BRUSSELS, Jul 15 (NNI): Chairman Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU) Ali Raza Syed has urged that France to ask India to end violation of human rights in Indian illegally occupied Kashmir (IIOK) and give right to self-determination to the people of Kashmir.

Commenting on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France, Chair of KC-EU Ali Raza Syed said, France and other world power know that Modi’s government is involved in severe violation of human rights in the occupied Kashmir and different parts of India.

In a statement reacting over the conferring Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor, the France’s highest civilian and military award to Modi, Ali Raza Syed said, Modi does not deserve it because the violence in India increased in tenure of his government since 2014. Recent violence in Manipur state of India motivated by Hindu majoritarianism and intolerance towards the minorities including Christians is one of the examples of the severe human rights violations by the state’s security forces and Hindu fanatic groups. It is important to mention that EU’s parliament also expressed grave concerns on the violence in the Manipur state.

About Kashmir issue, Ali Raza Syed said, International Community knows that India has not fulfilled its promise to give right to self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for last 75 years.

France and other western powers should understand that New Delhi which is involved in a huge violation of human rights in the illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and violence against the minorities in India, is not a reliable partner.

He added that not only the Kashmiris, there is a shrinking space for Muslims, Christians and other oppressed religious and ethnic communities in India under the Hindutva regime led by Narendra Modi.

Ali Raza Syed said, Indian democracy is a sham and New Delhi claim of the world’s largest democracy or mother of democracy is a fraud because protection of democratic principles and human rights in India rapidly moving towards a decline in the last nine years of Modi in  power. The current Indian government is using fanaticism and extremism as a tool for its political objectives.

We are not against the India as a country and its people, we are against just discriminated policies of the Modi regime exploiting the violent extremism which undermines peace and security, human rights and sustainable development and damage the values and norms of a civilized society.

India should be forced by the world powers including France to give equal rights to the minorities of that country, Chair of KC-EU said.

Ali Raza Syed continued, the world community should pressurize India to withdraw its forces from the occupied Kashmir and let the Kashmiris to decide their political future freely under international supervision. NNI


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