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European parliamentarians urge dialogue on Kashmir difficulty

Members of the European Parliament have written to the president and vp of the European Commission relating to the ‘grave and systematic human rights violation of the Kashmiri people’.

According to the letter, the individuals of Indian Illegaly Occupied Jammu and Kashmir have been topic to “intolerable suppression of their freedom and fundamental rights over the past seven decades”.

The letter highlighted that for the reason that enactment of India’s Citizenship Amendment Act on August 5, 2019, nonetheless, it “appears more evident that India has abandoned any political approach to the insurgency in Kashmir and is managing the crisis with almost exclusively military means”.

It additional said that as per the Amnesty International Report of 2021 and for the reason that revocation of IIOJK’s particular standing in 2019, the Indian authorities have arrested many human rights defenders together with journalists and activists underneath the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, India’s major counter-terrorism legislation.

“At least 36 journalists have confronted interrogation, raids, threats, or bodily assault for his or her reporting till now. According to Access Now, individuals in Jammu and Kashmir confronted at the very least 85 web shutdowns in 2021 – one of many highest on the planet,” is said.

Shedding mild on the Modi-led regime’s hypocrisy, it maintained that regardless of the Indian authorities claiming that its selections would put an finish to militancy within the area and that there was a major enchancment within the safety scenario in IIOJK, Kashmiris are more and more alienated from the Indian state, with an increasing number of youth becoming a member of rebel teams.

The letter additional highlighted the fixed abuse confronted by the individuals of occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and maintained that “failure to address these abuses violated the rights of the victims to justice and remedy, which is enshrined in the Constitution of India and international human rights law”.

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Conversely, the European parliamentarians additionally talked about the “positive development” previously few years resembling India and Pakistan recommitting to the 2003 ceasefire in February 2021 after holding back-channel talks.

“However, while back-channel talks are encouraging, and were welcomed by the EU High Representative, the ceasefire accord alone will not bring about long-term stability, especially in the absence of proper diplomatic ties,” it stated.

The letter urged “dialogue, negotiation and diplomacy in the resolution of the conflict” and to keep away from additional escalation of the battle.

They maintained that the European Union and its member states may play a “crucial role in helping address the deadlock” between Pakistan and India.

They referred to as on the Commission’s president and vp to:

  • specific their considerations with the Indian Government on these points and name on India to fulfil its obligations underneath International Law, particularly the crucial of defending civilians, and ask all of the actors concerned to make an actual dedication to place a halt to any type of violence, abuse and discrimination in opposition to the Kashmiri and to ensure the total respect of their human rights, and;
  • use all diplomatic and political channels to actively encourage India and Pakistan to move towards the normalisation of diplomatic relations and the resumption of formal bilateral talks.

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