US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated the United States was monitoring what he described as an increase in human rights abuses in India by some officers, in a uncommon direct rebuke by Washington.
“We regularly engage with our Indian partners on these shared values (of human rights) and to that end, we are monitoring some recent concerning developments in India including a rise in human rights abuses by some government, police and prison officials,” Mr Blinken stated on Monday in a joint press briefing with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.
Mr Blinken didn’t elaborate. Mr Singh and Mr Jaishankar, who spoke after Blinken on the briefing, didn’t touch upon the human rights concern.
Mr Blinken’s remarks got here days after US Representative Ilhan Omar questioned the alleged reluctance of the US authorities to criticize Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities on human rights.
“What does Modi need to do to India’s Muslim population before we will stop considering them a partner in peace?” Ms Omar, who belongs to President Joe Biden’s Democratic Party, stated final week.