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Kashmir: Armed Forces

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 4th October 2019.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on the actions of Indian security forces in Kashmir.

Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We are following the situation in Kashmir closely and are in regular contact with the governments of India and of Pakistan. The Prime Minister and I have discussed the situation in Kashmir with our Indian counterparts and raised UK concerns. Lord Ahmad has also spoken on a number of occasions with both the Indian High Commissioner and Pakistan High Commission about the situation. Events in Kashmir can have regional and international implications and we urge calm and caution from all.

We are aware of media reports of torture by Security Forces in India-administered Kashmir. Any allegation of torture is deeply concerning, and we urge all countries to guarantee the fundamental rights of their citizens. We have raised this issue with the Indian Government. It is important that individual rights are fully respected, and that any allegations of human rights violations or abuses are investigated thoroughly, promptly and transparently.

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