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432-00056 (Foreign affairs)

Paper petition

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:

  • Petition against the Human Rights Violations in Kashmir since the 5th of August, 2019
  • India needs to lift the curfew going on for the past 4 months, and withdraw it's 900,000 plus armed troops from Kashmir
  • Canada needs to demand India to return the 13000 Kashmiri boys abducted, and taken away by the Indian troops
  • Canada needs to demand Mr. Modi to give freedom back to the Kashmiri people and return the status of the State of Kashmir
  • Canada needs to raise it's voice and speak out for the Kashmiri people

Therefore,

We, the undersigned Citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to raise it's voice against the atrocities by Modi government in Kashmir.

Response by the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Signed by (Minister or Parliamentary Secretary): The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne

The Government of Canada continues to closely monitor the political and human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir. More than one year after the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution of India on August 5, 2019, many restrictions have been lifted, including the release of most individuals under preventative detention, the easing of curfews, and the partial restoration of telecommunications services. Canada remains concerned, however, by the continuing communication restrictions, ongoing preventative detentions, and the mounting economic impact, which is compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada regularly engages the Government of India on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Following the revocation of Article 370, the Minister of Foreign Affairs spoke with the Minister of External Affairs of India and also issued a statement expressing Canada’s concerns regarding the risk of escalation, infringements on civil rights, and reports of detentions. During an official visit to Ottawa on December 19, 2019, the Minister of Foreign Affairs also discussed the situation in Jammu and Kashmir directly with the Minister of External Affairs of India.

Canada also engages with local stakeholders on the ground in Jammu and Kashmir. On February 12-13, 2020, Canada’s High Commissioner to India visited the Jammu and Kashmir region as part of a diplomatic delegation. During the visit, the High Commissioner met with local officials, media, and civil society representatives and discussed issues including the security situation, economic and communications restrictions, and the political process.

Canada looks forward to the restoration of normalcy and resumption of inclusive political dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir. In this regard, Canada has followed political developments, including the implementation of the Reorganization (Adaptation of State Laws) Order or “domicile law,” issued by the Government of India on March 31, 2020. Canada continues to encourage meaningful consultations with affected local communities and shares the aspiration that all communities in the region can live in peace, security and dignity.

The Government of Canada is committed to the protection and promotion of human rights at home and abroad, and will continue to follow the situation in Jammu and Kashmir closely.

Presented to the House of Commons
Marilyn Gladu (Sarnia—Lambton)
October 5, 2020 (Petition No. 432-00056)
Government response tabled
November 18, 2020
Photo - Marilyn Gladu
Sarnia—Lambton
Conservative Caucus
Ontario

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