EU calls for resolving Kashmir through dialogue
February 21, 2019
The European Union’s Sub Committee on Human Rights hosted an official exchange of views on situation of human rights in Kashmir at the European Parliament in Brussels, Radio Pakistan reported.
As per details, the body asked all the stakeholders to resolve Kashmir issue through dialogue.
This was for the first time since 2007, that the issue of Kashmir was discussed publicly at an official EU forum.
In his remarks, the chair of the Sub-Committee Pier Antonio Panzeri reiterated EU’s commitment to uphold and protect human rights throughout the world.
He pointed out that the issue of Kashmir was the longest unresolved issue on the agenda of the United Nations.
The EU believed that dialogue among nations was necessary to resolve such issues, he said.
The discussion focused on the June 2018 report of the United Nations’ Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) on Kashmir.
Christine Chung, one of the authors of the report was especially invited for the occasion by the sub-committee. In her comments, she highlighted the dire human rights situation in the Kashmir and reiterated the OHCHR’s recommendations for establishing a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive and independent international investigation of human rights violations in Kashmir.
The majority of the European parliament members rallied behind the recommendations of the OHCHR report and called for their full implementation.