UN rights chief calls for major probe into Kashmir abuses

The UN human rights chief on Thursday called for a major investigation into violations committed in both sides of the disputed territory of Kashmir.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he would urge the Human Rights Council, which opens a new session next week, “to consider establishing a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir.” Prince Zeid also highlighted “chronic impunity for violations committed by security forces”.

Kashmir has been divided since the end of British colonial rule in 1947 and both New Delhi and Islamabad claim the former Himalayan kingdom in full.

Source: Jordan News Agency