US Congressman Ilhan Umair passed a resolution in the US Congress condemning human rights abuses against India
US Congressman Ilhan Umair has introduced a resolution in the US Congress condemning the ongoing human rights violations by India. It has appealed to India to declare itself a country violating religious freedom. Ilhan said the Indian government should be held accountable for human rights violations against religious and cultural minorities. Ilhan’s proposal has the support of MPs Rashida Taleb and Juan Vargas.
US should declare India as country of special concern: Ilhan
The resolution states that in recent years, the Indian government has been promoting repressive policies against Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Dalits. It is time for the State Department to acknowledge the reality of India’s position and formally designate India as a Country of Special Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act.
India targeted Ilhan in April
Ilhan was criticized by the Indian government for visiting Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in April 2002. The official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Arindam Bagchi, said in April 2022 that such a leader who wants to do narrow-minded politics at home is his business but violating our territorial integrity and sovereignty is our issue and we feel that his visit is Pakistan.
Who is Ilhan Omar?
Ilhan is a representative of the US Congress from the Democratic Party. Born in Somalia, Ilhan fled the Somali Civil War and came to the United States as a refugee at the age of 13. In November 2016, she ran for the position and won the U.S. Became the first Somali-American legislator in Ilhan is the first woman in the US Congress to wear a hijab.
Ilhan has spoken on a range of issues over the years, including the brutal treatment of Uighur Muslims in China and the 2019 Easter bombings in Sri Lanka. Ilhan remains hostile to Israel’s role in Palestine. Ilhan was criticized by the then US President Donald Trump for his attitude towards Palestine.