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Deanna Wagner | 10 September, 2019, 16:46

A high-level diplomatic delegation led by MEA secretary (west) Vijay Thakur Singh and including India's high commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria has been deployed in Geneva to explain the government's rationale for recent steps taken in Jammu and Kashmir. So far, among western countries, only the USA and United Kingdom have consistently raised human rights concerns in Kashmir after the clampdown, even though they had shielded India from China's move to formally rake up recent developments at UN Security Council.

"I get along with both countries very well".

Jammu and Kashmir has been under a severe security lockdown since last month.

She appealed to the Indian government to ensure due process during the appeals process, prevent deportation or detention, and ensure people are protected from statelessness.

Pakistani foreign minister on Tuesday called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a "health emergency" in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, which has been facing a communication blackout since August 5.

While speaking to media before departing from The White House in Washington DC, in response to a question President Trump said: "India and Pakistan are having a conflict over Kashmir as you know".

"Pakistan will speak definitively at the UNHRC Session in Geneva on the continued Indian atrocities in #Kashmir".

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Bachelet said her office has received reports on the human rights situation on both sides of the Line of Control after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of its Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir's special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories, evoking strong reactions from Pakistan.

Jammu and Kashmir has been under a near-complete lockdown since August 5, after India scrapped its special status as the government has blocked communication access and imposed restrictions to thwart any protests in the region.

While talking to reporters soon after his arrival in Geneva, Mr Qureshi welcomed the remarks made by Ms Bachelet in her introductory address and appreciated that she talked about the lockdown and restrictions in occupied Kashmir.

"It is important that the people of Kashmir are consulted and engaged in any decision-making processes that have an impact on their future", said the UN Human Rights Commissioner. Trump had said that I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago and we talked about this subject (Kashmir).

He also met with Group of Ambassadors of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation at UNHCR and briefed them on the grave human rights violations and humanitarian emergency in the occupied valley. The MEA reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India, while expressing concerns over projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir or PoK.

"It also does not make him or her "a Foreigner", within the legal meaning of the term".