Seema Malhotra, the Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston, and Ruth Cadbury, the Member of Parliament for Brentford and Isleworth, have written a letter to the Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, on the situation in Kashmir.
The text of the letter can be read below:
We are writing to you with our concerns about the ongoing situation in Kashmir.
The revocation of Article 370 has significant consequences for the region. As an international community, we all want to see peace, prosperity and human rights maintained for all.
Our constituents who have contacted us on this issue include diaspora communities from across the region. I know you will appreciate the stability of the Kashmir is of great concern for them and their families. With the region being cut off in a communications blackout, many of our constituents with Kashmiri heritage fear for the safety of their families and loved ones.
The UN Security Council (UNSC) has adopted a number of resolutions over Kashmir, including one that calls upon both sides to “refrain from making any statements and from doing or causing to be done or permitting any acts which might aggravate the situation.”
The manner in which the revocation of Article 370 happened has surprised the international community. I would be grateful if you could clarify whether the UK Government believes there to be an international law dimension to the revocation of Article 370, and the UK Government position on this. It is vital to ensure the stability and security of the region and the rights of minorities and the safety of all peoples in Kashmir and across India protected.
We all want to see that India and Pakistan work together with the support of the international community to determine a lasting and peaceful political solution, which protects the rights of the Kashmiri people. The UK Government is well placed work with both India and Pakistan and must do all that it can to help de-escalate tensions within the region.