New Delhi objects to ‘India-administered Kashmir’ term, decries UN’s ‘naming and shaming’...

New Delhi objects to ‘India-administered Kashmir’ term, decries UN’s ‘naming and shaming’ countries

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India has now come down heavily on the United Nations itself. India has objected against the indiscriminate use of the term Indian Administered Jammu and Kashmir. The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and therefore the neutrality of the term India-administered Kashmir is totally artificial. This was firmly stated by India after the United Nations human rights chief reiterated his request to India and Pakistan for access to the troubled region, adding that “zero tolerance” to terrorism is an intemational obligation. This request was made by the HRC on the opening day of the three week session of HRC in Geneva, last Tuesday.

“We have noted the high commissioner, reference to denial of access to, as he described, the ‘Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir’, said the Permanent Representative of India .The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India. Pakistan remains in illegal occupation of a part of our territory: India said in an interactive dialogue held at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on Thursday.

“We have noted the high commissioner, reference to denial of access to, as he described, the ‘Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir’, said the Permanent Representative of India .The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India. Pakistan remained in illegal occupation of a part of our territory: India said in an interactive dialogue held at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on Thursday.

Therefore, the neutrality of the phrase ‘Indian-administered Jammu & Kashmir’ is artificial. Furthermore, the state of Jammu and Kashmir has an elected democratic government that represents all sections of the people unlike the situation in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir,” ambassador and permanent representative of India to the UN offices in Geneva, Rajiv Chander, told the HRC.

Zeid R al-Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in his opening statement had   reiterated his call to India and Pakistan to allow “unconditional access” for his office to the region. He had made the same request to the two neighbours in the last HRC session in March this year. “Despite repeated high-level requests to India and Pakistan, permission for my staff to have unconditional access to both sides of the Line of Control in India-administered Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-administered Kashmir has still not been granted, and we continue to receive reports of increasing violence, civilian casualties, curfews and website blackout.   For the last two years, the UN human rights chief has been naming countries at the HRC who have not been cooperating or selectively cooperating with his office, including not giving access to their territories, or where there have been rights violations of concern to the UN.

India rightly objected to this behaviour of the UNHRC and said that the practice of “naming and shaming” countries at the HRC was unhelpful to the cause of promotion of human rights. “We remain unconvinced by the belief in certain quarters that the true promotion and protection of human rights can be achieved through naming and shaming, particularly in the case of thriving pluralistic societies with deep-rooted democratic traditions and institutions: Chander said. India firmly stated that a robust independent media and civil society combined with an impartial judiciary acted as the sentinels of Indian democracy.

Chander said that it is not the naming that shames. The shame comes from the actions themselves, the conduct or violations at issue. This gimmick of UNHRC also mentioned a number of other countries as well including Myanmar, Burundi, Venezuela, Turkey, Egypt and China.

Our Ambassador has done a wonderful thing. This kind of reference by the UN must come to a stop forthwith otherwise others too can coin phrases like British occupied Scotland , British occupied Falkland, US occupied Afghanistan , US occupied Iraq and of course Chinese occupied Tibet.