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My call for international action on Kashmir

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Yesterday I spoke out in the House of Commons about the Government’s failure to respond to the recent crisis in Kashmir and pressed for the long overdue plebiscite to give the Kashmiri people a right to self-determination. It’s an issue I’ve pressed over many years and recently questioned ministers on. I was delighted that the House of Commons agreed to a motion which called on the Government to “raise the matter at the United Nations” and pressed for “peace negotiations to establish a long-term solution on the future governance of Kashmir based on the right of the Kashmiri people to determine their own future.”

You can watch my speech here

You can read my speech here.

The full resolution agreed to by the House of Commons was:

That this House notes the escalation in violence and breaches of international human rights on the Indian side of the Line of Control in Kashmir; calls on the Government to raise the matter at the United Nations; and further calls on the Government to encourage Pakistan and India to commence peace negotiations to establish a long-term solution on the future governance of Kashmir based on the right of the Kashmiri people to determine their own future in accordance with the provisions of UN Security Council resolutions.

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