WASHINGTON: Democratic presidential nominee and former US vp Joe Biden needs India to revive the rights of individuals of occupied Kashmir and has expressed disappointment over current constitutional amendments that particularly goal Muslims.
In a coverage paper — “Agenda for Muslim American community” — posted not too long ago on his marketing campaign web site, Mr Biden clubbed Kashmir and Assam in India with the pressured detention of over 1,000,000 Uyghur Muslims in western China, and discrimination and atrocities towards Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority.
“In Kashmir, the Indian government should take all necessary steps to restore rights for all the people of Kashmir. Restrictions on dissent, such as preventing peaceful protests or shutting or slowing down the Internet, weaken democracy,” says the paper whereas outlining the insurance policies Mr Biden will pursue if elected president in November.
“Joe Biden has been disappointed by the measures that the government of India has taken with the implementation and aftermath of the National Register of Citizens in Assam and the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act into law. These measures are inconsistent with the country’s long tradition of secularism and with sustaining a multi-ethnic and multi-religious democracy,” the paper provides.
Democratic presidential nominee comes with a clearer stance on many points
Donald Trump additionally highlighted the Kashmir challenge in his 2016 presidential marketing campaign and in addition supplied to assist resolve the dispute in a gathering with Prime Minister Imran Khan in July 2019. Since then, he has twice reiterated his supply on the UN Normal Meeting and at a world discussion board in Davos, Switzerland.
However Mr Biden, who’s to this point not less than 10 factors forward of Mr Trump in most opinion polls, has taken a clearer stance on this and different Muslim points in his coverage paper.
“Joe also understands the pain Muslim-Americans feel towards what’s happening in Muslim-majority countries and countries with significant Muslim populations,” the paper states.
“The forced detention of over a million Uyghur Muslims in western China is unconscionable. As President, Joe will speak out against the internment camps in Xinjiang and hold the people and companies complicit in this appalling oppression accountable.”
Moreover, “systematic discrimination and atrocities against Burma’s Rohingya Muslim minority is abhorrent and undermines peace and stability”, the paper provides.
The paper declares that individuals of many religions throughout the Center East “are overdue for political and economic reform – as well as a return to principled American diplomacy – to help them find dignity, prosperity, and peace”.
Mr Biden, who was the vp throughout President Barack Obama’s two phrases on the White Home, additionally defended the earlier administration’s Center East technique, which led to the signing of the US-Iran nuclear settlement in July 2015.
However in Might 2018, the Trump administration formally withdrew from the settlement and has since been following a coverage that targets Iran whereas searching for a better alliance with Saudi Arabia and its allies.
Promising to reform this coverage, Mr Biden’s coverage paper says that the modifications would come with “ending Donald Trump’s ‘blank check’ for Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses at home and abroad and ending the war in Yemen”.
And to attain this goal, the Biden administration, if elected, would maintain “tough conversations about human rights with both friends and rivals”.
The paper additionally rejects the Trump administration’s choice to bar folks from some Muslim majority international locations from coming to america, significantly as refugees. The brand new administration would “welcome refugees fleeing conflict to our shores again”, it declares.
Addressing one other delicate challenge – the Israeli-Palestinian battle – the coverage paper says that “as President, Joe will actively engage Israelis and Palestinians alike to help them find ways to live together in peace, freedom, security, and prosperity and to champion a two-state solution”.
Printed in Daybreak, June 29th, 2020