SRINAGAR: Welcoming the OHCHR report on human rights violations in Kashmir, Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday said the report is the first ever by a UN body on Kashmir.
“Although much delayed, it (report) has recognised the grave human rights violations by the state, especially during the last thirty years, taking place in Kashmir,” Mirwaiz said in a statement.
A report by the UN Human Rights Office published on Thursday said, “There is an urgent need to address past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice for all people in Kashmir, who for seven decades have suffered a conflict that has claimed or ruined numerous lives.”
Mirwaiz said the detailed report by the world body reflects the ground situation of Kashmir and details how the people here are denied all freedoms and justice.
“The demand for a Commission of Inquiry into these violations is not only the need of the hour but long overdue as UN and the world body owes it to the subjugated people of Kashmir. UN has a moral obligation to the people of J&K as the promises made to us by it have so far not been fulfilled,” he said.
Appreciating the efforts and “bold leadership” of the present UN High Commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussain, Mirwaiz said, “The office of OHCHR despite complete non cooperation from the Indian government by not allowing any fact finding team to visit Kashmir was able to prepare this report.”
“Mirwaiz on behalf of the people of Kashmir thanked the UN body especially the High Commissioner for his earnest attempt in bringing the situation of human rights violations in Kashmir by the state in the global public domain besides asking for immediate end to the grave human right violations taking place here and for a meaningful resolution of the Kashmir dispute which is inclusive of the people of Kashmir,”the statement said.
Expressing dismay over the reaction of Ministry of External Affairs of India, which has described the report as prejudiced and rejected it, Mirwaiz said it is highly unfortunate that the Government of India (GoI) instead of taking the report of the world body seriously and making amendments in its “repressive” policy in Kashmir has chosen to attack the report.