India on Tuesday expressed dismay at the “inappropriate comments” made by the UN human rights chief on Jammu and Kashmir, saying his remarks do not reflect the ground reality and any shortfall in upholding human rights needs to be addressed in an impartial manner. and non-interference in the internal affairs of the country.
“We take note of India’s references in the oral update by the High Commissioner and express our dismay at his inappropriate remarks on the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, which do not reflect the ground reality,” said Secretary (West) in the ministry. External Affairs Minister Reenat Sandhu said India’s statement as part of the general debate on the oral update of the High Commissioner at the 48th session of the Human Rights Council on Tuesday.
Sandhu said India’s approach to the global promotion and protection of human rights is “based on our own experience as a pluralistic and inclusive society and a vibrant democracy.”
He said that India believes that the promotion and protection of human rights is best pursued through dialogue, consultation and cooperation between states and through the provision of technical assistance and capacity building.
“Any shortcoming in upholding human rights must be addressed in a transparent and fair manner, anchored with respect to national sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of states,” she said.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday described India’s use of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act as “worrying” as well as the “persistent” temporary communications blackouts in Jammu and Kashmir.
In his inaugural statement at the 48th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Bachelet acknowledged the Indian government’s efforts to combat terrorism and promote development in Jammu and Kashmir, but said that such “restrictive measures” should not be taken. This could result in human rights violations and further escalation of tension and discontent”.
Sandhu said that the Constitution of India enshrines basic human rights as fundamental rights. “Our parliament, independent judiciary, vibrant media and civil society ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by our people,” he said.
On Afghanistan, Sandhu said the situation in the country remains of “grave concern” and added that UN Security Resolution 2593 should guide the international community’s approach to Afghanistan.
The resolution, adopted under the Presidency of India’s Security Council in August, “reaffirms the importance of upholding the human rights of women, children and minorities, allowing safe passage for those wishing to leave Afghanistan and seeking humanitarian assistance.” Ensures uninterrupted access to He said the international community must stand with the people of Afghanistan in their desire to live in peace and dignity.