The UN Human Rights chief on Thursday called for an international investigation into abuses in Kashmir, as his office released its first-ever report on alleged rights violations committed by both India and Pakistan in the disputed territory.
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.
A COI is one of the UN’s highest-level probes, generally reserved for major crises like the conflict in Syria.
According to the 49-page report, the Indian security forces have used excessive force in Kashmir and killed and wounded numerous civilians since 2016.
India rejects ‘motivated’ report
India, on its part, rejected the claims made in the report.
“India rejects the report. It is fallacious, tendentious and motivated. We question the intent in bringing out such a report,” the foreign said in a statement released on Thursday.
“It is a selective compilation of largely unverified information. It is overtly prejudiced and seeks to build a false narrat