Prime Minister Trudeau & Global Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne: Kashmir is a Priority

Now the election is over we call on the Canadian government to made Kashmir an immediate priority.  

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This would include:

1)     A call for the immediate end of the current lockdown by India of occupied Kashmir. This includes

a.       immediate cessation of violence against Kashmiri civilians by the Indian army;

b.       the right to free expression, a free press, free association and free assembly of the citizens of Kashmir under Indian military rule;

c.       India’s immediate restoration of basic human rights of movement, food, education, work and health by the Indian government for the people of Kashmir under its control; and

d.       that India ensures the basic social and cultural rights of Kashmiris are restored ensuring dignity of life without persecution, insult, or fear of intimidation;

2)     Public support of a referendum for the people of Kashmir for their own self-determination. At present, India maintains that such a referendum should not occur, and so this would include Canada being clear that we expect no country to stand in the way of the referendum promised in UN Security Council Resolutions on Kashmir [Res. 38, 39, 47, 51 (1948); 80 (1950); 91, 96 (1951); 98 (1952); 122,123, 126 (1957); UNCIP Res. (13 Aug 48, 5 Jan.49)

While the situation is URGENT the human rights and international law violations in Indian occupied Kashmir are not new. Organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International as well as the UN High Commission for Human Rights (UNHCHR) have documented Indian state crimes against innocent Kashmiris.

The UNHCHR’s latest report was released on July 8, 2019. I urge you to read both the 2018 and 2019 reports, which can be found here.

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