US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib on Friday called for a blockade of communications and curfew in occupied Kashmir to "shed light" on what is happening in the disputed region.
In a statement, Tlaib, who is part of a group of progressive congressmen from the United States known as "the squad," said: "India must allow due process to the thousands of people it has held without charge and ensure hospitals have the necessary access to life – saving medicine.
"The United States government must support a peaceful resolution backed by the United Nations that restores autonomy and guarantees the self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. We cannot lose sight of the millions of Kashmir people who long to live in peace. and dignity. "
Since the Indian government repealed article 370 of its constitution (stripping occupied Kashmir of its special status), a strict blockade and blackout of communications in the region has been imposed. Now it has been in place for more than 40 days.
Tlaib, in his statement, condemned India's decision to revoke the special status of Kashmir, as well as blocking communications.
"While I deeply respect India and its important relationship with the United States, I condemn the revocation by the Indian government of articles 370 and 35A, the blockade of the communications it has imposed, the suppression of life-saving medical care and reports of violence, torture and other human rights violations that are carried out in Jammu and Kashmir. "
Tlaib is not the only American legislator who has condemned India's action in occupied Kashmir. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar had previously asked for "de-escalation" and "immediate restoration of communication" in occupied Kashmir. Both congressmen are openly political opponents and critics of US President Donald Trump.
In addition, several US senators sent a letter to President Trump on Thursday expressing concern about the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir and urging him to use his influence for the release of detainees after August 5.
Tlaib said Friday that India's "unacceptable actions" in occupied Kashmir strip the cashmere of their "human dignity, endanger millions of people and seriously undermine democracy in India and Kashmir."
The Palestinian-US lawmaker added that people should not have to fear "unjust detention, rape or torture for what they are and what they believe."
Tlaib said he had met residents of the US state of Michigan who could not call their families in occupied Kashmir to make sure they were safe.
"A truly unimaginable situation while violence, militarization and occupation continue," he said, adding: "Jammu and Kashmir is already one of the most militarized regions on Earth, and the recent actions of India create more instability and increase the potential to accelerate violence. " "
Citing reports from the UN and human rights groups, the congresswoman said the "continued immunity" of members of the Indian armed forces from prosecution for human rights abuses through the Special Powers Act of the Armed Forces (AFSPA ) has remained a "key obstacle to accountability and perpetuates its disproportionate use of force".
"The use of shotguns and tear gas as crowd control mechanisms has injured and maimed many cashmere, including children. In addition, reports indicate that the Indian government has restricted access to life-saving medical care for the people. cashmere, creating shortages of drugs and restricting trips to doctors and pharmacies. "
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Tlaib said that reportedly more than 3,000 people have been detained indefinitely without charges.
"Acts of sexual violence and forced disappearances of civilians, allegedly by Indian security forces, represent serious human rights concerns in Jammu and Kashmir.
"I urge the Indian government to accept responsibility for the human rights violations that are being committed in Jammu and Kashmir and hold the responsible parties accountable.
"India and Pakistan must start implementing the [UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights] The OHCHR recommendations of its 2018 and 2019 reports on the crisis, "he added.