Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (102)

Ruth Coppinger


102. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has made representations to the Indian authorities regarding oppression and human rights issues in Kashmir; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37569/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

I am aware of the ongoing situation in Kashmir and my Department is monitoring developments closely. I hope that the situation will be resolved peacefully, and support the EU’s position, which is in favour of direct dialogue between India and Pakistan.

Ireland also supports UN Secretary-General Guterres' call for restraint from all parties, and continues to work within the EU and the UN to address concerns of human rights violations in Kashmir. The EU’s recent statement at the UN Human Rights Council, which Ireland supports, encouraged the Indian Government to continue to lift remaining restrictions and to maintain the constitutional rights and freedoms of the affected population.

Officials in my Department, including in our Embassies in India and Ankara (which is accredited to Pakistan), will continue to monitor the situation.