India rejects UN request for a visit to the IHK
NEW DELHI (92 News) – India on Wednesday rejected a request by the United Nations’ human rights chief for a visit to gather information on the Indian-held Kashmir (IHK), where security forces have been accused of using excessive violence in trying to quell unrest.
Zeid Raad Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, called for “access that is unconditional to both sides of the Line of Control,” the boundary between India and Pakistan that runs through Kashmir.
Speaking to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Hussein said his request was granted by Pakistan, but New Delhi swiftly responded that an external inquiry was unnecessary and that it was “fully engaged in normalizing the situation as soon as possible.”
Curfew and restrictions continued in Kashmir today to maintain law and order, a day after two innocent Kashmiris died in the Valley taking the toll in the unrest to above 90.
Yesterday, Indian authorities had clamped curfew across the Valley to foil the Hurriyet leaders’ plan of holding a rally to the local office of the United Nations Military Observers Group.
More than 90 people –all civilians – have died in the Indian-occupied Kashmir since July 9, when protests erupted after Indian security forces killed Burhan Wani.
In the main government hospital in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, more than 1000 people have been treated for eye injuries caused by the pellets, which are made of metal and encased in a thin rubber coating. Many of them have lost at least partial eyesight.
The violence continued Tuesday when two people were killed, including a 19-year-old man, and dozens injured in clashes with security forces who were enforcing a rare curfew on the Muslim holiday of Eidul Azha.
Authorities imposed the curfew across all 10 districts of Kashmir to thwart plans by separatist groups to march to the local offices of the United Nations.