Australian Senator blasts Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over human rights abuse

Greens Senator Larissa Waters raised the issue of human rights abuse in India in her speech in the parliament last week.

The Senator pointed out recent actions by Indian authorities against some of the members of civil society.

“Indian authorities have arrested dozens in a nationwide crackdown, with arrests based on scant evidence. Those who have been detained include a youth activist who raised awareness of police violence against Muslims, an academic who opposes the government’s dangerous anti-Muslim citizenship law, and a co-founder of a women’s collective.” Ms Waters said.

Ms Waters said, “Authorities continue to impose harsh and discriminatory measures in Kashmir just over a year after the Indian government drastically eroded Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.

“To quell dissent and to keep away news from the outside world, it continues to maintain stifling restraints, with widespread detention and drastic limits to the internet, to name a few abuses.”

Originally published in https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/audio/australian-senator-blasts-indian-prime-minister-narendra-modi-over-human-rights-abuse?fbclid=IwAR09VH8jWOifDmr45Yv0FQ_Fmmx-aZRDuIdp_0vYtz91GcezlwvahglQBT8

Text of the full speech is available here https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansards%2Fe3f361cf-5cfc-4871-b336-c604170c9216%2F0269%22

This follows a week after another Greens Senator David Shoebridge moved a motion in the New South Wales parliament against India’s Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 on 27 September 2020 that called for review of Australia’s trade links with India. Click on the link to listen: https://youtu.be/t0pAsypNpxM

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