KC-EU to organize a protest camp on 13 July in Brussels

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Sohail Anjum Malik,

Brussels/Islamabad,  (Parliament Times) : Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU) will organize a one-day protest camp on Tuesday, 13 July 2021 in Brussels in remembrance of martyrs of 13 July 1931 of Srinagar.

It is important to mention that on 13 July 1931, thousands of Kashmiris flocked to the central jail in Srinagar to see the trial of a Kashmiri namely Abdul Qadeer. Then Dogra ruler of Jammu and Kashmir ordered his soldiers to open fire on them, in total 22 Kashmiris died in the firing.

The protest camp in Brussels would be held at 11;30 am on 13 July in front of the of EU External Action Service (EEAS) at Schuman Plas, the European headquarters.

In a statement issued from Brussels, Chairman Kashmir. Council Europe (KC-EU) Ali Raza Syed paid a tribute to all Kashmiri martyrs including martyrs of 13 July 1931.

He said, atrocities committed by the Indian forces against the oppressed Kashmiris is rapidly going on and a recent report of United Nation exposed that a large number of children were targeted by the Indian forces in occupied Kashmir in the recent years.

At the end of the protest camp, the participants of the camp would hand over a petition to EU External Action Service officials calling the EU to play its role to stop violations of the children’s rights committed by the Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.

It is important to mention that according to a recent UN report United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over “grave violations” against the children in Indian occupied Kashmir and has asked the Indian government to end the use of shotgun pellets against children.

“I call upon the government to take preventive measures to protect children, including by ending the use of pellets against children, endorsing the Safe Schools Declaration,” the UN’s Chief said in the UN Report on Children 2021.

Ali Raza Syed called on the UN Security Council to take immediate action to protect children in conflict zones, particularly in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Beside the UN, European Union also should use its good offices in order pressurize India to stop human rights violations including violence against children and teenagers in occupied Kashmir, Chair of KC-EU urged.

Ali Raza Syed concluded that EU is being considered as champion of human rights, and for that it has moral duty to take action in order to protect rights of the children in the occupied Kashmir. We hope that EU will take serious steps under “EU Guidelines on Children and Armed Conflict” to prevent violations of rights of Kashmiri children.

Kashmir Council EU will also arrange a protest demonstration in front of Indian embassy in Brussels on 5th August 2021. It was 5th August 2019, when present Indian Modi’s regime removed articles 370 and 35A from its constitution and annulled special constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir.