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Amjad raises key human rights issues with UN

The plight of victims of political oppression in Kashmir and Myanmar has been raised at high level talks by campaigning MEP Amjad Bashir.

Mr Bashir raised the twin cases of abuse during the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber was speaking as part of a delegation from the Human Rights Sub-Committee of the European Parliament.

During the two-day session, Mr Bashir had meetings with a range of high-ranked UN, European Union and UK officials.

They included the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mr Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN Head of the Asian Pacific Section Ms Jyoti Sanghera, the Head of the EU Human Rights section Mr Béla Szombati, and the UK Ambassador to the EU Mr Julian Braithwaite.
A defender of human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide, Mr Bashir highlighted his report on statelessness in South and South East Asia which is due to be voted by the European Parliament next month.

The report focuses on the Rohingyan minority in Myanmar – the largest ethnic group in the world being deprived of any right to nationality.
It prohibits them from migrating elsewhere or accessing essential services such as healthcare and education.

Mr Bashir also made an impassioned plea for an end to human rights abuses in the disputed region Jammu and Kashmir.

He spoke of thousands of people killed, imprisoned and maimed by pellet guns and called for an end the oppression. He said no-one should attempt to hide this suffering from the world.

He said: “All I ask for is a fair hearing for the Kashmiri cause and for a little compassion, calm and justice.

“The UN’s request to send observers to Jammu and Kashmir must be allowed, the immunity of security forces from prosecution for their misdeeds must be lifted and the people’s right to national self-determination must be honoured.

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