The only Indian-American Congresswoman in the United States House of Representatives, Pramila Jayapal, along with Congressman James P McGovern, expressed concerns over the alarming human rights situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir and urged the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to convince India to end the curfew in the occupied valley.
“We urge you to work across the Administration to press the Indian Government to immediately end its communications blackout of Kashmir,” reads a letter written by the two Congress members to Pompeo on September 11.
“US should convince India to expedite the process of reviewing and releasing individuals ‘preventatively’ detained, ensure hospitals have access to life-saving medicines and protect the rights of the Kashmiri people to freedom of assembly and worship,” the letter states.
We also urged 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 two lawmakers wrote in the letter.
Jayapal also took to social networking website Twitter and said “I continue to be deeply concerned about credible reports of a humanitarian crisis in Jammu & Kashmir. Even in complex situations, we look to strong democratic allies like India to uphold basic human rights and due process.”
I continue to be deeply concerned about credible reports of a humanitarian crisis in Jammu & Kashmir. Even in complex situations, we look to strong democratic allies like India to uphold basic human rights and due process.
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) September 11, 2019