V K Singh, Union Minister of State for External Affairs, has said that the UN report on Kashmir was an ‘individual report’ and had nothing to do with the international body.
While speaking on ‘Global Dialogue Security Summit’ in a seminar, he said that historically, India had a continental, not a global outlook, thus not letting India venture out extensively.
“That report has nothing to do with the UN. That was an individual report and let’s keep it that,” he said, in response to an inquiry.
Earlier, on Thursday, Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General had backed the Human Rights High Commissioner, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s call for an international investigation into the violation of human rights in Kashmir.
“As you can imagine all the action of the Human Rights High Commissioner is an action that represents the voice of the UN in relation to that issue,” he stated at the conference.
In a response to an inquiry that pointed out the contradiction of the reports towards India’s stand on Kashmir being its integral part, Antonio said that there was a ‘distinction between political matters and human rights’.
“What the Human Rights Commissioner did was the use of its own competencies and capacities as it does in all other parts of the world to report on what he considers to be relevant human rights violations,” he said, adding that the report is a report about situations in which the rights of children have been put into question.
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This development arrives after the UN published a 49-page report citing human rights violations by armed forces in Kashmir. India responded by calling the report ‘fallacious, tendentious and motivated’.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had said the report was “overtly prejudiced” and sought to build a “false narrative”.
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New Delhi had also lodged a strong protest on the use of terminology in the report, saying that the body had departed from internationally accepted terminology.