ISLAMABAD - The United Nations (UN) has listed India among 38 shameful countries, which it said had carried out reprisals or intimidation against people cooperating with it on human rights, through killings, torture and arbitrary arrests, basically over the human rights violations in occupied Kashmir and other parts of the country.
Israel too is named in the list.
According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), allegations of ill-treatment, surveillance, criminalisation, and public stigmatisation campaigns targeting victims and human rights defenders were also included on the list.
“Authorities repeatedly charged human rights activists with terrorism or charged them for cooperating with foreign entities or damaging the state’s reputation or security,” it added.
“There is a worrying bias in the use of national security arguments and counter-terrorism strategies by states as an argument for barring access by communities and civil society organisations to the UN,” the report said.
Women supporting the UN had reported intimidations including rape and being subject to online slander attacks, and UN staff often encountered people who were too afraid to speak to them, even at UN headquarters in New York and Geneva.