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UN calls for international probe into Indian-occupied Kashmir human rights violation

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United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office report accuses India of ‘excessive use of force’ and human rights abuses in Kashmir.

In a first, UN Human Rights Office calls for international probe into IOK human rights violation

In the first ever UN Human Rights Office report on Kashmir, The UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called for international investigation into the abuses in Kashmir.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he would urge the Human Rights Council, which opens a new session next week, “to consider establishing a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir”.

“Alleged sites of mass graves in the Kashmir Valley and Jammu region should be investigated,” he said in a statement.

It should be noted that COI is UN’s highest-level probe, generally reserved for major crises like the Syrian conflict.

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Kashmir Report

Indian police clash with supporters of the hardline faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Confrence (APHC) during a protest following the house arrest of APHC leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani in Srinagar on August 23, 2015. Geelani was placed under house arrest shortly before attempting to leave his residence to address a seminar organised by the APHC. Police used tear smoke shells and water cannons to disperse hundreds of supporters protesting Geelani’s arrest. AFP PHOTO/ Tauseef MUSTAFA

Pakistan welcomes UN report

The government of Pakistan whole-heartedly accepted the first ever UN report on Kashmir and called reiterated UN’s call for international probe into Indian-Occupied Kashmir human rights violation.

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief and a strong contender for the post of Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan tweeted: “We welcome this Report & ask the OIC, EU as well as human rights bodies to put their weight behind this Report and seek the probe into the human rights violations by India in IOK.”

The official Twitter handle for the Government of Pakistan tweeted: “#Pakistan welcomes UN High Commissioner for Human Rights proposal to establish a Commission of Inquiry for international investigation into human rights violations in #Indian occupied #Kashmir. ~Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal.”

The spokesperson for Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohammad Faisal linked the report to the recent killing of renowned Kashmiri journalist Shujjat Bukhari. He tweeted: “Kashmiri jounalist Shujjat Bukhari’s targeted killing within hours of his tweet on the OHCHR report on Jammu & Kashmir – terrible coincidence, raises serious questions – India should investigate and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

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