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In the House of Commons, India faces fire over CAA and Delhi riots | India News

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LONDON: India was criticized Tuesday in the House of Commons with Labor, SNP, Liberal Democrats and Conservative Parliamentarians, including parliamentarians of Indian origin, queuing to criticize the Indian government for the recent violence in Delhi and the Citizenship Law (Amendment ) and urging the United Kingdom government to take stronger measures.
At one point, when SNP’s David Linden said they had seen Modi and Trump embraced “in their struggle to reach a trade agreement” and asked for assurances that the United Kingdom would raise these cases “at the highest levels of government” and I would not ignore human rights. When it came to trade agreements, FCO’s junior minister, Nigel Adams, on behalf of Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who was in Turkey, said: “While trade is absolutely vital to our economy and future prosperity, this does not in any way compromise the United Kingdom’s commitment to keep human rights at the center of our foreign policy, and I can guarantee that we will not seek trade excluding human rights. ”
Adams said the events in Delhi were “very worrisome”, the United Kingdom was monitoring violence and developments around the CAA “closely” and the United Kingdom condemned attacks against people based on religion. “Any complaint of human rights abuses is deeply disturbing and we have made it clear that they must be thoroughly investigated, quickly and transparently,” Adams said.
Deputy Tory Richard Graham said the videos showed “a shocking orchestrated sectarian violence” and asked the minister to invite the Indian high commissioner of the United Kingdom to his office to share with him the “deep concerns” of so many voters. “If there is a positive side, it is what a Gujarati Muslim told me: he and his family now value more than ever the plurality and security in all religions offered by this country.”
Adams said he would ask Lord Ahmad to meet with the Indian high commissioner.
Labor deputy Stephen Timms said the CAA was “a decisive departure” from the Ambedkar Constitution, which was admired worldwide for its commitment to equality.
Labor deputy and PIO Tan Dhesi said that “inciting mafia violence in Delhi on the basis of someone’s faith” brought painful memories of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots while studying in India. He said that the “persecution of Indian Muslims”, many of whom have been peacefully protesting against CAA, is “completely intolerable” and the police cannot keep up “or worse still be complicit as many victims and social activists allege.” He said the perpetrators must face the full force of the law.
Many of the parliamentarians referred to a BBC broadcast Monday night saying that the police had been complicit in the violence against Muslims.
Mirpur-born Labor MP, Mohammad Yasin, said: “As the BBC recently reported, there is evidence that the police are complicit in the latest outbreak of violence in Delhi and of encouraging violence against Muslims.” Deputy Tory Nusrat Ghani asked the minister to ensure that the concerns of parliamentarians are transmitted to the Indian authorities, “including the brutality that seems to have been (imposed) by those who should enforce the law that was covered by the BBC on Monday night. ”
Labor deputy of PoK origin, Zarah Sultana, said that violence in Delhi had been “plagued by BJP politicians” and that it was “the last attack directed against Muslims by the Modi government.”
The PIO Labor MP, Nadia Whittome, said it was time to reject the language of “community clashes and violence” when describing the riots, since it was actually “a continuation of the sustained and systemic Hindutva violence that is waged against communities Muslim ethnicities and many minorities in India who are sanctioned. ” by the BJP government of Modi. ”
The Liberal Democrats parliamentarian, Alistair Carmichael, said that the CAA and the violence that has precipitated was not an isolated act and occurred immediately after the implementation of the NRC in Assam and the “actions of the Modi government in Kashmir.” “It begins to seem part of a course of conduct designed to marginalize Muslims in India. India is in the Commonwealth. What are we doing through the Commonwealth? Carmichael asked.

Times of India

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