India at United Nations asks Pakistan to stop torture and unlawful killing

India on Monday confronted Pakistan at the United Nations (UN) and urged the western neighbour “to provide freedom to people of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) by ending its illegal and forceful occupation and to stop torture, enforced disappearances and unlawful killing.” The Permanent Mission of India to UN in Geneva submitted its recommendations to the Universal Periodic Review Working Group.

India while delivering the statement at the 28th working group session, First Secretary in the Mission Sumit Seth urged the Pakistan government “to stop targeting political dissidents and legitimate criticism in Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa” as well as “to stop torture, enforced disappearances and unlawful killing, including that of journalists and activists, by its security agencies and prosecute perpetrators”. And ” to end forced conversions and marriages of minorities, including Hindu, Sikh and Christian women, and prosecute all cases.”

Pakistan was also recommended “to dismantle special terrorist zones, safe havens” and “take verifiable actions, including on terror funding.”

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was introduced by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2006 which involves the assessment of human rights records of each member country in Geneva.

Some of the other recommendations that India penned down for Pakistan included ending harassment of minorities, preventing misuse of blasphemy law, stopping targeting political dissidents, stopping awarding death penalty to juveniles and execution of persons with disabilities.

New Delhi also recommended Islamabad to fulfil international obligations under International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and Vienna Convention on Consular Relation (VCCR) and stop attacks on Muslim minorities.

India also recommended reviewing the educational curriculum to remove extreme prejudices, religious intolerance and historical distortions.