Jammu and Kashmir: Human Rights Abuses - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:43 pm on 23rd July 2018.

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Photo of Lord Hussain Lord Hussain Liberal Democrat 2:43 pm, 23rd July 2018

I thank the Minister for that Answer. According to this United Nations human rights report on Kashmir, serious human rights violations took place between July 2016 and April 2018. Some 145 civilians have allegedly been killed, and the report denounces the lack of prosecutions of Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir due to the 1990 law known as the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act which gives them virtual impunity. Can the Minister tell us what Her Majesty’s Government can do to persuade the Indian Government to withdraw such draconian laws from Kashmir so that those responsible for these violations can be brought to justice, at least under Indian law?