The voices of women and young people must be heard in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute and in post conflict decisions, Labour MEP Alex Mayer said at a high level United Nations meeting in Geneva.
The meeting titled “Women and Youth in Conflict” took place on 22nd June and was co-sponsored by the International Muslim Women Union.
Ms Mayer condemned human rights abuses in Kashmir and highlighted the use of metal pellets fired by security forces during protests. In one incident more than 1,200 children below the age of 15 were injured, most either blinded completely or losing the vision in one eye.
Ms Mayer said “After 70 years of conflict, we can’t afford to wait any longer. As a member of the European Parliament’s Friends of Kashmir Group, I want to make sure the world knows about the horrific human rights abuses taking place and work towards Kashmiri people being able to determine their own peaceful future.
“It is vital however, that the voices heard in these discussions are not just the usual male dominated ones. The views of both women and young people must be heard and acted on too.”