‘Deeply disappointed’, says OHCHR on Indian government’s reaction to report on Kashmir

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday said it was “deeply disappointed” at the reaction of Indian authorities to its first-ever human rights report on Kashmir last month. The report had accused security forces on both sides of the Line of Control of human rights violations and abuses.
The Ministry of External Affairs said the report violated India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. It also described the report as “fallacious, tendentious and motivated”. Later, India said the report showed a “clear bias” and was not fit to be considered by members of the Office of the United Nations Human Rights Council, where it has been submitted.
“The report was developed through remote monitoring, after the Indian and Pakistani authorities failed to grant us unconditional access to the region,” OHCHR said. The human rights body said that Indian authorities had dismissed the report “without examining it and responding to the very serious concerns about the human rights situation in Indian-administered Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir as laid out in the report”.
The OHCHR also criticised the Indian media for believing a Canada-based imam of Pakistani descent, who claimed that Hussein had been in contact with him while the report was being prepared, “with the inference being that Zafar Bangash influenced the content of the report”.