Kashmir Council is organizing an event of candle light vigil in Brussels ,the capital of Belgium in order to express solidarity with oppressed people of Indian-held Kashmir (IHK).
You are kindly requested to join us to show the solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Kashmir Council EU Chairman Ali Raza Syed today condemned “crackdowns” against the Kashmiri students in New Delhi, and termed it an attack on freedom of speech and expression.
In a statement issued in Brussels, Ali Raza Syed said, “The action against the students is an assault on a democratic right for dissent and debate and against the basic human rights of the people.”
Expressing concerns on the situation, he said, it is a matter of grave concern and against the norms of a civilized society.
“The events including the detention and suspension of students was a cause of concern among the members of academic world and civil societies of the globe,” statement said.
He asked that it is duty of civil society of India specially academia to protect rights of the students in that country.
Terming the Indian attitude as “narrow-mindedness and a discriminated act”, he said, “Victimization of the Kashmiri students in India is unacceptable.”
The Kashmir Council-EU held a peaceful demonstration in front of the Indian Embassy in Brussels to commemorate the anniversaries of the martyrdom of two Kashmiris, Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru.
Kashmiris on both sides of the ceasefire line (Line of Control) and across the world observe the martyrdom anniversary of prominent Kashmiri liberation leader, Muhammad Maqbool Butt every year on Feb 11.
Maqbool Butt was hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on the 11th February in 1984 for his leading role in the Kashmiris’ on-going struggle. He was buried in the prison premises.
Afzal Guru was second Kashmiri to be hanged and buried by the India. The execution took place on the February 19th, 2013 and evoked widespread condemnation by human rights organisations.
Despite confidence building measures and a ceasefire between the Indian and Pakistani armies in Kashmir repeated pleas by Kashmiris for the return of Maqbool Butt’s and Afzal Guru's remains to their families. No reaction on the part of the Indian authorities. These icons of the Kashmiri liberation struggle have been kept in prison even after their execution.
Denouncing the hanging of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru without proper judicial arrangements, the demonstrators demanded an immediate handing over of the remains of the two men to their respective families for proper funeral prayers to be held. A number of Kashmiris and their supporters attended the demonstration at which the speakers alleged that Guru was not given a fair trial.
The Kashmir Council EU Chairman Ali Raza Syed urged Kashmiris to observe the anniversaries of both martyrs.
In his statement, the Chairman of the Kashmir Council EU said, that India had acted inhumanely by holding bodies of the martyrs in jail.
Ali Raza Syed also warned that India cannot stop the peaceful movement of the Kashmiris in their struggle for the right to self-determination as agreed in the resolutions of the UN Security Council.
Brussels, Feb 5:
Kashmir Council EU organized a demonstration and a one-day camp in front of European Parliament in the capital of Belgium to express solidarity with people of Kashmir. A large number of people from all walks of life and representatives of different NGOs attended the event held on the Kashmir solidarity day at Place Luxembourg outside the EU Parliament in Brussels.
Carrying placards, the participants expressed their solidarity with the Kashmiris especially families of those killed by forces in last two and half decades. They also paid great tribute to people of Kashmir.
The camp organized by Kashmir Council EU was visited by a large number of the people, who expressed their solidarity with the people of Kashmir by signing the document of “One Million Signature Campaign”.
The signature campaign was launched by the Kashmir Council EU. Large number of Europeans also participated in the campaign.
On the occasion, Chairman Kashmir Council EU Ali Raza Syed and other speakers said they will continue their efforts to get support for the people of Kashmir till suitable resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
“People of Kashmir are struggling peacefully for right of self determination and there should be plebiscite under United Nations supervision in Kashmir,” they said.
Raza urged the international community including European Union to play their role for peaceful resolution of the issue.