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 Ahmed Lord Ahmed Non-affiliated 2:43 pm, 23rd July 2018

My Lords, will the Minister agree that it is the exact job of this House to discuss human rights in all places around the world? We are a permanent member of the Security Council. We have responsibilities to defend and to protect human rights around the world. Further to what the noble Lord, Lord Hussain, said, in 2009 the International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights reported that nearly 3,000 unmarked graves were found and 8,000 people are missing because of forced disappearances. Surely there is a responsibility for us to discuss that. While we should encourage India and Pakistan to resolve the issue, we should also condemn those violations of human rights.