Jagtar Singh Johal

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 9th February 2021.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, for what reason the Government has not called for Jagtar Singh Johal's release and repatriation to the UK.

Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the lawfulness of Jagtar Singh Johal's arrest and continued detention in India.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether Jagtar Singh Johal has been subjected to torture during his detention in India.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We are aware that some restrictions on internet connectivity have been imposed at protest sites and call for these to be lifted as soon as possible. The right to gather lawfully and demonstrate a point of view is common to all democracies. Governments also have the power to enforce law and order if a protest crosses the line into illegality. During his visit to India, the Foreign Secretary discussed the protests with his Indian counterpart, whilst making clear that the handling of protests is an internal matter for the Indian authorities.

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