Kashmir: India’s human rights record attacked in UK and by US group

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LONDON: India has come under attack by the British Parliament as well as by a Muslim civil rights group in the United States for its human rights record and alleged rights violations in Kashmir.
British MPs – from Labor and Conservatives – lined up to slam India during a House of Commons debate on human rights in Kashmir on Thursday presented by Labor MP Debbie Abrahams and Labor MP Pakistani origin Yasmin Qureshi.
Labor MP Naz Shah said: “The question that preoccupies millions of Kashmiris around the world and in the region is simply this: How is the butcher of Gujarat going to settle this unfinished business of partition? The Indian High Commission in London responded by saying it had noted “with sadness” that an “august institution of another democracy has been misused today to commit abuses against the elected leader of the largest democracy in office “.
Simultaneously, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) urged Americans to call on US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to “raise issues of human rights violations, including religious persecution. Muslims in India ”, during the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the coming days. “It is unacceptable that the Biden administration is welcoming someone who is responsible for a multitude of human rights abuses and the persecution of religious minorities,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said, adding that Biden and Harris “have an obligation” to pressure Modi “on his human rights record” and demand real change in “India’s counterproductive and undemocratic actions against minority communities.”
Abrahams, who was banned from entering India in February 2020, is the chairman and Qureshi is the deputy chairman of the All-Party Kashmiri Parliamentary Group (APPGK), which aims to support the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people. and highlight alleged human rights violations in Kashmir.
Vishwesh Negi, Minister (Press and Information) at the Indian High Commission in London, then told TOI: must be duly substantiated by authentic and verifiable facts. ”
Qureshi claimed that the daily reality of Kashmiris was “mass arrests and raids, torture, suppression of freedom of assembly, crushing of the Kashmiri press, decimation of the local economy, paralysis of the system. education, the incarceration of thousands of people, the conversion of hotels and guesthouses into detention centers and the gagging of Kashmiri civil society “.
Kashmiri-born Labor MP Khalid Mahmood said: “I think we should all apply to the Indian High Commission for a visa to go to Kashmir. When we don’t all get a visa to do so, then we should move a motion to Mr. Speaker and the Lord Speaker to ensure that the Indian High Commissioner is not allowed in this place at all. ”
Labor MP Imran Hussain, also a British Kashmir, claimed that the Modi government unilaterally revoking Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution was “in direct violation of UN resolutions and international law, and a war crime under of the Fourth Geneva Convention ”. He described it as the “greatest assault” they have seen against the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.
Stepping away from traditional UK government policy on Kashmir, Tory MP Robbie Moore said MPs could “use our influence to ensure this terrible situation is investigated and our government uses its weight and influence to lobby for a solution “. He said he wanted UN human rights officials to have access to both sides of the LoC to find out the facts.
But Conservative MP Theresa Villiers said: “We must also recognize the suffering caused in Jammu and Kashmir due to terrorism and fundamentalism. Today’s terrorist groups continue to threaten the security of people in Kashmir. include Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, who the Indian government says all have clear ties to Pakistan. ”
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