The plight of the Indian farmers.

The plight of the Indian farmers.

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G Singh started this petition to UK Government

The Indian Farmers have been protesting peacefully for more than 3 months on the outskirts of Delhi. They are protesting against farm laws being imposed on them, which will open the farming sector to larger market forces and giant corporations, this is being done without proper prior consultation with them, as the main stakeholders.

They want these laws repealed and for the Government to start afresh taking into account the concerns of the farmers.

The farmers are imploring that the whole premise on which these Laws have been based on is detrimental to their future livelihoods. As a result of this, the farmers (Kisans) have been peacefully protesting in a bid to convince the Indian Government. The government, having failed to convince the farmers that the reforms to the laws are not sinister, are now resorting to pressure tactics, which infringe on human rights in order to end the protest.

This includes, and is not limited to, calling farmers “anti-nationalists”, using police brutality, and ultra far-right wing elements to create and instigate violence amongst the peaceful protests in a bid to create fear and division.

The Indian government has now cut water supplies and electricity to these protests sites, therefore these peaceful farmers, many of which are elderly men and women who are exercising their right to protest , are being denied BASIC human rights. 

Roads leading to and from the protest sites have been dug up with metal spikes placed in concrete. Food supplies and Ambulances have been prevented from reaching the protest sites, leaving many of the farmers and farming families bereaved of loved ones. 

Those who are peacefully protesting are continuing to emphasise that they oppose violent tactics and wish only to discuss with Indian Ministers the importance of removing these reforms on farming laws, which will ultimately leave small and independent farmers with little money and profits to support their families.

In addition to this, reporters in India who are supporting and reporting fairly on the protest are being reprimanded and in some cases arrested. With one notable journalist being recently arrested for investigating the governments role in inciting violence in the protest sites. 

As a member of the diaspora who appreciates the right to protest and exercise free speech in the United Kingdom, I implore, that the UK Government and UK news outlets stay silent no more. Pressure must be applied on the Indian Government in order to ensure the voices of the Indian farmers are heard and their human rights are infringed upon no more. 

Thank you.

 

 

 

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