‘Revocation of Article 370 of Indian constitution unacceptable’ » Kashmir Media Service

Brussels, August 09 (KMS): Member of the European Parliament, Julie Ward, has strongly condemned the Indian government’s decision of repealing of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Julie Ward in a statement issued in Brussels said that she was deeply concerned about reports that the Indian government had revoked Article 370 of the constitution. This decision is in violation of UN resolution 47, she added.

Julie Ward said that she also received reports of the Indian army’s use of banned cluster-bombs in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, which initially resulted in the deaths of two civilians and injuring of eleven others. She said, “This use of force and illegal weaponry violates the Geneva Convention.”

Julie Ward said that the Indian authorities had shut down schools and imposed a blanket media and communications blackout in the region, with the suspension of all telecommunications on Jammu and Kashmir. This violation of media freedom prevents citizens and the wider diaspora from receiving impartial information, and comes within a context of widespread human rights violations against Kashmiris, she added.

She strongly condemned India’s illegal and unconstitutional move of revocation of Article 370. She called upon the European Union to work with the Indian and Pakistani governments as well as the people of Kashmir including the diaspora community, to ensure that the conflict does not escalate.

She said, these new developments are extremely worrying and demonstrate the dangers of unilateralism which is a worrying trend, particularly amongst rightwing nationalistic governments.

The only way to achieve lasting peace is to build foundations for better living together based on the human rights and dignity of every individual, she maintained.

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