South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights

NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that the current turmoil in Kashmir also concerns the human rights of security forces as well as those who have been attacked by stone-pelting youth.

The commission called the use of plastic pellets by central forces in J&K “controversial”, stopping well short of endorsing the complaint of secessionists and a few human rights activists who have accused the Centre of using pellet guns as an instrument of terror.

The country’s apex human rights body further said that the present turmoil in Kashmir was “augmented by trans-border terrorism and jihadi funding from the neighbouring country”, clearly hinting at Pakistan.

The NHRC report has been submitted to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group of the United Nations which is to review India’s human rights record on Thursday: an exercise which is likely to be used by Pakistan and international human rights groups who have long been unsympathetic to India to embarrass the country in the light of allegations of excesses by security forces.

Updated On: May 3, 2017