KC-EU’s chair praises EPRS’ report on Indian controversial policies

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BRUSSELS ,(Parliament Times): Chairman Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU) Mr Ali Raza Syed has lauded a latest report of European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) concerning situation in Indian occupied Kashmir and controversial policies of the Modi’s government regarding minorities living in India.

The report prepared staff of the research section (EPRS) of European parliament said, in recent months, however, following the recommencement of second consecutive tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party after its achievements in the May 2019’s general elections, this situation has been changing under the impact of an ever-increasing Hindu nationalist grip on society and politics.

The report added, after Jammu and Kashmir lost its autonomy, the Indian government adopted the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), which has prompted protests and divisions across India, as, according to both internal and external observers, citizenship would be determined along religious criteria, which risks undermining the country’s traditional secularism. It has further increased the Muslim community’s fear of discrimination, the report pointed out. The report identified that communal tensions flared into violence in late February 2020 in Delhi, claiming 53 lives. Communal violence has increased, as have violence and discrimination against religious minorities. The 2019 World Press Freedom Index has highlighted violence against journalists as one of the most striking characteristics of the current state of press freedom in the country.

About the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the report also gave reference of June 2018 and as well 2019, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ reports on Kashmir criticizing the excessive use of force by Delhi’s security forces in the Indian-administered part.

The EU’s research report said, when in early August 2019, Jammu and Kashmir was stripped of its autonomy through the repeal of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, the move was preceded by a vast deployment of troops to the state and the detention of thousands of political leaders and activists. Telephone and internet services were cut off. The privileges of the people of Jammu and Kashmir have been withdrawn; new political formations enjoying governmental support and potentially threatening the dominance of the region’s traditional political demography of the region have emerged; and a new law on domicile in Jammu and Kashmir has appeared.

Welcoming the report, Chairman Kashmir Council Europe Ali Raza Syed said, the EU’s report is based on facts. The report is very important as it has clearly acknowledged the reports about the atrocities in occupied Kashmir. He said, Indian government is not only involved in large scale human rights violations but it has been also involved in threatening religion minorities throughout India.

Chair’s KC-EU called upon the international community specially UN and EU to stop Indian government violation of human rights in Jammu and Kashmir and as well different parts of India. Particularly about Jammu and Kashmir Ali Raza Syed made clear that Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory and it is duty of the international community to play its role for an eternal resolution of Kashmir issue as per wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. It is important to mention that the EPRS’ report is prepared for, and addressed to, the Members and staff of the European Parliament as background material to assist them in their parliamentary work.