Pramila Jayapal and James McGovern, two outstanding and liberal Democrats from the U.S. Home of Representatives, have written to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asking him to “press” the Indian authorities to right away finish the communications restrictions in Kashmir and cling to worldwide human rights requirements there.
The lawmakers have additionally raised the difficulty of a “surge in attacks against religious minorities” in India with Mr. Pompeo. The letter is the newest occasion of messages from Congress members, both despatched to the administration or raised on social media or at gatherings, elevating considerations concerning the restrictions the federal government has imposed on Kashmir. Ben Cardin, a Democratic member of the Senate International Relations Committee, had tweeted and issued an announcement on September 9 elevating comparable considerations. Democrat Judy Chu, a congresswoman from California, had tweeted concerning the problem on Monday.
Ms. Jayapal and Mr. McGovern’s letter, dated September 10, and tweeted by Ms. Jayapal on Wednesday, seeks to “raise significant concerns about the ongoing humanitarian and human rights crisis in Jammu & Kashmir” and highlights the detentions, curfews, lack of communication and web entry.
“A number of experiences point out that over 3,000 folks have been indefinitely detained by Indian authorities with none prices, some as younger as 11-years-old.
These jailed have included elected officers, legal professionals, enterprise executives, spiritual leaders and medical doctors,” the lawmakers mentioned.
Ms. Jayapal, a Chennai-born Congresswoman from Washington state is co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Mr. McGovern is Chairman of the Home Guidelines Committee which decides whether or not and the way the Home will vote on laws.
“As the world’s largest democracy, India shares a unique and important relationship with the United States. While we have deep regard for that relationship, it is incumbent upon us to speak out when our shared democratic principles are being undermined. Regardless of the complexity of any situation, we firmly believe that democratic principles of due process and human rights must apply,” they mentioned.
The lawmakers’ letter highlights experiences of “severely curtailed” entry to medical providers and medical doctors and medical experts being pressured to not converse up about shortages or the causes of demise of sufferers.
It additionally raises considerations — which have persevered — on mob lynchings of minorities, saying such assaults have continued. Ms. Jayapal and Mr. McGovern have earlier raised the difficulty immediately with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2017 throughout a Congressional go to to India, as per the letter.
“We also urge the Indian Government at its highest levels to make it clear that religious tolerance — long a principle of Indian history and democracy — must be upheld,” the letter says.
The lawmakers have requested the Indian authorities to permit worldwide media and human rights observers entry to the area to confirm experiences and for the U.S. to “push for immediate action on these issues” by way of its delegation on the U.N. Human Rights Council at the moment in session.