Theresa Griffin MEP: European Parliament intervention on Kashmir

Following Theresa Griffin, MEP for the North West of England, writing to the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, and the holding of a high-profile Friends of Kashmir event in the European Parliament, Chaired by Leader of the EPLP, Richard Corbett MEP, and featuring the President of Azad Kashmir, Masood Khan, a statement has been made in the European Parliament regarding the situation in Kashmir.

Theresa Griffin MEP said:

“The world is watching – we cannot stand back and do nothing while millions of people suffer. I have asked the EU High Representative to use every power at her disposal to resolve the dispute, including inserting a ‘Human Rights Clause’ into any trade deal with India and calling for the full implementation of the findings of the 2018 report into the situation in Kashmir by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.”

The former MEP for the North West and current Deputy Mayor of Burnley, Cllr Wajid Khan, said:

“The revocation of article 370 of the Indian Constitution has stripped the autonomous rights of the Kashmiri people. The lockdown and the curfews should be immediately lifted as they are denying basic human rights to the entire population, who are restricted to their homes with all communication cut off from the world.”

“The brutal oppression, killing of innocent people and reported mass rapes must immediately be stopped and any crimes committed by the Indian Army must be investigated and brought to justice. The dreadful situation in Kashmir is threatening a war between the two nuclear powers in that region, which will affect the whole world.”

Speaking in the European Parliament yesterday, Finnish Minister for European Affairs, Tytti Tuppurainen, made a statement on behalf of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, in response to the concerns raised by Theresa Griffin MEP. Minister Tuppurainen reiterated Mrs Mogherini’s statement to the Human Rights Council in Geneva earlier this month, adding:

“Mrs Mogherini has encouraged her Pakistani and Indian counterparts of the vital need for dialogue between the two countries on a phone call in August. No one can afford further escalation in Kashmir. Peace and Cooperation is important. The remaining restrictions should be removed and both countries must engage in dialogue.

Notes for editors:

1. This followed calls earlier in the year by Theresa Griffin MEP for Prime Minister Modi to end the use of pellet-firing shotguns and to provide reparation to the families affected by pellet shotguns: www.thenews.com.pk/print/449730-50-eu-mps-for-banning-pellet-shotguns-in-kashmir

2. On Monday 2nd September, the EU’s committee on Foreign Affairs demanded that India’s Prime Minister immediately lift the curfew in Kashmir: www.geo.tv/latest/246482-european-parliament-committee-demands-indias-modi-immediately-lift-kashmir-curfew

3. For the official response to Theresa’s letter from the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, see here: https://twitter.com/TheresaMEP/status/1173885856882548736

4. Additional information about Theresa’s letter can be found here:  https://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/130169/government-pressed-on-kashmir-crisis-by-local-mp-and-mep