Let UNHCR visit Kashmir, investigate reports of human rights abuses: Indian rights body772 views
SRINAGAR: Government of India should let UNHRC to visit Kashmir, People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL), a New Delhi-based human rights organization, said in a statement released Sunday.
The PUCL also demanded release of a well-known Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez detained under Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978, which allows the Indian government to detain a person without trial for two years under the pretext of maintenance of public order.
“The Indian Government should immediately grant permission to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to visit Kashmir valley and enable it to conduct an independent inquiry into human rights abuses [taking places] in Kashmir, including the suppression of their democratic rights,” the resolution, which PUCL helped in getting passed in the national council meeting in Delhi, read.
The Indian government has repeatedly blocked all attempts by the UNHRC to intervene and investigate allegations of human rights abuses by Indian armed forces in Kashmir, the PUCL said in the statement.
“India has disallowed the request by the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, for conducting an inquiry by independent observers in Kashmir, stating that it is an internal matter. It is clear that the Indian state does not want to be held accountable for its human rights abuses in Kashmir, on the specious plea that it is an internal issue, despite the fact that India is a signatory to various conventions on human rights,” PUCL National General Secretary Dr. V. Suresh said in the statement.
“We note with serious concern that India’s policy in Kashmir has been marked by a culture of impunity, preventing scrutiny by national judicial mechanisms as well as independent international bodies into the actions of various security agencies of the state and central governments,” Suresh added.
Suresh also urged the Indian government to release Pervez at its earliest.
Indian police arrested Pervez from his hometown in Srinagar on Sept.16. The arrest came a day after he was stopped in Delhi by authorities from boarding a flight to Geneva. Pervez was flying to attend a session at United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC).