The UK doesn’t care about human rights abuses against Muslims in Kashmir

25th Oct 2019

Sir, First we have Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, revoking Article 370, which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir and clamping down on millions of Muslims in the state, cutting all communications, closing down schools, mosques, no access to medicine or food, detaining hundreds of children, politicians and others. (The Muslim News, August 13)
Then we have news of the Indian Government making two million Muslims of Bengali origin stateless in Assam claiming they are illegal immigrants (The Muslim News, September 27). They will be deported to Bangladesh (who say they are Indian nationals and so won’t allow them in) and placed in large concentration camps. The Hindu nationalist government is ensuring that Hindu Bengalis are neither deported nor placed in concentration camps. They will be allowed to live freely in the country.
This reminds one of the Rohingya Muslims who are refused citizenship in Myanmar because they are of Bengali origin even though they have been there for hundreds of years. They have been massacred, raped and their homes burnt down. They escaped to Bangladesh and are now living in refugee camps.
In Assam, between 2,000 to 10,000 Muslims were massacred in 1983. What we don’t know what will happen to the Muslims in Assam in future. Will they suffer the same fate as the Muslims in 1983? and like the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar?
Whilst the atrocities against Muslims is taking place, the world looks the other way. Our Government has even refused to condemn India. Only the Opposition Leader, Jeremy Corbyn condemned the clampdown in Kashmir.
What if it was the other way round and Pakistan committed atrocities against Hindus? The world and the UK would have condemned Pakistan and imposed sanctions.
The UK doesn’t care about human rights abuses against Muslims.
Yours,
Hasina Khan
London

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