UK con­fer­ence sup­ports right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

LON­DON—At a packed venue in the Houses of Par­lia­ment, ‘Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans for Na­tional Self-De­ter­mi­na­tion’ (PNSD) hosted a Con­fer­ence fo­cus­ing on the right of self-de­ter­mi­na­tion and how that can be used to bring peace and jus­tice to con­flict zones.

Lord Nazir Ahmed, PNSD’s Chair, hosted the event and ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to mem­bers of Par­lia­ment from across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum that of­fered their sup­port to na­tions who want to peace­ably re­store democ­racy and hu­man rights in their re­spec­tive home­lands. He im­plored the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to do more to pro­tect this core hu­man right and com­mit­ted to raise this with the UK Gov­ern­ment.

Fabian Hamil­ton, a Labour Party MP, and shadow for­eign af­fairs min­is­ter, sent a clear mes­sage that the “Labour Party strongly sup­ports the right of op­pressed peo­ples through­out the world to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion as one of the few ways in which con­flict and vi­o­lence may be avoided and com­mu­ni­ties are able to live to­gether in peace”. He noted that hu­man rights are all too of­ten dis­re­garded by those who choose to over­look the rights of the mi­nor­ity for their own self­ish ends.

Peter Grant MP, rep­re­sent­ing the Scot­tish Na­tional Party, spoke of his party’s ide­o­log­i­cal affin­ity with all those who sought, through ex­clu­sively peace­ful means, to se­cure right of self-de­ter­mi­na­tion for their peo­ples. He was proud

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