Council Forum - Thursday, 3rd October, 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Blackburn Town Hall

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Council Forum

To consider questions from members of the public received under Procedure Rule 12


To consider Motions submitted under Procedure Rule 12

One Motion has been submitted as follows:


Human Rights Violation in Kashmir


Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is deeply concerned that the Indian Government has revoked Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution.


This decision is in violation of United Nation Security Council Resolution 47.


There is a huge concern among the BwD BME Community and also many people from Indigenous community about the ongoing human rights violation in Kashmir.


In occupied Kashmir, the imposition of a strict curfew, the detention of the entire political leadership, large- scale arrests of thousands of innocent Kashmiris coupled with the extremely harsh suppression of all human rights and a freeze of land line, mobile and internet communications is fast leading to a major humanitarian crisis for more than 8million people. The supply of food, medicine and other necessities of life are also deliberately withheld.


Since 5th August India has transformed Jammu and Kashmir into the largest prison on the Planet.


The Indian Government has moved 18,000 troops into Kashmir in addition to the existing 700,000 occupational armed forces. They use Cluster ammunition, pellet guns and heavy artillery in flagrant disregard of the fundamental norms of International humanitarian law.


The Kashmiri people in the occupied territory have been waiting for seven decades for their right of self-determination and now they face grave threats to their lives from a murderous, misogynistic and xenophobic regime.


The Council:


a)    Request the Chief Executive to write to the both MPs of Blackburn with Darwen requesting them to ask the Government to make representation to all whom they can to demand India to reverse the revocation of Articles 370 and 35A and to raise with the Foreign Office the need to work for the implementation of UN Resolution 47 on Kashmir and push for a diplomatic solution.




b)    that the Chief Executive write to Dominic Raab the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs - to


i)     Urge the Indian government to immediately restore power and to lift all communications and media blackouts and the draconian curfew conditions and to allow the people of Kashmir to have immediate access to food and medicine.


ii) To demand that all political leaders are freed and all obligations under the United Nations Security Council Resolutions and various human rights instruments restored as required by international law.


iii)To request that the International Human Rights Observers Group in Kashmir, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights Commission are allowed access again and that the Indian armed forces immediately cease unlawful operations in Kashmir.


Mover- Councillor Mustafa Desai


Seconder – Councillor Andy Kay





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To consider any questions received from Members under Procedure Rule 11


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