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News of the Day : India cuts off UN panel after Jammu & Kashmir report
- May 21, 2019
- Posted by: Shivam
- Category: NEWS Worth To Read
News of the Day
After elections, oil marketing firms hike petrol, diesel prices
State-owned oil marketing companies (OMCs) increased prices of petrol and diesel across the country on Monday, a day after the last phase of Lok Sabha polls concluded. This could mark the beginning of a rising trend in fuel prices as they are once again aligned to the rising global oil prices.
Petrol prices rose 8-10 paise, and diesel price increased 15-16 paise across major cities on Monday, according to data from Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL). In Mumbai, the price of petrol was increased to 76.73 per litre from 76.64 per litre on May 19, while in New Delhi, the price of petrol has been increased to 71.12 from 71.03. Similarly, a litre of diesel now costs 69.27 per litre in Mumbai, while in Delhi, it costs 66.11 per litre.
In Kolkata and Chennai, petrol rates jumped to 73.19 and 73.82 per litre respectively, while diesel stood at 67.86 and 69.88 per litre respectively.
Crude oil prices
The rise in fuel prices is attributed to the rise in crude oil prices in the international market. “There has been no official direction to keep fuel prices unchanged, and in fact, the fuel prices have been changed during the election period,” an official in state-owned HPCL told The Hindu.
Fuel prices in India usually accommodate a change in crude oil prices with a delay of 15 days to a month, hence the prices during the election period (April 11 to May 19) should ideally respond to the oil prices in the corresponding period prior to that. While crude oil prices in the Indian basket increased 9.8% in the March 11 to April 17 period to $72.9 per barrel, the price of petrol in Delhi in fact fell 2.36% from April 11 to May 19, indicating an artificial disconnect between the two.
India cuts off UN panel after Jammu & Kashmir report
Reacting angrily to a submission from the Geneva-based Human Rights Council (HRC) on the alleged violations in Jammu and Kashmir, India has informed the United Nations body that it will no longer entertain any communication with the HRC’s Special Rapporteurs on its report.
The report from the UN body came at the same time a report from two NGOs in the State on the alleged cases of torture was released in Srinagar, which was endorsed by a former UN Special Rapporteur. Queries on action taken The current Special Rapporteurs on Extrajudicial Executions, Torture, and Right to Health — Agnes Callamard, Dainius Puras and Nils Melzer — had referred to a June 2018 report of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) and written to the government in March 2019, asking about steps taken by New Delhi to address the alleged human rights violations listed in the report. In addition, the Special Rapporteurs had listed “13 cases of concern” from 2018 alone, in which “four children were among eight civilians killed by members of the security forces.”
Rejecting all the claims, the Indian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva replied to the OHCHR on April 23, saying that “India… does not intend to engage further with these mandate-holders or any other mandate-holders on the issue,” whom it accused of “individual prejudice”.
India had also rejected the OHCHR’s report on the ‘Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir’ — the first-ever such report on Jammu and Kashmir that came out in June 2018 — and accused the High Commissioner of Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein of “clear bias” in bringing it out.
When asked, the Ministry of External Affairs clarified that India’s stand on not engaging with the Special Rapporteurs was only for those wishing to refer to the OHCHR report.
However, UN officials say that India is already in contravention of several Conventions it has committed to, including a “Standing Invitation” signed in 2011 to all special rapporteurs to visit India. According to the UN records, more than 20 such visit requests, including to Jammu and Kashmir, are pending at present. UN sources also said that between 2016-2018, the OHCHR Special Rapporteurs had sent as many as 58 communications, and had received no response other than the April 23 letter on Jammu and Kashmir.
“The only response so far has been to the communication relating to Jammu and Kashmir….The last visit was by the Special Rapporteur on water and sanitation, in October-November 2017,” a UN communications official said in reply to queries from The Hindu.
Report from NGOs
The UN submission on Jammu and Kashmir coincided with the release of an extensive 560-page report on Monday, prepared by the J&K based Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) and the J&K Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS). The report, entitled ‘Torture: Indian State’s Instrument of Control in J&K’, documented 432 cases of suspected human rights violations and brutality by security forces of which only 27 had been investigated by the State Human Rights Commission.
The report claimed that nearly “70% of torture victims in Jammu and Kashmir were civilians (not militants) and 11% died during or as a result of torture”. The cases included incidents of electrocution, ‘water-boarding’ and sexual torture, which the government has repeatedly denied.
“This report will constitute a landmark. It is hoped it will be an example to other civil society organizations in India and in other countries as a model,” wrote Juan E. Mendez, former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (2010-16), in the report’s preface, adding that he had been denied permission to visit India.
(Source – The Hindu)