UN ends half a century of silence on Kashmir
The United Nations (UN) has ended its long silence on Kashmir and has quietly increased pressure on India in recent months, diplomats and human rights activists say.
They said India was criticized at the opening of the 35th session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday.
This happened for the third consecutive session of the Council, and diplomats and human rights defenders say this is unprecedented, they said, adding: “The coming days indicate New Delhi could face more international diplomatic challenges on Kashmir.”
“We continue to receive reports of increasing violence, civilian casualties, curfews and website blackouts” in Kashmir,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, in his Opening Statement at the start of the 35th session of UNHRC.
The opening statements by the UN human rights chief highlights issues that deserve top international attention. For decades, Kashmir slipped out of the list and was forgotten. But starting in September 2016, Kashmir made a surprise return to the UN human rights agenda. Al-Hussein delivered a comprehensive speech at the start of the session, tackling issues as diverse as ISIS, Syria, Israel, Iran and Cuba.