A committee of the European Parliament has adopted a report which expressed concern over the “deteriorating human rights situation in India”.
The report adopted by the Foreign Affairs Committee has made several observations regarding the unsafe working environment for human rights defenders and journalists in India, the difficult situation faced by Indian women and minority groups and caste-based discrimination.
The report also voiced concerns over the Citizenship Amendment Act(CAA), which was termed “fundamentally discriminatory in nature against Muslims and dangerously divisive”.
It also expressed concern at the closure of the office of Amnesty International India, after its bank accounts were frozen over alleged violation of the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA). The text was approved by 61 votes in favour, 6 votes against, with 4 abstentions. This report of the Foreign Affairs Committee will now be submitted to a vote in the member European Parliament as a whole in plenary.
The text further notes that the EU is following closely the situation in Kashmir and reiterate its support for stability and de-escalation between Pakistan. MEPs called on the EU to renew its efforts for rapprochement and restoration of good neighbourly relations between India and Pakistan, based on principles of international law.
They also expressed concern at the deteriorating relationship between India and China, and the role of China’s expansive policy and substantial military build-up in the area. MEPs reiterate their support for peaceful dispute resolution, the need for constructive and comprehensive dialogue, and the upholding of international law on the India-China border.
The Committee also called for larger bilateral ties between EU and India, taking note of India’s rising regional and geopolitical influence.
The report will now be submitted to a vote in the European Parliament as a whole in plenary.