'The people of Kashmir need political space to move forward peacefully', Green Euro MP, Jean Lambert, told the International Council for Human Rights (ICHR) and the Kashmir Centre at a roundtable in Brussels today.
With Human Rights Day approaching this weekend (Sunday 10th December) and President Musharraf's most recent offer for Pakistan to renounce its claim to Kashmir, if India also makes a similar move. Jean Lambert said she hoped there was now a chance for Kashmir to explore peaceful solutions ensuring everyone benefited from their human rights.
Speaking after the roundtable discussion Jean, who has been awarded for her work on Justice and Human Rights, commented; "President Musharraf's offer to renounce Pakistan's rights to Kashmir is a welcome step forward for the people living there as well as benefiting international relations between India, Pakistan and the rest of the world.
"The Government however need the support of the people in order to make this new opportunity work effectively and this could be a problem in the region of Kahmir. The people of Kashmir now need political space in which to explore peaceful solutions. The authorities have to respect human rights to allow that to happen."
Today's roundtable discussed the topic of human rights in the face of terrorism and aimed to remind states of their obligations under international law to uphold human rights and international freedoms.
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Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.