Policy documents

Policy document on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir (Sep 10, 2019)

This document is an urgent appeal for intervention using whatever influence is possible with the Indian government to immediately lift the curfew and open the lines of communication in Indian Administered Jammu and Kashmir (IAJK). The Kashmir Council-EU, reflecting the deep concerns and demands of the Kashmiri diaspora in Europe and elsewhere, calls upon all concerned individuals, political figures, human rights organizations, EU institutions and member states to respond to the current crisis. The following text contains suggestions for a positive response on the part of the International Community to the current desperate situation in Indian-Administered Jammu and Kashmir.

The policy document can be consulted here.

Kashmir: the Geopolitical Implications and its impact on regional peace and security

The Kashmir conflict has remained unresolved for more than six decades. The dispute can be analyzed from various angles, of which the following three are the most important.

Firstly, the Kashmir conflict is usually portrayed by international media, mainstream society and academia as a bilateral dispute between India and Pakistan.

Secondly, to a lesser extent, the dispute is analyzed from a humanitarian angle, wherein an outright repression, violation of human rights and strong discontentment amongst the vast majority of Kashmiris indicating a humanitarian crisis within Kashmir, which over the past few decades has reached an unprecedented level.

Thirdly, the Kashmir dispute can be analyzed from a geopolitical angle and the impact it has on regional peace and security. In academic journals and mainstream media, much has been published about the bilateral dispute over Kashmir between India and Pakistan. Much less has been published on the human rights abuses of the Kashmiris, particularly in the Kashmir Valley. Reports such as “Alleged Perpetrators: Stories of impunity from Jammu and Kashmir” are important readings that the international community should not leave disregarded. Regretfully, the international community has continued to neglect the Kashmiris by failing to challenge the human rights abuses by the Indian security forces in Kashmir. The longer the international community continues to overlook these human rights violations, the worse the impact is going to be, not only on the suffering of the people of Kashmir but have repercussions on Kashmir per se and also jeopardize the whole of nuclearized South Asia.

This brief will provide an overview of geopolitical implications of the Kashmir dispute, briefly outline human rights abuses in Indian administered Kashmir, and analyze the potential threat the conflict has  on both regional and global peace and security.

The brief can be consulted here.