Brussels/Geneva – 22 June: The President of the All Parties Group on Kashmir – European Parliament (APGK), Prof Klaus Buchner (MEP), called a virtual meeting of the Group to review the parliamentary and diplomacy work concerning the Jammu and Kashmir conflict with particular reference to the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) since the COVID pandemic.
Prof Buchner provided an overview of the existing crisis in IOJ&K. President Carles Puigdemont (MEP) opined that the Self-Determination issue is the central point in most of the conflicts including that of the J&K conflict. Professor Josep Alay regarded the current Chinese Galwan Valley factor crucial in the region. Frank Schwalba-Hoth (Former MEP) suggested intensifying the advocacy activities both virtual and physical, as the Lockdown eases, within the European Union including the European Parliament.
It was noted with deep concern that there is a double lockdown in IOJ&K. Firstly, there is total political lockdown since 5 August 2019 when the Indian authorities, in contravention of the United Nations Resolutions on the J&K conflict and the International Law, have deceptively attempted to annex the state of J&K and having taken away the territory of Ladakh from rest of the J&K state. Secondly, the COVID pandemic lockdown with practically no medical facilities on the ground. APGK endeavours to heighten diplomatic initiative to ensure that the current wave of the state terror is restrained in IOJ&K and those adequate medical facilities provided to Kashmiris.
It was agreed that a physical advocacy event shall be organised on or around 15 July 2020 with MEPs, journalists, jurists and civil society.
Barrister A Majid Tramboo participated in the meeting for and on behalf of Organisation of Kashmir Coalition (OKC).
OKC’s partner, International Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IHRAAM), an UN-accredited organisation, through its Geneva-based representative made two oral interventions at the 43rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC). Both the interventions highlighted gross human rights violations taking place in IOJ&K seeking the HRC’s intervention.