LONDON: The European Union Parliament is set to debate and vote on a scathing resolution against India’s annexation of occupied Kashmir in clear violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions.
The country’s enforcement of new citizenship laws, which have been widely criticised for discriminating against Muslims.
The resolution, which has been drafted and supported by lawmakers from the Renew Group, has called on the European Union and its member states “to promote the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir”.
Condemning the “unilateral changes made to the status of Kashmir by India,” the draft resolution noted that India has never implemented the UN “Security Council resolutions requiring a referendum allowing all Kashmiris to determine the future status of Kashmir”.
It also viewed with concern the rise in tensions between Pakistan and India – “both being nuclear weapons states” – which it said were “fuelled by the controversial decisions of the government of India on Kashmir and citizenship”.
Urging India to repeal the “discriminatory amendments” to its citizenship law, the draft resolution says the new law “violates India’s international obligations to prevent the deprivation of citizenship on the basis of race, colour, descent, or national or ethnicorigin as enshrined in the ICCPR and other human rights treaties.”
Noting that the new law has “encouraged” violence both from the police and pro-government groups, which “are clear breaches of the human rights of residents of India and its neighbouring countries”.
The resolution urges the government of India “to immediately engage in peaceful dialogue with various sections of the population” .
The resolution also mentions the violence that ensued at the Jawaharlal Nehru University earlier this month, referring to the university as “a leading location for students protesting against the CAA and the National Register of Citizens (NRC)” and where “police witnessed the attack but refused to control and arrest the mob”.