The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, recommending the repealing of black laws, Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act, from occupied Kashmir, has called for prompt, thorough and impartial investigations into the violations committed against human rights defenders in the occupied territory. Sekaggya made the recommendation in her report, which she released after one year of her visit to India and occupied Kashmir from January 10 to 21, 2011, to assess the current situation of human rights defenders. »

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India’s hegemonic designs have posed a great threat to the peace of entire world. The aggressive approach of New Delhi towards its neighbouring countries and interference in their internal matters is no more a secret.
The recent 17 percent increase in Indian defence budget has send alarm bells ringing amongst its bordering states. The Finance Minister of India, Pranab Mukherjee while presenting the budget in parliament on 16th March said that the allocation was based “on the present needs” and that the government would meet any “further needs for the security of the nation”. »

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The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, calling for a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute, on April 27, said that the “will” of Kashmiri people must be respected while finding any resolution of the Kashmir dispute. When asked about the UN position on Kashmir during a press conference in New Delhi, he said, “I hope this issue (Kashmir) is addressed peacefully without violence and respecting will of the people there.” »

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