Brussels: Member of the European Parliament and the Chair of the Sub-Committee on Human Rights of European Parliament Mr. Panzeri reiterated EU’s commitment to uphold and protect human rights throughout the world.
The EU, he said, had never shied away from discussing human rights, even when it involved complex political issues. He pointed out that the Jammu and Kashmir was the longest unresolved issue on the agenda of United Nations. EU believed that dialogue among nations was necessary to resolve such issues. He, however, pointed out that the event was focused on human rights situation in Kashmir and the plight of Kashmiris.
The discussion focused on the June 2018 report of the United Nations’ Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) on Kashmir.
Mr. Wajid Khan, Ms. Julie Ward, Baroness Nosheena Mubarak, Mr. Amjad Bashir, Mr. David Martin, Mr. Jordi Sole, Mr. Sion Simon, Ms. Jean Lambert, Mr. Richard Corbett, Ms. Theresa Griffin and Mr. Jo Leinen rallied behind the recommendations of the OHCHR report and called for their full implementation.
MEPs called on India to immediately halt its atrocities in Indian-held Kashmir and carry out investigations into the incidents of grave human rights violations. The MEPs also highlighted the need for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue through dialogue between Pakistan and India, and with full participation of Kashmiri people.