Kashmir EU Week 2014
The Kashmir-EU Week has established itself as an annual feature of the programme of conferences hosted by the European Parliament. The conference programme consisted of a three-day exhibition of Kashmiri traditional artefacts and handicrafts as well as a two-day international conference.
The three-fold aims of the 2014 Kashmir-EU Week:
- to raise awareness in the EU of the humanitarian crisis in Kashmir, particularly with the newly elected body of MEPs
- to examine the implications of the dispute for global peace and security
- to define a role for the EU in promoting a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
Highlights of the programme:
A cultural exhibition
- The Exhibition celebrated the beauty of Kashmir and the richness of its cultural heritage. An innovation this year was the screening of a documentary that shows the plight of the Kashmiri people.
A two-day international conference
- The conference revolved into two sessions where Members of the European Parliament, the civil society and high-profile Kashmiri representatives addressed the roots of the conflict, assessed the present situation and identified the following steps needed to be taken to bring all parties at the same discussion table to find a peaceful and sustainable solution.
- Six experts including policymakers, political activists, and interest group representatives took part in a roundtable discussion. The conference concluded with the finalisation of a resolution with a set of recommendations for the European Parliament and the EU. The final report of the conference is available via the following link: 2014 Kashmir-EU Report.
The photos from the event are now available in the gallery or by clicking here.