Senior Congressmen urge Trump to raise Sindh human rights abuses with Imran


NEW DELHI: A group of 10 senior US Congressmen have written to President Donald Trump to raise the issue of human rights abuses and forced disappearances in Pakistan’s Sindh province with visiting PM Imran Khan.

“We are writing to urge you to raise the issue of human rights abuses in Sindh Province with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan when you meet with him on July 22,” the Senators wrote.

Since 2001, the United States has given Pakistan more than $30 billion in various kinds of assistance. This aid was supposed to improve social and economic conditions in Pakistan. as well as promote good governance. “These improvements have not occurred,” the Senators alleged.

“Nowhere is that failure more evident than in Sindh Province, which has continued to suffer from numerous economic and social injustices, often at the hands of the Pakistani government. One recent example of this is the HIV outbreak impacting pans of Sindh Province. In one town, at least 681 peopLe tested positive for HIV in one month earlier this year. Of these, 537 were children, including a tragic case of a 16-month-old little girl. This epidemic was the result of reusing syringes and needles as well as unsafe blood transifisions. This isn’t the first time that reckless negligence has caused HIV outbreaks in Sindh Province— in one outbreak in 2016, 1,521 people were found to be HIV positive in another part of Sindh. This is simply unacceptable, especially when the United States has given Pakistan $283 million in health assistance since 2001.”

“Other injustices in Sindh Province are deliberately carried out by the Pakistani state and its supporters. This is the case with forced conversions, where young Hindu and Christian girls are kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam. Often, they are then married off to men decades their senior. According to an independent Pakistani watchdog group, there were around one- thousand cases of forced conversions in Sindh Province in 2018 alone. The actual number is certainly higher. Shockingly, there are no laws in Sindh banning forced conversions,” the Senators alleged.





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