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India protests UN human rights chief's comments on Kashmir

IANS  |  Geneva 

on Thursday strongly protested UN for Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's comments on the situation in his annual report and an oral update on developments at the 37th session of the UN Council here.

Stating that Hussein's update does not reflect the situation in adequately, Indian and to the UN offices and other international organisations in Geneva Raj Kumar said: "There is also a reference to the Indian state of and There is none to cross-border terrorism. Terrorism is the most fundamental violation of and we overlook its egregiousness at our own peril."

Kumar said that "selective and tendentious statements on issues only serve to undermine the credibility of this approach".

In his address on Wednesday, Hussein said: "With respect to Kashmir, on both sides of the Line of Control, regrettably unconditional access continues to be refused to my office, and I will report on this issue at greater length in June."

The also said that he was "increasingly disturbed by discrimination and violence directed at minorities, including Dalits and other Scheduled Castes, and religious minorities such as Muslims in

"In some cases, this injustice appears actively endorsed by local or religious officials," Hussein said.

"I am concerned that criticism of government policies is frequently met by claims that it constitutes sedition or a threat to national security. I am deeply concerned by efforts to limit critical voices through the cancellation or suspension of registration of thousands of NGOs, including groups advocating and even public health groups."

In his response on Thursday, said that "the Indian Constitution prohibited the state from discrimination against any citizen on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex, and place of birth".

"Along with being the world's largest democracy, Indian polity also weaves in immense diversity with respect for tolerance and mutual understanding," he said.

"An independent judiciary, and a vocal are all active in this regard within the legal framework of the State. National and state level commissions are monitoring compliance with "

said that the "has been pursuing welfare of all its citizens with schematic interventions in a systemic approach".

"The motto of 'Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas", that is, 'all together and development for all', is a commitment to our people," he said.

"Therefore, any assessment of should factor in its unique national circumstances and be based on the objective realities that point to a comprehensive effort to substantially raise the level of standard of living of all its citizens."



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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 21:56 IST