Australian politician pledges support for Kashmiris’ right to self-determination

Published: September 3, 2018
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Former Australian senator Lee Rhiannon addressing a gathering in Islamabad on Monday. PHOTO: APP

Former Australian senator Lee Rhiannon addressing a gathering in Islamabad on Monday. PHOTO: APP

MUZAFFARABAD: Lee Rhiannon, the former Australian senator and human rights activist, has reiterated her support for Kashmiris’ right of self-determination. The senior Australian Greens leader is currently visiting Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

Speaking to reporters following a meeting with Speaker AJK Legislative Assembly Shah Ghulam Qadir, she said that a recently issued report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights United Nations (OHCHR) on Indian-held Kashmir carries a lot of weightage.

The report provides vital information to common people and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working for human rights, Rhiannon added.

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She urged political parties and governments in the west to come forward and support the Kashmiri people in accordance with the recommendations of the OHCHR report. “We need plebiscite for Kashmiris. We need to end the human rights abuses and end the violence in the occupied valley,” she added.

The former senator regretted silence of the Australian government on the issue in the past. “But people like me are committed to the right of self-determination of Kashmiris and we will put pressure on the Australian government to support Kashmiris on international fora including at the human rights council,” she added.

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“We don’t intend to give it a Pakistan-India or Hindu-Muslim colour … it is the issue of Kashmiri people and their right of self-determination and we are here to support them.”

AJKLA Speaker Ghulam Qadir thanked the Australian leader for visiting the area and pledging full support to the oppressed people of Indian-occupied Kashmir. Later, he presented a shield to the visiting dignitary.

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  • Practical
    Sep 4, 2018 - 4:00AM

    Lee failed politician was kicked out as Senator by her party. Lee before talking about Kashmiri rights should first fight for the rights of Abororgines in Australia. I don’t know why the foreign politicians when they get kicked out from politics in their own country try to create problem somewhere else.Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Sep 4, 2018 - 5:58AM

    Does she understand that with 5 Muslim districts in southern Kashmir going Azadi then 200 Million Muslims living in India will also be made to leave India and join their Azad bothers in solidarity. Of course, Australia grows lot of wheat and sheep and she may be finding potential wheat and sheep market in Pakistan with 200 million new arrivals.

    First, She should deal with the Islamophobia in Australia, that. 3 consecutive Australian Prime Ministers in office have publicly asked Muslim to leave Australia. Only last week, an Australian Parliamentarian has demanded in Parliament that all Muslim including those born in Australia should be deported to Muslim countries.

    Secondly. she should handle Azadi crises in hand and show her skills and that is get a separate country for Rohingya Muslim from Burma or Myanmar.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Sep 4, 2018 - 8:40AM

    Even after 70 years of independence Pakistan still looking for assurance from goras even if they are irrelevant in their own countryRecommend

  • rationalist
    Sep 4, 2018 - 11:22AM

    How about the same pledge of support for the Baloch right to self-determination?Recommend

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