Issue Brief on “Lobbying for Kashmir”


On August 16, 2016, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed twenty two parliamentarians as ’emissaries’ to lobby for the Kashmir cause globally and highlight the surge of atrocities  in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). Since July 8, 2016 India has been engaged in horrendous human rights violations in IOK. United States, China, United Nations and the European Parliament have expressed deep concerns over the latest round of grave human rights violations in IOK, and have stressed on the need to allow access to humanitarian aid and observers in the conflict ridden region, where hundreds have been killed and thousands wounded due to inhumane use force by Indian Occupational Forces (IOF).

The Indian genocide in IOK is designed to curb the pro-freedom voices and the right to self-determination enriched in several United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) passed over IOK. Despite the brutal repression by the IOF, these voices remained unheard. United State’s Vice President Hubert Humphrey on one occasion said that “The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.”

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