CMF Statement on Kashmir Humanitarian Crisis

The Executive Committee of the Conservative Muslim Forum met on the 10th October 2019.

 They noted the UN Human Rights Commission and Council’s update of 9th September 2019.  Great concern was expressed at the catastrophic suffering of the population of Indian held Kashmir resulting from the lockdown since 5th August 2019.

The shortage of necessities such as medicines, food, and lack of communication are particularly worrying.    

The UNHR has made their position clear.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Michelle Bachelet Jeria in her opening statement at the 42nd session of UNHRC Geneva 09/09/2019.

“I am deeply concerned about the impact of the recent action by the Government of India on the human rights of Kashmiris including restrictions on internet communications and peaceful assembly and detention of local political leaders and activists…”

“…I have appealed to India to ease the current lockdown of curfews, to ensure peoples access to basic services, and all due process rights are respected for those who have been detained. It is important that the people of Kashmir are consulted and engaged on any decision-making process that has an impact on the future….”

We ask our Government to assist in improving the humanitarian situation resulting from the lockdown, to enable the population to obtain food, medicines and the lifting of the communication shutdown to alleviate the suffering.

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The Conservative Muslim Forum was founded by Lord Sheikh in 2005. All of its members are full members of the Conservative Party.