US presidential candidate slams India's 'unacceptable' actions in occupied Kashmir

Published: September 1, 2019
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US Senator Bernie Sanders. PHOTO: Reuters

US Senator Bernie Sanders. PHOTO: Reuters

PHOTO: Reuters US Senator Bernie Sanders. PHOTO: Reuters

US Senator Bernie Sanders on Saturday expressed concern over the deteriorating conditions in occupied Kashmir and termed India’s actions “unacceptable”.

The veteran senator, who is a fierce critic of the Donald Trump administration, said the US government must ensure the implementation of international laws and should press for a peaceful resolution through the United Nations (UN).

“India’s action [in Kashmir] is unacceptable. The communications blockade must be lifted immediately, and the US government must speak out boldly in support of international humanitarian law and in support of a UN-backed peaceful resolution,” said Sanders, who is one of the leading Democratic presidential candidates.

Speaking at the Islamic Society of North America, the senator said India’s “crackdown in the name of ‘security’ is also denying the Kashmiri people access to medical care”.

US Muslim congresswoman urges respect for human rights in occupied Kashmir

“Even many respected doctors in India have acknowledged that the Indian government-imposed restrictions on travel are threatening the life care that patients need,” said Sanders.

He also condemned the increasing hate crimes against the Muslim community in the US, calling it “domestic terrorism”.

“We must speak out when we have a president and an administration who believes that Islam hates us,” he said.

 

A few days ago, Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar also urged Indian authorities in occupied Kashmir to respect human rights and to de-escalate the rapidly deteriorating situation in the disputed valley.

Ilhan, one of the first two Muslim women elected to the US Congress, is a member of her party’s progressive wing and a sharp critic of President Donald Trump and of Israel’s policy toward the Palestinians.

Her reaction over the deteriorating human rights situation came hours after Trump, who earlier offered to mediate between Pakistan and India over Kashmir, said on Monday that “Pakistan and India can handle the issue on their own, but I am here”.

 

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Menon
    Sep 1, 2019 - 6:40PM

    Goes to show Bernie’s ignorance of world affairs.

    Further, he just lost all Indian-American support and money!

    Good job Bernie.Recommend

  • DJ
    Sep 2, 2019 - 12:41PM

    Pretty much everyone understands that Bernie can’t stop the Trump juggernaut. The employment rate still being all-time high Bernie is not going to win the election. India pretty much understand that. Moreover, Bernie is yet to taste the Indian clout in the USA. Nothing to worry about him.Recommend

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