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December 22, 2020

Trone Statement on Indian Farmer Protests


Trone Statement on Indian Farmer Protests

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Congressman David Trone (MD-06) released the following statement:

“The partnership between the United States and India has grown exponentially over the course of the past several years based on our shared interest in a variety of areas: from security and trade to climate change and human rights. Our relationship with India not only helps anchor U.S. policy in the Indo-Pacific, but it serves to set an example for cooperation that extends far beyond our two countries. As President-elect Biden takes office in January, I look forward to working with the new Administration to strengthen this partnership based on the democratic values President-elect Biden has espoused throughout his career.

“India’s citizens, like those of the U.S., have a longstanding tradition of engaging in a civic debate that aims to hold the government accountable to its people. We are reminded of this as thousands of Indians have taken to the streets in recent weeks to peacefully protest implementation of new laws. Their demonstration is an exercise of the democratic process, one that grants civic rights and freedom of expression.

“I am greatly concerned by reports of violence used against protesters as they convened in New Delhi, and I am saddened to hear that some have died due in part to harsh weather conditions as they maintain their presence despite the elements. I call on India’s government to demonstrate its commitment to democratic norms by guaranteeing protesters’ safety and by treating them with respect. Democracy demands this much. I further welcome the government’s engagement with the protestors, including recent offers of dialogue and a proposal from India’s Supreme Court to set up mediation.

“As we continue to watch the democratic process unfold in India, where stakeholders from all sides are included, I’m hopeful to see a path forward that respects the rights of all Indians.”