UN High Commissioner Voiced Concerns over Human Rights Violations in IIOJK

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet at the start of the 48th session (2021) of the UN Human Rights Council on human rights developments around the world voiced her continued concern over the situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (OJK), saying the ongoing use of a tough law, which is aimed at quelling dissent, was “worrying.”

UN HC for Human Rights Voiced Concerns over Human Rights Violations in IIOJK
UN HC for Human Rights Voiced Concerns over Human Rights Violations in IIOJK


“Indian authorities’ restrictions on public assembly, and frequent temporary communication blackouts, continue in Jammu and Kashmir, while hundreds of people remain in detention for exercising their right to the freedom of expression, and journalists face ever-growing pressure.

“Ongoing use of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act throughout India is worrying, with Jammu and Kashmir having among the highest number of cases in the country,” the UN rights chief said in the section on the disputed territory, adding that “such restrictive measures can result in human rights violations and foster further tensions and discontent.

Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has been expressing her concerns regarding the plight of people 11OJK since 2018 after the first ever report of the UN on the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir was issued by the UN. The report called for an international inquiry into multiple human rights violations and abuses and the deliverance of justice for people in Kashmir.

The report also expressed urgent need to address past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice for all people in Kashmir, who for seven decades have suffered a conflict that has claimed or ruined numerous lives.

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The main focus of the report was the human rights situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir from July 2016 to April 2018.

On 5 August 2019, the Indian government revoked Articles 370, 35A, and other related provisions from its Constitution, simultaneously, India locked the region down, detaining thousands of people, imposing movement restrictions, and enforcing a communications blackout.


What is happening in Kashmir post-August 2019 is nothing new. In the past as well the Valley has witnessed coercive measures that have caused killings, debilitating pellet injuries, unlawful detention and torture, sexual violence, enforced disappearance, etc.

Members of civil society and international humanitarian agencies have documented and
campaigned around some of the gravest forms of human rights violations in Kashmir. As per the partition plan, the people of Kashmir were given the right of self-determination to decide their destiny. Ironically India played a highly negative part at that time and forcefully and illegally annexed Kashmir.


India took the matter to the UN which also decided that a plebiscite is the only legitimate solution of the problem. India backed off and its own commitment and started to coerce the factors involving the implementation of UN Resolutions.

As of today, Kashmir is the most militarized zone in the world. Illegal and draconian laws like PSA fully protect the IOFs to torment innocent civilians to submit to the demands of India.

Indian forces resorted to lockdowns, curfew, communication blackouts, rape, arson, kidnapping, illegal detentions, etc. The international organizations, watchdogs, and stakeholders are fully cognizant of Indian brutalities. India has converted Kashmir Into a Nazi concentration camp where Kashmiris are dealt with like convicts without the exception of women and children.

  • Mainstream media and SM are continuously reporting the grave violations of HRs of Indian forces and warned the international community of dire consequences for regional and international peace.
  • Voices of dissent can be heard from Indian scholars, HRs activists, analysts, and important media personalities from the mainland cautioning the Indian govt with the demand of peaceful resolution of the problem.
  • In grave violation of HRs, the family of iconic Kashmirl leaders was denied performing the last rites and Syed Ali Geelani was laid to rest in a tight military siege at Haiderpora in Srinagar.
  • Indian government was so afraid of Geelani that they had resorted to this inhuman act even after his passing away.

The serious act of HRV by the Indian government in the case of performing of last rites and burial of 92 years old veteran Kashmiri leader was condemned by OIC and covered by important international news agencies and papers like Routers, Washington Post, and France 24.

RESPONSE NARRATIVE UNSC is the appropriate platform of UN for conflict resolution and implementation of its Resolutions. The Security Council has unique responsibility and decision-making powers and. has a range of tools at its disposal to forcefully implement its passed resolutions.


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