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India rejects UN  Rapporteurs’ comments on J&K

Updated: February 19, 2021 1:15 pm
India has taken strong objection to the Press Release on Jammu & Kashmir by the two Special Rapporteurs of Human Rights Council on minority issues and freedom of religion or belief. Spokesman in the Ministry of External Affairs Anurag Srivastava said that India expects the Special Rapporteurs to develop a better understanding of the issues under their consideration before jumping to hasty conclusions and issuing press statements.

Replying over the statements issued by Special Rapporteur on minority issues Fernand de Varennes and Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Ahmed Shaheed, Mr. Srivastava said that their statement disregards the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part of India and the decision of 5th of August 2019 regarding change in its status from a State to a Union Territory was taken by the Parliament of the country. He said, their statements fails to take into account the steps aimed at ending decades of discrimination, enshrining democracy at the grassroot level through successful conduct of local elections for the District Development Councils and ensuring good governance through back to village programme.

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