The European Parliament has adopted a motion urging the Indian government to stop the ongoing ethnic and religious violence in Manipur.
Manipur is a state in India. The motion also calls for the protection of religious minorities and criticizes the nationalistic rhetoric used by leading members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The European Parliament’s motion, submitted by six parliamentary groups, emphasizes the need for the Indian government to employ all necessary measures to promptly stop the violence and protect religious minorities. It also urges the government to initiate inclusive dialogue with civil society and affected communities to restore calm.
Furthermore, the motion calls for the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which is considered unlawful, and highlights the importance of including human rights in the EU-India partnership. It demands the strengthening of the EU-India Human Rights Dialogue to address concerns regarding freedom of expression, religion, and the shrinking space for civil society.
India has expressed its reservations about the EU’s involvement in the matter, stating that it is an internal issue. The Indian government has reportedly hired a Brussels-based lobbying firm, Alber & Geiger, to represent its interests in the European Parliament.
The ethnic conflict in Manipur has been ongoing since May 3rd, resulting in numerous casualties and displacements. The motion adopted by the European Parliament aims to draw attention to the situation and encourage the Indian government to take necessary actions to address the violence and protect the rights of religious minorities.