British MPs urge Boris Johnson to speak out on India’s human rights abuses in IIoJK

LONDON: Several UK lawmakers have urged British Prime Minister Mr Boris Johnson to address human rights abuses, including the violation of women’s rights in illegally occupied Indian Jammu and Kashmir (IIoJK).

British MPs joined a delegation from Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK at 10 Downing Street to submit a petition and took it to the Prime Minister’s Office.

The petition, signed by British parliamentarians and the general public, includes reports prepared by various international independent and non-governmental organizations on the violence perpetrated by Indian occupying forces on Kashmiri women and urges the Boris government to use its influence to end the Indian Kashmiris genocide.

British lawmakers including Afzal Khan, Liam Byrne, Imran Hussain, Paul Blomfield, Gill Furniss, Muhammad Yasin, Khalid Mehmood, Tahir Ali and Yasmin Qureshi joined the Kashmiri delegation led by Fahim Kayani, President Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK, besides Rehana Ali, Sheni Hamid and Soraya Boyd and Raja Muhammad Azad.

8th March is celebrated as International Women’s Day every year and today members of Tehreek-e-Kashmir (TeK) UK gathered outside Johnson’s office in London to urge the UK to lift the question of the illegal occupation of Kashmir by India, which resulted in a massive violation of women’s rights in IIoJK.

“Every day Indian occupying forces violate the dignity of our daughters, sisters and mothers at IIOJK,” said Fahim Kayani, President of TeK UK.

Kayani said that the presence of one million Indian troops in a foreign territory, i.e. IIoJK, is in itself a violation of all human and fundamental rights of that territory.

“No one can forget the painful night of February 23, 1991, when savage Indian forces attacked Kunan village of Kupwara district and committed mass rapes.

“It only happens in IIoJK that no one has been persecuted for such despicable acts,” Kayani said. “IIoJK is the graveyard for the Indian Army’s pretensions to be a disciplinary force.”

“Indian forces have committed countless cases of sexual assault and other anti-women acts. This occupying force has become a beast that engages in acts of mass violence against Kashmiri women,” Kayani said.

British lawmakers have called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to use his good offices and hold India accountable.

“The UK has the power and influence to end Indian actions in Kashmir and allow Kashmiris to decide their political fate,” they said.

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Edward L. Robinett