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India rejected a report from the UN that called for an international investigation into the alleged incidents of human rights abuse by Indian forces in Kashmir.

A statement from the Ministry of External Affairs said the first-ever UN report on human rights situation was “fallacious.”

“It is a selective compilation of largely unverified information. It is overtly prejudiced and seeks to build a false narrative. The report violates India’s sovereignty and integrity… it is disturbing that those behind this report have chosen to describe internationally designated and UN-proscribed terrorist entities as ‘armed groups’ and terrorists as ‘leaders.’ This undermines the UN-led consensus on zero tolerance to terrorism,” the MEA said in a response to the report, which covers both the State of Jammu and Kashmir and the part of the State under Pakistani control.

About the report

The 49-page report focused on the human rights situation in the State between January 2016 and April 2018 during which violence escalated. In view of the spiralling terrorism and counter-terror operations, the report urged India to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance, and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and its Optional Protocol.

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said the report was drafted through remote-monitoring as neither Pakistan nor India was willing to grant access to the sources on both sides of the Line of Control. The U.N. corroborated information through sources on the ground.

(Adapted from the Hindu)