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Kashmir has proper to self-determination, says ex-Catalan chief Puigdemont

“If the right to self-determination is recognised as a right in any kind of negotiation, only than will it be possible to protect the concept of right to self determination,” Former Catalan president and MEP Carles Puigdemont mentioned. —AFP/Pau Barrena/Files

BRUSSELS: Kashmir deserves the proper to self-determination, former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont mentioned Thursday, whereas emphasising that it was a primary human proper.

Speaking to The News following a convention on Kashmir on the Press Club Brussels Europe, Puigdemont — additionally a member of the European Parliament (MEP) — mentioned human rights couldn’t be outlined with out together with the basic proper to self-determination.

The MEP — who lives in exile in Belgium and is at present being sought by the Spanish judiciary for enjoying a component in Catalonia’s failed try at independence — mentioned: “Europe has a double customary on human rights.

“The bottom line is that if you respect human rights, then you have to respect the right to self-determination,” he mentioned, including that the need of the folks shaped the premise of democracy and session.

“If the right to self-determination is recognised as a right in any kind of negotiation, only than will it be possible to protect the concept of right to self determination,” Puigdemont famous.

On the opposite hand, Manuela Frutos Gama — who has been elected an MEP for the fourth time — mentioned she was saddened to study that for years, the Kashmiri folks have been ready for a referendum in Europe on their proper to self-determination.

However, she advised The News that she has additionally come to know that India had a robust stance on this regard and didn’t need a referendum.

As an MEP, she would attempt to convey the events collectively on this difficulty, mentioned Gama, who is ready to exchange Germany’s Dr Klaus Buchner — a sympathiser of the Kashmir difficulty.

Organisation of Kashmir Coalition (OKC) chief Barrister Abdul Majid Tramboo responded to the conclusions made within the 15th EU-India Summit, which was held on July 15, saying they had been “regrettable”.

In the digital summit, the European leaders didn’t elevate human rights points as strongly as we had anticipated them to, Tramboo famous, including that that was a part of the occasion’s primary agenda throughout the framework of a dialogue on human rights.

Responding to a query on human rights within the continent, Kashmir Council-Europe (KC-EU) Chairperson Ali Raza Syed mentioned: “There are double standards.”

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