NEW DELHI (Agencies) - India has dismissed United Nations' comments on the recent violent clashes in Occupied Kashmir as 'unwarranted' and 'irresponsible'. A foreign ministry spokesman said India did not require any advice on the protection and promotion of human rights of its citizens. The UN has called for an inquiry into the killings of civilian protesters. India troops have killed nearly 40 protesters since June, most of them in the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley. The protests were triggered by the allocation of land to a Hindu trust. They have developed into the most serious protests in Kashmir in years.  "We regret that the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has issued a statement on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.  This is uncalled for and irresponsible," spokesman for the Indian External Affairs Ministry Navtej Sarna said. The UN should be aware that Jammu and Kashmir has been a "victim of terrorist violence" for almost two decades and all through this period, the authorities have acted within the law and with restraint, he said. On Wednesday, the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a statement in Switzerland "calling on the Indian authorities and in particular security forces to respect the right to freedom of assembly and expression, and comply with international human rights principles in controlling the demonstrators". "The use of force should be proportionate to the threat posed and firearms must only be used in dispersing a violent assembly to protect individuals against an imminent threat of death or serious injury," it said. The United Nations called for a thorough and independent investigation into the killings.