EU Parliamentarians want stern action against Indian atrocities in IIOJK
European Parliament members appealed to President of European Commission, Vice President/High Representative to take serious actions in addressing the alarming human rights violation in Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) by the Indian authorities, through a written letter on Friday, agencies report.
A 16-member of European Parliament expressed their grave concerns over utter violations of human rights and fundamental freedom in the Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. They asked for peace and stability in the region by enhancing dialogues with India, Pakistan and the representatives of Kashmir and make full use of special relationships between them to facilitate engagement for resolving the long-dated dispute through peaceful means and according to wishes of Kashmiris.
The letter read that miseries of people of Kashmir have been amply documented in the International Human Rights Watch World Report 2021 and the reports of the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2018 and 2019. It further stated that this Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir region had already suffered a debilitating lockdown since the revocation of its special status in 2019, and the restraints on the rights to movement, access to information, healthcare, education and free speech have been intensified by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The letter added that journalists and human rights defenders have been increasingly targeted for raising their voice in support of the Kashmiri people and denounce their situation. It stated that arbitrary detention continued, public assembly is still prohibited under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 (CrPc) and hundreds, including minors and several elected legislators of Jammu and Kashmir remain under preventive detention.
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