Amnesty’s Statement On UN OHCHR Report On Human Rights Situation In Kashmir
Kashmir Updates - Amnesty International India
Bengaluru/ New Delhi: - July, 08 2019
Responding to the second-ever report released by the UN on the human rights situation in both Indian-Administered Kashmir and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir, Aakar Patel, Executive Director, Amnesty International India, said:
“India must pay heed to the UN reports and fulfil its obligations under international human rights law. It must immediately end the atmosphere of impunity by repealing repressive laws, criminalizing torture and ensuring effective, impartial and independent investigations into human rights abuses. It must also end the use of pellet guns and other weapons which are inherently inaccurate and indiscriminate and have injured hundreds of innocent civilians and protect human rights defenders and journalists.”
India had rejected the findings and recommendations of last year’s report accusing the United Nations of violating its “sovereignty and territorial integrity”. Unsurprisingly, the present report states that no meaningful improvements, follow up or serious discussion took place on the recommendations.