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India’s Kashmir Crackdown in Spotlight as China, Saudi Arabia Boycott G20 Meeting in Disputed Region

HeadlineMay 24, 2023

China and Saudi Arabia have boycotted G20 meetings held by host country India in the disputed and militarily occupied Kashmir region. In 2019, the Indian government stripped the Muslim-majority region of its semi-autonomous status, as it seeks to bring it fully under Indian rule. Hundreds of people rallied earlier this week in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari visited the region and addressed the Legislative Assembly.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari: “India is misusing its position as chair of the G20, a forum created to address global financial and economic issues, with utter disregard for the Security Council resolution, the U.N. Charter and its principle.”

Press freedom groups have also called out India’s crackdown on journalists in Kashmir.

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