by the UN, “India rejects the report. It is fallacious, tendentious and motivated,” he added that the report violated “India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Couple of conclusions can be drawn by the reception of this report has been received at the hands of Indian and anti-Indian forces. While Indian government and majority of the Indians are enraged after having a look at these biased reports, Pakistan and separatist leaders from Kashmir valley and those from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir side have lapped up the report and praised it for raising the issues they think are important.
It is a prerequisite for any organisation which wants to know about Kashmir to remain free of internal bias and agendas from the very start. Kashmir is a touchy topic and such sub-par reporting conducted by the UNHRC has made it the laughing stock of the world. The biggest democracy in the world does not have a place in the United Nations Security Council while Saudi Arabia gets to sit on the Human Rights Council. Saudi Arabia keeps on committing countless violations of human rights on its soil most of which are religiously driven. The UN decision to appoint Saudi Arabia on its HRC panel is worthy of ridicule and condemnation. How can anyone trust the same UNHRC body when it releases its ‘ground-breaking’ report on the issues of Kashmir. Their plea to the Indian government to ensure protection of Rana Ayyub too comes under the same category. The ‘elite’ and ‘highly knowledgeable’ panel from the UN forgot to take into consideration the threat posed by Islamic terrorism and separatist forces operating in the Kashmir valley.
The biggest rebuttal to the HRC report came from the Kashmir valley itself, the Indian government has imposed a unilateral ceasefire in the valley till Eid. The HRC report came out on Thursday and Kashmiri separatist forces celebrated it, they went ahead with the celebrations and by evening a leading journalist from the Kashmir valley was killed by the terrorists. Shujaat Bukhari the Chief Editor of Rising Kashmir and a sympathiser of the separatists was gunned down during Ramzan in Kashmir. He was killed along with his personal security officer while he was leaving his office. This incident is enough to explain what the separatists are up to in the valley and what they are capable of doing if Indian security forces do not operate in the valley.
The report has also come out at a time when the Indian government has imposed a one month long unilateral ceasefire on the Indian security forces operating in the valley. The number of attacks and killings done by the terrorists in Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan is enough to rubbish the tall and baseless claims made by HRC in the reports.
BJP MP Subramanian Swamy reacted to the report by saying, “I would throw the report in the dustbin. They (UNOHCHR) are highly-prejudiced left dominated organisation. We should say to them, ‘to hell with you’. We don’t comment on reports written by people who don’t know about the subject.”
Breaking-India leaders like Jignesh Mevani, MLA from Gujarat shared this report and asked his followers to share it widely. If any elected representative of India would share this only if he is interested in creating unrest and division in the country. Jignesh Mevani and his alleged Maoist links have been uncovered recently and so have been his intentions. This thoroughly outrageous act adds to the long list of shameless deeds done by him in the past to gain prominence as a leader.
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India should also think about siding itself from panels like UNHRC as it has become an agenda driven and spineless organisation which drives propaganda to fulfil the wishes of its masters. A panel comprising of Saudi Arabians commenting on human rights violation is funny, it is like China giving advice to other countries to hold democratic elections .