Lobbying letters

The Kashmir Council-EU is one of several organisations launching new initiatives aimed at mobilizing additional resources to raise awareness of human rights violations. To accomplish these objectives, the Council has designed a common agenda with various fresh initiatives that are best suited to the time and the circumstances while respecting the principles of accountability and transparency. One of the most common ways to communicate with high-level officials and policymakers, especially when lobbying is by writing letters to draw attention to the situation in Indian-Administered Kashmir.


The Kashmir issue should no longer be framed as an internal matter but in the nationalistic resurgence. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has come to the government by attacking NGOs and curtailing public liberties, particularly in Kashmir.  In light of this situation, the EU cannot continue doing policy as usual. The protection of human rights should be a fundamental element of any agreements that the EU concludes with India. In parallel, with other initiatives, the Council has been sending out letters to EU’s high-level officials, whenever there was a new development in Kashmir and urge them to take immediate mesures. 


We believe that the EU should position itself as an alternative and engage in an open discourse based on human rights and act on the basis of international action and bilateral relations. Today that means conditioning the strategic agreement to a substantial change in human rights in Kashmir, betting on a peaceful solution to the negotiated conflict between India and Pakistan. The protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms should be a fundamental element of any agreements that they conclude with India. In order to ensure transparency, below we have listed all the lobbying letters we have so far delivered to the International Community.


2020


Topic: Present dire situation of human rights in Indian-Administered Kashmir, following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic

April, 2020

Letters delivered to:

  • Josep Borrell Fontelles (HR/VP), can be consulted here. His response can be consulted here.
  • Urszula Von der Leyen, can be consulted here.
  • Charles Michel, President of the European Council can be consulted here

2019


Topic: Request to put the issue of Kashmir on the agenda of the next plenary session

February 2019

Letters delivered to:

  • TAJANI Antonio, the former President of the European Parliament, can be consulted here.
  • Note: The same letter has been delivered to all members of the AFET and DROI committees.

Topic: Recent developments in Kashmir

November 2019

Letters delivered to:

  • High Representative Vice-President, Josep Borrell Fontelles (HR/VP), can be consulted here
  • Urszula Von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, can be consulted here.
  • Donald Tusk, the fomer President of the European Council, can be connsulted here. His response can be consulted here.
  • David Maria Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, can be consulted here
  • David McALLISTER, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, can be consulted here.
  • Arena Maria, Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, can be consulted here.
  • John Howarth, Member of the European Parliament, can be consulted here.

Topic: Policy document on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir

September, 2019

Letters delivered to:

  • David Maria Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, can be consulted here.

  • Note: This policy document has been delivered to all members of the AFET and DROI committees.

Topic: Request for support and call for action regarding the military situation in Indian-administered Kashmir

September 2019

Letters delivered to:

  • David Maria Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, can be consulted here.
  • Note: The same letter has been delivered to all members of the AFET and DROI committees.

Topic: Revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir

August, 2019

Letters delivered to:

  • High Representative Vice-President, Federica Mogherini, can be consulted here.
  • Jean Claude Junker, President of the European Commission, can be consulted here. His response can be consulted here.
  • Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, can be consulted here.
  • David McALLISTER, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, can be consulted here.
  • Arena Maria, Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, can be consulted here.
  • Note: The same letter has been delivered to all members of the AFET and DROI committees.