NEW DELHI – The Indian government rejected on Thursday a report in which the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called for an investigation into the human rights situation in Kashmir, stating the report is fallacious and an attack on India’s sovereignty.
“India rejects the report. It is fallacious, tendentious and motivated,” the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement after the UN Human Rights office Thursday released a report on Kashmir.
In the dossier, the first ever UN report on human rights in Kashmir, an urgent appeal has been made to resolve past and current violations in this region over which India and Pakistan have been in conflict for seven decades.
India, however, criticized the report saying that it is a “selective compilation of largely unverified information. It is overtly prejudiced and seeks to build a false narrative.”
In the report, the UN denounced that since July 2016, after the death of a Kashmiri pro-independence leader triggered the worst protests in the region in years, up to 145 civilians have died in India-administered Kashmir at the hands of security forces, while another 20 were killed due to the actions of armed groups.
The Indian government also criticized that “the report violates Indian sovereignty and its territorial integrity” as it makes references to Indian Kashmir and Pakistani Kashmir when the “entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.”
Moreover, New Delhi also criticized the UN for referring to “internationally designated and UN-proscribed terrorist entities as ‘armed groups’ when “terrorism is the most egregious violation of human rights.”
India announced that it has conveyed its opinion and protest regarding the matter to the UN Human Rights office.
“We are deeply concerned that individual prejudices are being allowed to undermine the credibility of a UN institution,” concluded the ministry.