Khuram Parvez finds mention in UN Secretary General’s report on human rights

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Srinagar, Sep 17: The United Nations report that identified 38 “shameful” countries which resorted to reprisals and intimidation against the human rights defenders has prominently mentioned Kashmir activist Khurram Parvez. The listed countries include India as well as Pakistan.
The list is part of the annual report Cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights that the office of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has compiled for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The report listed the instance of arrest, killings, torture and other intimidating practices that listed countries used against these people. It has also listed instances of ill-treatment, surveillance, criminalisation and public stigmatisation campaigns targeting victims and human rights defenders.
“The world owes it to those brave people standing up for human rights, who have responded to requests to provide information to and engage with the United Nations, to ensure their right to participate is respected,” Reuters quoted Guterres writing. “Punishing individuals for cooperating with the United Nations is a shameful practice that everyone must do more to stamp out.” He has said that the UN is “increasingly seeing” legal, political and administrative hurdles used to “intimidate and silence” the civil society.s
The report has regretted the “disturbing trend” of member countries using “national security arguments and counter-terrorism strategies” as justification for “blocking access by communities and civil society organisations to the United Nations.” The report will formally be submitted by the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour to the UN Human Rights Council this week. The Council is in session at Geneva.
The report has listed India for two reasons, the added restrictions on FCRA (Foreign Contributions Regulation Act) for NGOs preventing them offshore funding, and the Khuram Parvez incident.
The report says that Khuram Parvez had contributed to the OHCHR report of 2018. It also mentioned the threats by some group.