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Motion: Human Rights in Kashmir

Motion
Mehreen Faruqi 11 Feb 2020

Millions of Kashmiris are still under undeclared curfew. Free speech is being suppressed, with an internet blackout still in place, communications being monitored and journalists being intimidated. The human rights situation in Kashmir has drawn comparisons with Palestine. Kashmiris were not allowed to determine their fate when the British drew their arbitrary borders and have not been allowed to do so since. Self-interest and nationalistic rhetoric will never deliver justice to the people of Kashmir, who have suffered enough. Self-determination by the Kashmiri people is the only answer. The Australian government must use all diplomatic means at its disposal to call on the Indian government to remove troops, release political prisoners, lift the curfew and allow freedom of movement, communication, speech and assembly to the people of Kashmir.

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