A letter to Keir Starmer initiated by Labour Friends of Kashmir activists Armaan Khan and Cllr Ahmad Bostan – which is already said to have attracted over 3000 signatures – tells the new Labour leader many members “are very disappointed to see your statement issued after your meeting with Labour friends of India which has caused us grave concern over the future foreign policy direction of our party under your leadership”.
They add, “We are among thousands of party members from a vast array of backgrounds including Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims, Christians and those of no organised religion who have a strong affinity with the cause of Kashmir from a human rights perspective. Many of us also supported your leadership campaign in light of your promise to continue the very successful policy direction implemented under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership which included a firm commitment to an ethical foreign policy”.
“We are perturbed by what seems to be a move away from that pledge”, they continue. “The Labour Party is an internationalist party supporting and showing solidarity with those suffering around the World, something that our party must continue to champion.”
The full letter can be found here
The conference motion urges the Labour party to
- · …Ensure someone from the labour party is represented to attend the UNHRC to demand the restoration of basic human rights including the freedom of speech and communication, the lifting of curfews, and to allow the humanitarian aid organisation and international observers to enter the region.
- Meet high commissioners of both India and Pakistan to ensure there is mediation and restoration of peace and normality to prevent a potential nuclear conflict.
- Accept that Kashmir is a disputed territory and the people of Kashmir should be given the right of self-determination in accordance with UN resolutions.
- stand with the Kashmiri people fighting against occupation, this is vital as we stand for social justice and ethical foreign policy.