Kashmir conflict ‘very sensitive’, says EU

Kashmir conflict ‘very sensitive’, says EU

New Delhi: The issues of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir should be settled by Indian institutions, The European Union said on Wednesday.
The EU remarks came against the backdrop of Pakistan’s repeated attempts to internationalise Kashmir issue since last year.
It, however, chided India for blocking foreign funding to several NGOs. Chairperson of European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee David McAllister said the panel is working on a report on EU’s political ties with India with focus on human rights issues and it will be finalised ahead of the EU-India summit around September this year.
McAllister, leading a delegation of the European Parliament here, called the “conflict” in Jammu and Kashmir a “very sensitive” issue, and added India has suffered a lot because of terrorism.
Talking about EU’s philosophy of diplomatic engagements, he said the issue of human rights was embedded in its foreign policy.
“The reports of human rights violations (in J&K have to be settled by India’s domestic institutions,” the chair of the powerful committee said.
The comment assumes significance as Pakistan has been consistently flagging the issue on international fora and seeking UN’s intervention while accusing the Indian establishment of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. The EU, on some occasions, had appeared sympathetic to Pakistan’s demands.
Referring to the Indian government refusing to renew the foreign funding licences of around 20,000 NGOs, another prominent member of the Committee Preda Cristian Dan said crackdown on NGOs dealing with human rights issues was unacceptable.
He said some EU member countries also donated money to NGOs for promoting human rights and wondered why authorities in some countries restricted their activities.
“We do not understand why government wants to block activities of organisations dealing with human rights. This is unacceptable,” Dan said.
He said the problems of NGOs working for the rights of children and women in India will be flagged by the delegation during its meeting with Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi.

2 Responses to "Kashmir conflict ‘very sensitive’, says EU"

  1. syed hameed shaheen alvi   February 23, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    One curative answer to human rights worsening scenario in IOK is massive intra-kashmir visits by either side. both disputants must allow this; under UN kashmir rulings kashmiris have the uninterrupted right/authorization to travel across ceasefire line;

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  2. Hassan   February 23, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    The response by the leader of the delegation on Human Rights that the institutions would address the issue in itself amounts to abuse of the suffering people in Kashmir. It’s also clear that the EU delegation cares more about their own interests rather than humans rights
    I agree with shaheen Alvi’s suggestion people of Kashmir should have freedom to move across the line of divide to agree on a long term solution in later years

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