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Guterres backs Zeid’s call for Kashmir human rights investigation

Prime News, International (United Nations), July 13:- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has backed Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s call for an international investigation into human rights situation in Kashmir saying that it represents the “voice of the UN”, a news gatherer IANS reported.

He also defended at a news conference on Thursday his own report on children in armed conflict that referred to situations in Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh, and Jharkhand.

He denied India’s assertions that his report overstepped his mandate and that Zeid’s had no mandate and said that they were both covered by the “the general mandate of human rights instruments”.

On Monday, India’s Deputy Permanent Representative Tanmaya Lal told the Security Council that Zeid’s “so-called report” was “reflecting the clear bias of an official who was acting without any mandate whatsoever and relied on unverified sources of information”.

As for Guterres’s report, Lal said: “We are disappointed that the report of the Secretary-General includes situations, which do not meet the definition of an armed conflict or of a threat to the maintenance of international peace and security.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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