International Criminal Court trial for Indian Kashmir Rape victims: Lord Ahmed

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(London) Since 1989, thousands of Kashmiri women have suffered rape and physical abuse from the Indian police force and the army in the occupied Kashmir.

During the recent debate, in the House of Lords, Lord Ahmed raised the matter of rape in Kashmir, and Praised the Foreign Secretary for holding an International Conference on “Rape” which is being used in the War Zones areas as a tool for humiliation. Lord Ahmed asked the Minister to support an international Independent investigation into rape of the Kashmiri women since 1989 and asked for the prosecution of these perpetrators to be brought to the International Criminal Court. The advocate General for Scotland the Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC responded with a letter to Lord Ahmed regarding matters raised in the debate.

Please find attached a letter from the Advocate General for Scotland who has obtained a response from the Foreign and Commonwealth Minister, who said that they are aware of the human rights abuses in Kashmir which must be investigated thoroughly and transparently, subsequently they have raised concern through the British high commission in Delhi and Islamabad.

FCO said :”The UK government supports measures in India’s 120 poorest districts through the Department for International Development (DIFD) programme. This is placed in order to promote the empowerment of access to benefits and services to excluded groups. This programme will also help young women to complete basic education and further tackle violence against women and girls”.

The letter states that “The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs William Hague has since invited the government of India to attend the “End sexual violence” summit, which was attended by the Indian high commissioner to the UK. This initiative was discussed with the Indian foreign minister.

Lord Ahmed said that International Conference would be meaningless and will remain a “talking shop” unless serious action is not taken against the perpetrators of this heinous crime