Kashmir Council EU has held a protest demonstration to mark the “Black Day” on Thursday, 15th August 2013 in front of Indian Embassy in Brussels, the capital city of Belgium.
It is important to mention that Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world observe the Indian Independence Day as “Black Day’’ on Aug 15 every year.
A large number of EU based Kashmiris and their supporters attended the gathering led by Chairman Kashmir Council EU Ali Raza Syed. On the occasion, a memorandum was handed over to the officials of the embassy. Addressing the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the memorandum called for end of atrocities against the people of Kashmir by th Indain secuurity forces and implimentation of US Secuity council resolutions on Kashmir dispute.
In this memoraundum, the protesters expressed their concrns on continued and unabated use of torture, rape which has been a routine of Indian occupation governance in Kashmir for the last 63 years and most recently killing of more innocent civilians in occupied territories and on the Line of Control (LOC).
The protesters strongly condemned the atrocities, massacres, extra-judicial murders, custodial deaths, reprisal killings, arbitrary detentions, torture, destruction of houses, shops and villages and rape which are being used as instruments of suppression by the Indian Government through its military, paramilitary and mercenary forces.
The demonstrators also expressed moral support for the Kashmiri people’s legitimate right of self-Determination as recognized by the United Nations.
The memorandum asked India to immediately repeal the draconian Laws i.e. AFSA (Armed Forces Special Act) and PSA (Public Safety Act) that are enacted within Kashmir, as tool of Occupation.
Beside Belgium, a number of people from other EU counties also attended the demonstarion on Black Day in Brussels. Representatives of the different human rights organisations in Europe including Kashmir Centre Holland also participated in the protest gathering against human rights violations committed by New Delhi in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK. On the occasion, Mr. Ali Raza Syed determined that the peaceful struggle for liberation of Kashmir would be continued.
Expressing serious concerns on the current situation in IHK, Chairman Kashmir Council EU said, people in IHK are even deprived of peaceful demonstrations.
He called for immediate international attention on the existing situation in Indian Held Kashmir and repeatedly shelling of Indian forces on LOC.
Chairman Kashmir Council EU called for an end to the detention of the Kashmiris particularly recent detention of political leadership in unlawful action by the security forces in IHK.
Ali Raza Syed emphasized that the Held Kashmir has been converted into a huge prison by India through depriving the people of their fundamental rights.
He made it clear that today Kashmiris are closer to the logic fruition of their aspirations to determine their fate as assured by the UN Resolutions.
Appreciating recent statement of Ban Ki-moon on Kashmir, Chairman Kashmir Council EU urged that UN should take its responsibility on the issue of Kashmir by taking serious action against Indian atrocities. He declared that Kashmir Council EU would continue peace full struggle for rights of the people of Kashmir. Other participants also addressed the gathering.