The Kashmir Council-EU interacts with stakeholders in Europe in various formats and at various levels, including officials, dedicated human rights institutions notably the European Parliament, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), civil society representatives and the broader public. Each year, the Council has raised our concerns with the human rights issues in high-level and other bilateral meetings with Members of the European Parliament and the EEAS. Since 2009, the EU’s approach is to include human rights as an ‘essential element’ in EU political framework agreements with third countries. The Indian government needs to uphold the principles of human rights, good governance and the rule of law in order to be a true democracy and a valuable EU trading partner.

Since the 8th parliamentary term, the Chairman has already met with the following Members of the European Parliament:

European External Action Service

  • Dietmar Krissler (Head of Division – Political relations with Afghanistan and Pakistan)
  • Franck-Olivier Roux (European Union Delegation to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan)
  • Thomas Gnocchi – (Deputy Head of Division, EEAS, ASIAPAC.2)
  • Márta Szilagyi – (EEAS, ASIAPAC.2)
  • Lovisa Orming – (EEAS, ASIAPAC.2)
  • Benedikt Poetz – (EEAS, ASIAPAC.1)

UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR)

Regional Office for Europe

  • Paul d’Auchamp (Deputy Regional Representative for Europe of the UN Human Rights Office)
  • Birgit Van Hout (Regional Representative for Europe, UN Human Rights Office)
  • MCGOWAN Iverna

Flemish Parliament (Vlaams Parlement)