On Monday, a US Congressional Sub-Committee has said that it will hold a hearing on the human rights situation with main focus on Kashmir issue in South Asia on October 22.
Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asia, Alice Wells oversees all the policy of State Department towards South Asia will swear at the hearing, said the House Subcommittee’s Chairman and Congressman Brad Sherman.
Mr. Sherman said in a statement that “the hearing will focus on the Kashmir Valley, where many political activists have been arrested and daily life, the internet, and telephone communications have been interrupted.”
The panel will further review the humanitarian situation in Kashmir and whether the residents of the state have adequate supplies of medicine, food, and other essentials, said the US Congressman.
Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Human Rights, Democracy, and Labor, Scott Busby also oversees human rights efforts in South Asia will also testify.
“We have invited other State Department officials and we also expect to hear from private human rights activists on the issues,” added Mr. Sherman.
He continued, “In August, I had an opportunity to meet Americans from Kashmir Valley in the San Fernando Valley, along with my colleague Congressman Andre Carson (D-IN). We heard stories of difficulties encountered by my constituents and others, and the fears they have for their loved ones. Since then I have had several additional meetings with Kashmiri Americans.”
“I look forward to learning more about human rights in Kashmir,” Mr. Sherman said, adding that it will also focus on the human rights situation in Pakistan, the Tamils of Sri Lanka, including the Sindh Province and Muslims in Assam.