Parliamentarians to debate on the issue on December 12th
Brussels: The European Parliament (EP) has been since a long time an advocate of an immediate and effective end to the plight of the Rohingya. The ultimate objective of any long-term solution should be the re-integration of the Rohingya back in Myanmar in conditions of dignity and safety and with full citizenship rights. This has been highlighted in an European Parliament resolution, introduced by MEP Amjad Bashir, in June this year on “Statelessness in South and South East Asia” and another urgency resolution of the European Parliament in the wake of the massive exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya from Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh since late August.
Following SKY NEWS’ filming of the first independent evidence from Myanmar’s Rakhine State MEP Amjad Bhashir had submitted plea the following day in the November plenary, the European Parliament has decided to hold an extraordinary debate on December 12th that will lead in turn to a new resolution. In preparation for this debate and the (new) resolution, MEP has convened Rohingya cross-party conference on Dec 5th next week.
Representatives of the European External Action Service, diplomatic missions from countries of the Middle East and Asia, as well as NGOs participants and representatives have been invited to attend this conference.
Kashmir.Foundation director Abdul Latif Bhat, who has been also invited to Rohingya cross-party conference debate, has urged MEPs to also consider the issue of mass blinding of the innocent Kashmiris by Indian forces by using pellet guns in disputed state of Jammu & Kashmir during the past 2 years.
Abdul Latif Bhat reminded the European Parliament the Treaty of Lisbon adopted in late 2009. Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) provides that ‘the Union is based on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities’.
He said that the people of Kashmir welcome the debate on Rohingya crisis to be held in European Parliament and at the same time expect that debate should not reflect Europe’s double standard by ignoring the gross human rights violations taking place in disputed Kashmir at the hands of hugely deployed Indian forces.