REP LIEU JOINS MEMBER LETTER EXPRESSING CONCERN OVER SITUATION IN JAMMU AND KASHMIR
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) joined Reps. Omar, Grijalva, Levin, McGovern, Lowenthal and Beyer in urging U.S. officials in India and Pakistan to leverage U.S. relationships with Indian and Pakistani governments to deescaate the crisis in Kashmir.
In the letter, the Members urge the U.S. officials to:
- Facilitate connections between Kashmiri-Americans and their family members in Jammu and Kashmir.
- Insist that the Indian government immediately restore communications in Jammu and Kashmir and allow press to access the region.
- Strongly urge Indian authorities to release the people they have arbitrarily detained.
- Provide assistance with documentation on allegations of human rights abuses in both Indian- and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir and urge the Indian and Pakistani governments to allow independent, impartial investigations.
- Deescalate the tensions between India and Pakistan
- Emphasize the centrality of Kashmiri voices in determining the future of Jammu and Kashmir.