Human security

OHCHR statement on J&K reflects ‘lack of understanding’ of security challenges: MEA

India took note Thursday of the statement by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on specific incidents in Jammu and Kashmir and said the remarks reflect a “lack of understanding” of security challenges India faces as a result of “cross-border terrorism”.

“We have seen the statement made by the spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on specific incidents in Jammu and Kashmir. The statement makes unsubstantiated and unfounded allegations against India’s law enforcement authorities and security forces. It also betrays a complete lack of understanding on the part of OHCHR of the security challenges India faces from cross-border terrorism and its impact on the most basic human right “the right to life” of our citizens. , including in Jammu and Kashmir, ”MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi said in response to media inquiries.

He said: To refer to banned terrorist organizations as “armed groups” demonstrates a clear bias on the part of OHCHR. As a democratic country, with a steadfast commitment to promote and protect the human rights of its citizens, India is taking all “necessary measures to combat cross-border terrorism”.

National security laws, such as the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 (UAPA), were enacted by Parliament to protect India’s sovereignty and ensure the safety of its citizens, he said. declared.

“The arrest and subsequent detention of the person mentioned in the statement was carried out entirely in accordance with the provisions of the law,” the MEA spokesman said.

He argued that the Indian authorities act against violations of the law and not against the legitimate exercise of rights.

“All of these actions are strictly in accordance with the law,” he said, adding:

“We urge OHCHR to develop a better understanding of the negative impact of terrorism on human rights.”

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a statement Wednesday that it was “deeply concerned about the arrest of Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez under India’s counterterrorism legislation, the Prevention of Illegal Activities Act (UAPA) “. ”.

The UN body also suggested that there should be amendments to the law to bring it in line with international human rights law and standards.

“We reiterate our calls for the UAPA to be amended to bring it into line with international human rights law and standards, and urge the authorities, pending the amendment of the law, to refrain from ‘use this law or other laws unduly restricting freedom of expression in cases involving civil society, the media and human rights defenders, ”he said.

On November 23, the elite anti-terrorism investigative body NIA arrested Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez under strict anti-terrorism law following a day-long raid on his office. and his residence in Kashmir.

Parvez was summoned to the NIA office in Srinagar on Monday for questioning from where he was formally arrested under various sections of the Prevention of Illegal Activities Act (UAPA) and the Indian Criminal Code for “financing terrorism. And other charges and was subsequently arrested.