Canadian HR activists to intensify efforts for Kashmir.


ISLAMABAD -- At the conclusion of their threeweek visit to Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), the members of a delegation of Canadian human rights activists vowed to intensify their efforts on behalf of the suffering people of Indian Occupied Kashmir. Led by Mr. Zafar Bangash of Friends of Kashmir Canada and Director Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, the delegation has identified several specific areas where they intend to work. These include, Lobbying Canadian government officials and parliamentarians to help lift the lockdown to which the 8 million Kashmiris have been subjected since August 5. Work with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to facilitate contact between the thousands of Kashmiri youth taken into custody, and their parents; Work with Amnesty International to secure the release of Kashmiri political prisoners and prisoners of conscience; Urge the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) to speak out on behalf of Kashmiri journalists that have been detained and are prevented from doing their work; Intensify...

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