Members of the European Union (EU) Parliament have demanded sanctions on India including trade and travel ban over human rights violations by the Modi government in Kashmir.
By Rakesh Raman
India’s Congress party – which is on the verge of extinction – condemned the Indian government headed by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi for its occupation of Kashmir, which is a disputed territory between India and Pakistan.
Currently, Kashmir is facing extreme human rights violations being committed by the Indian security forces, as the Modi government has abrogated Article 370 which gave special privileges to the people of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K).
Expecting backlash from the Kashmiris, Modi government had imposed curfew in Kashmir and millions of people (most of them are Muslims) have been locked in their homes since August 4, a day before revoking Article 370 for J&K. The Modi government is also not allowing the press to cover the burning situation in Kashmir, and did not allow opposition leaders to visit the troubled valley.
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“It has been 50 days of silence. 50 days of state sponsored oppression. 50 days of unlawful arrests. 50 days of horror for the people of Jammu & Kashmir. This is not normal and this is not fine,” Congress said in a tweet on Tuesday.
Since Congress was decimated by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recent Lok Sabha election, the orthodox family-run party has gone into a state of hibernation. Now Congress does not raise its voice forcefully on any issue that affects the people of India.
It has been 50 days of silence.
50 days of state sponsored oppression.
50 days of unlawful arrests.
50 days of horror for the people of Jammu & Kashmir.
— Congress (@INCIndia) September 24, 2019
Earlier this month, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said that India should restore human rights of the people of Kashmir. Ms. Bachelet said she is deeply concerned about the impact of recent actions by the Government of India on the human rights of Kashmiris, including restrictions on internet communications and peaceful assembly, and the detention of local political leaders and activists.
And Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai has urged the UN General Assembly to bring peace to Kashmir, which is currently under the occupation of Indian security forces. Malala said she is deeply concerned about reports of 4,000 people, including children, arbitrarily arrested and jailed, about students who haven’t been able to attend school for more than 40 days, and about girls who are afraid to leave their homes.
Meanwhile, Members of the European Union (EU) Parliament have demanded sanctions on India including trade and travel ban over human rights violations by the Modi government in Kashmir.
It is stated that India has deployed nearly 900,000 security people to control unarmed Kashmiris (nearly 80% are Muslims), and nearly 80,000 civilians have been killed in the conflicts during the past 7 decades.
The Modi government’s annexation of Kashmir is a unilateral, authoritarian move, which is expected to make Kashmir a veritable inferno because most people of Kashmir do not want to live under the Indian rule where Modi is the ruler.
Today, nearly 2 billion Muslims of the world expect the global community – including the U.S. – to save the Muslims of Kashmir who are being treated as slaves by the Modi government.
By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.
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