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Published on August 7th, 2016 | by ksc

Protest in Oslo against human rights violations in Indian held Kashmir

Oslo 5. August 2016, A mass protest was launched against the human rights violations in Indian held Jammu and Kashmir.

A great number of Norwegians and prominent members of the international community staged a peaceful demonstration outside the Norwegian Parliament in Oslo to register their protest against the recent killing of peaceful protesters by Indian troops and police in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The participants had come from different parts of the world. Among others, following held powerful speeches:

Lars Rise – Former member of the Norwegian parliament. Mr. Rise established the first Kashmir group in the Norwegian Parliament and initiated several debates on Kashmir in the parliament.

Dr. Eija-Riita Korhola – Former member of the european parliament. Dr. Korhola is a specialist in communication and consultancy in EU-affairs. She has more than 15 years of experience in European lawmaking, especially in the field of energy, climate, environment and the internal market.

Ali Shahnawaz Khan – The founder and the Executive director of the Kashmiri Scandinavian Council. Mr. Khan has been working for the kashmir cause for last two decades.

Anthony Cordle – Attached with the british house of lords.

Moez Khan – A young Norwegian-Kashmiri human rights activist working for the Kashmiri cause.

Mukthar Chaudry – Norwegian Kashmiri activist.

Others prominent participants were:

  • Cathy Cordle, London UK
  • Lee Corder, Washington DC, UK
  • Paula Corder, Washington DC, UK
  • Jennifer Lu, Beijing China
  • Iris Lu, Beijing China
  • Bogdan Angelica, Bucharest, Romania
  • Laura Angelica, Bucharest, Romania

The Protesters carried placards reading “Stop killings in Kashmir”, “Kashmir bleeds and the world looks on”, “UN unfold your preventive diplomacy”, “India: Stop state terrorism in Kashmir”, Stop indiscriminate killing of men, women, children, old and young” and “Implement UN resolutions in Kashmir”.

They raised forceful slogans against India and in favor of Kashmiris’ freedom from Indian illegal occupation. Addressing the protesters, Ali Shahnawaz Khan, the executive director of Kashmiri Scandinavian Council, said that the world needed to acknowledge the seriousness of the situation in occupied Kashmir in which over 50 innocent precious lives had been lost, more than hundred people had lost their eyesight and many people were critically wounded due to the firing of Indian forces on peaceful protesters. He appealed to the international community to break its silence over the brutalities of Indian police and troops in the occupied territory.

Mr. Khan also referred to the United Nations resolution, passed 14. March 1950 which called for demilitarization of the state and to settle the status of the state in accordance to the wishes of the people of the Jammu and Kashmir. Among others, the resolution was favored the Norwegian ambassador to UN, Mr. Arne Toraff Sunde.  Mr. Khan emphasized that people of Jammu and Kashmir are still waiting for the implementation of that resolution.

The protest ended with a famous Norwegian singer, Arvid Pattersen presenting a beautiful song he dedicated to the Kashmiris struggle for peace and freedom.


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