UN reports on Kashmir exhibit bias views: India

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jul 2018 08:35:08


By Arul Louis,


Zeid’s report on human rights reflects clear bias of an official who was acting without any mandate, says India’s Deputy Permanent Representative Tanmaya Lal

Guterres’ report on armed conflicts includes situations, which do not meet the definition of armed conflict, she added

INDIA has accused United Nations (UN) Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein of exhibiting ‘clear bias’ in his report on Kashmir and criticised Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of overstepping his mandate in his report on children in armed conflict.
In the double-barrel attack, India’s Deputy Permanent Representative Tanmaya Lal told the Security Council on Monday that Zeid’s “so-called report” was “reflecting the clear bias of an official who was acting without any mandate whatsoever and relied on unverified sources of information”.

As for Guterres, he said: “We are disappointed that the report of the Secretary General includes situations, which do not meet the definition of armed conflict or of threat to maintenance of international peace and security.”

The report deals with Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. During the debate on children in armed conflict, Lal mentioned Guterres by his title, but did not mention Zeid by name or title while it was clear it was about him from the rebuttal to Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi who quoted Zeid saying in his report that “there were multiple cases of children under 18 years being arbitrarily detained and tortured”. She also mentioned the blinding of children by pellet guns used by security forces.

Hitting back, Lal said Lodhi’s reference to Zeid’s report was “deliberate self-serving attempts” by Islamabad “to obfuscate the reality of their own use of terror organisations to undermine State sovereignty”. He said: “They also distract from our discussions away from the issues at hand. Such attempts have not succeeded in the past in any forum and will not do so now.”

Zeid, who ends his term as High Commissioner in December, had called in his report for an international investigation by Human Rights Council into the situation in Kashmir.

The report was not taken up at the Human Rights Council session that ended last week and at least six countries opposed it during the general debate.

Lal dismissed it as a “document that was not even found fit to be considered by the membership of the forum where it was submitted”. Lal said that he had gone beyond “the clear mandate” provided by a 2001 Security Council Resolution that set the terms for his report. Guterres’s report includes criticism of Government and also Naxalites, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen. India apparently took exception to report saying that “children continued to be killed in context of operations of national security forces against armed groups”. It also said that “unverified reports” that indicate national security forces use children as “informants and spies”