ICHR Hails EP Resolution on the Afzal Guru

STRASBOURG- International Council for Human Rights (ICHR)- Kashmir Project has welcomed the European Parliament’s resolution on the execution of Afzal Guru and its implications in Indian Kashmir that was debated, voted and unanimously passed at the plenary session here in Strasbourg.

The Chairman of ICHR - Kashmir Project, Barrister A. Majid Tramboo described the European Parliament’s Resolution as a commitment of the European community in support of the human rights advocacy in Jammu and Kashmir.

Tramboo expressed his satisfaction for condemning the government of India’s secret execution of Afzal Guru by the European Parliament, which is articulated in the resolution in the following terms - “Condemns the Government of India’s execution in secret of Afzal Guru at New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on 9 February 2013, in opposition to the worldwide trend towards the abolition of capital punishment, and expresses its regret that Afzal Guru’s wife and other family members were not informed of his imminent execution and burial;”

He equally deeply appreciated the sentiments of the European Parliament for adopting the following crucial paragraphs:

“Calls on the Government of India to return Afzal Guru’s body to his family;” 

“Regrets the deaths of three young Kashmiris following the protests against Afzal Guru’s execution; calls on the security forces to exercise restraint in the use of force against peaceful protesters;” 

“Calls on the Government of India, as a matter of urgency, not to approve any execution order in the future;”

Tramboo emphasized “The Resolution on the execution of Afzal Guru responded to the demands of the Kashmiri people and held the government of India accountable to their cruel execution of Guru.” He added “The resolution will contribute to a better understanding of the plight of the people of Jammu & Kashmir.”

“The European Union, in its engagement with India, should continue demanding for more freedom of expression in Kashmir and the cultivation of a more enabling environment for human rights defenders and political leaders that allows them to operate without fear of harassment and/ or violence, including APHC leaders for their rightful demand of the right to self-determination,” Tramboo further stated. 

It maybe recalled that ICHR has, with its intense lobbying, persuaded various political groups and a considerable number of Members of the European Parliament to introduce a motion for an Urgency Resolution on the secret hanging of Afzal Guru.

Tramboo has commended the work undertaken by the members of the European Parliament particularly Eija-Riitta Korhola, Cristian Dan Preda, Filip Kaczmarek, Bernd Posselt, Philipe Boulland, Jaroslaw Walesa, Tunne Kelam, Roberta Angelilli, Elena Basescu, Anna Zaborska, Sergio Silvestris, Giovanni La Via, Eduard Kukan, Sari Essayah, Jean Roatta, Petri Sarvamaa, Monica Macovei, Mairead Mc Guinness and Krzysztof Lisek, Karima Delli, Mitro Repo, Marie-Christine Vergiat, Bernd Posselt, Joanna Senyszyn, Kristiina Ojuland, Phil Bennion, James Elles and Jean Lambert as well as all other members who supported and signed the resolution. 

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