As many as 14 members of the European Parliament have written a letter to the EU Commission president and vice president showing grave concern over the human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir while condemning the Aug 5, 2019 action of the Indian government seeing it a despicable military means to deal with the crisis.
In their letter, the EU parliamentarians have called upon the Indian government to stop perpetrating atrocities on Kashmiris.
The letter read: “We, undersigned members of the European Parliament, are writing to you in order to bring your attention to the continued grave, and systematic human rights violations of the Kashmiri people due to the unresolved dispute over the status of the region.
“Due to the continued tensions, the people of Jammu and Kashmir have been subject to intolerable suppression of their freedom and fundamental rights over the past seven decades, as it is shown by the accounts of many human rights organisations and the reports of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
“Since the enactment of Citizenship Amendment Act on 05 August 2019, however, 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.
“As per Amnesty International Report of 2021, indeed, since the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in 2019, the Indian authorities have arrested many human rights defenders including journalists and activists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, India’s primary counter-terrorism law. —INP