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Parliamentary questions
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20 July 2016
P-005986-16
Question for written answer P-005986-16
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Amjad Bashir (ECR)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Situation in Kashmir
 Answer in writing 

I am sure that the attention of the VP/HR has been drawn to recent events in the disputed territories of Jammu and Kashmir.

A recent flare-up in violence has once again highlighted how the Indian Government's irresponsible actions have served only to help the entire region erupt in fury.

The excessive force used by Indian security personnel is the latest example of gross incompetence that must be added to a long list of crimes, including beatings, rape as a weapon of subjugation and detentions without trial. The Indian Government has, in effect, turned Kashmir into a legal vacuum where genuine rule of law does not apply.

The European Union cannot stand by while these dramatic events unfold.

What assurances can the VP/HR give me that she will be holding the Indian Government to account, pressuring it to act as a responsible stakeholder in the region?

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