NEW DELHI: In a first, the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has called for an end to what it has described as a "humanitarian crisis" and lift all restrictions and release detainees in Kashmir.\n\n\n\nExpression of concern\n\n\n\n\u201cThis amendment, which was accepted unanimously by the bipartisan committee, is a strong expression of concern by the Senate about the situation in Kashmir and sends the signal that we are closely monitoring the human rights situation there, and would like to see the Government of India take those concerns seriously,\u201d Mr. Van Hollen told\u00a0 The Hindu\u00a0newspaper on Saturday. \n\n\n\nDenied Permission\u00a0 \n\n\n\nChris Van Hollen, a Democrat who represents Maryland,\u00a0is one of almost 50 Congress members who have expressed concern and wanted to assess the situation \u2018first-hand\u2019 after the revocation of Article 370 of the Indian constitution but was refused permission.\n\n\n\nAlso ReadJ&K: 9YOs among 144 detained illegally since Aug 5\n\n\n\nHollen is the first US Congressman to have been denied the permission by the PM Modi-led BJP government. \n\n\n\n\u201cI wanted to visit Kashmir to see first-hand what was happening, but was not allowed by the Indian government. We had approached the government about a week ago, but were told it was not the right time to go there\u201d, The Indian Express quoted Hollen as saying. \n\n\n\nWhy Worry If Nothing To Hide\n\n\n\n\u201cIf the Indian government has nothing to hide, they should not worry about people visiting Kashmir and witnessing the situation with their own eyes,\u201d Hollen told the Washington Post. \n\n\n\nHe added,\u201cI think this is a moment where transparency is important.\u201d\u00a0\n\n\n\nAlso ReadKashmir families allege brutality by Indian forces\n\n\n\nLetter To Trump\n\n\n\nIn a letter addressed to Trump, Senators Hollen, Todd Young, Ben Cardin and Lindsay Graham said, \u201cWith each passing day, the situation for the people of Kashmir becomes increasingly difficult.\u201d\n\n\n\n\u201cTherefore, we ask that you call upon Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi to fully restore telecommunications and internet services, lift the lockdown and curfew, and release Kashmiris detained pursuant to India\u2019s revocation of Article 370,\u201d stated the letter, a copy of which was released to the press.\n\n\n\nNo Response From MEA\n\n\n\nThere has been no response from the Ministry of External Affairs in connection with Hollen's claims of his inability to visit Kashmir.