UK Member of Parliament Debbie Abrahams has questioned whether she was deported from India because she has been critical of the Indian government on the situation in Kashmir.
On 17 February, the Labour Party MP tweeted, “Why did the Indian Government revoke my visa AFTER it was granted? Why didn't they let me get a 'visa on arrival'? Is it because I have been critical of the Indian Government on #Kashmir human rights issues?”
Abrahams, the Chair of UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kashmir, has been vociferous in her criticism of the abrogation of Article 370 and the lockdown that followed in the region.
Here’s a look at several of the comments she has made on Kashmir in the last few months, post the abrogation of Article 370.
Abrahams’ Criticism After Revocation of Article 370
When Abrahams Asked the British Media, ‘Where Are Your Reports on Kashmir?’
Abrahams has consistently sought to increase attention on Kashmir among the British media and the international community.
Petition Calling for Lifting of Curfew and Communication Blackout
Work as Chair of UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir
Abrahams is the Chair of UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kashmir, and in that capacity, has repeatedly foregrounded concerns about the goings-on in the region.
Sharing News From Kashmir
Discussing Post-370 J&K With Her Kashmiri Constituents
Who is Debbie Abrahams?
Debbie Abrahams has been a Labour MP from Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency in outer Greater Manchester since January 2011. Abrahams won by-elections in 2011 and was re-elected in 2015, 2017, and 2019.
She was a member of UK Parliament’s Work & Pensions Select Committee from June 2011 to March 2015, and was re-elected in July 2015.
She has been vocal in her criticism of the Indian government’s actions in Kashmir and has held meetings in her constituency to discuss the prevailing situation.