UN Human Rights Body Expresses Concern Over NRC, Kashmir Issue

BP World Bureau | Sep 10 2019 01:11:45 PM
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The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights opined that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Assam and Jammu and Kashmir issue has created  “great uncertainty and anxiety”.

“The recent National Register of Citizens (NRC) verification process in the North-East Indian state of Assam has caused great uncertainty and anxiety, with some 1.9 million people excluded from the final list published on August 31. I am appealing to the Modi government to clearly ensure due process during the appeals process, also prevent deportation or detention, and must ensure that people are protected from statelessness," said the chief Michelle Bachelet at the 42nd session of the Council conducted in Geneva.

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Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was likely to present the country’s argument on J&K at the 42nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. 

India is sending secretary-level bureaucrats with its own set of dossiers explaining the situation that led to the scrapping of the special status of J&K. 

She added that her office continues to receive reports on the human rights situation on both sides of the Line of Control and I am extremely concerned about the impact of recent actions by the Government of India on the human rights of Kashmiri residents.

“While I continue to urge the Indian government and Pakistan to ensure that human rights are respected and protected, I have also appealed, particularly to government of India to ease the current lockdowns or curfews; to ensure people’s access to basic services; and that with all due process rights must be respected for those who have been detained. It is very important that the people of Kashmir are properly consulted and engaged in any decision-making processes that have an impact on their future life,” she said.

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For the event, the representatives of the South Asian countries have gathered together. India and Pakistan had heated exchange during this event.

Qasim Suri, Deputy Speaker of Pakistan's National Assembly tried to highlight the Jammu and Kashmir issue while discussing the sustainable development goals during the event.

Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that India is ready to talk necessary outstanding issues with Pakistan bilaterally. Since the abrogation of article 370, tensions between the two nations have escalated, and there is a fear of both terror and violence.