Thursday, July 18, 2024

Indian American Muslim physique calls for defense of non secular freedom in India

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The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), an advocacy group targeted on preserving India’s various and tolerant heritage, has expressed approval of the US State Division’s 2023 Worldwide Spiritual Freedom (IRF) report. This report highlights ongoing challenges confronted by spiritual minorities, notably Muslims and Christians, in India.

The IRF report aligns with findings from the annual report of the US Fee on Worldwide Spiritual Freedom (USCIRF), which recommends designating India as a Nation of Specific Concern (CPC) as a consequence of ongoing violations of non secular freedoms for minorities. The IAMC emphasised the urgency of this suggestion in a press release launched on Wednesday (26).

“As soon as once more, it’s clear from the State Division’s personal reporting that India qualifies as a CPC,” mentioned Rasheed Ahmed, IAMC Government Director. “It’s now crucial for Secretary (Antony) Blinken to behave on these findings and designate India as a CPC, as USCIRF has constantly advocated,” he added.

The IAMC additionally urged the Indian authorities to take rapid steps to deal with these points and safeguard the rights of all residents, no matter their faith.

Presenting the report, Secretary of State Blinken famous: “In India, we see a regarding enhance in anti-conversion legal guidelines, hate speech, and demolitions of properties and locations of worship for members of minority religion communities.”

The report outlines numerous points confronted by spiritual minorities underneath Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration, together with anti-Muslim and anti-Christian violence, hate speech and disinformation concentrating on Muslims, cow vigilantism, dwelling and mosque demolitions, and discriminatory insurance policies such because the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and anti-conversion legal guidelines. It additionally particulars incidents of mob violence throughout Hindu festivals, and assaults on minority properties, retailers, and locations of worship.

The report additionally covers ongoing ethnic and spiritual violence in Manipur state, the promotion of anti-Muslim disinformation and propaganda films by the Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP), makes an attempt by Hindu teams to take over historic mosques, and hate speech occasions encouraging violence and discrimination in opposition to Muslims and Christians.

Particular circumstances of human rights abuses in opposition to Muslims are additionally highlighted, together with the mob lynching of two Muslim males, Mohammad Junaid and Mohammad Nasir, by cow vigilantes; the killing of six folks, together with an imam, in Haryana’s Nuh amid mob violence; the acquittal of 69 people charged with killing 11 Muslims in the course of the 2002 Gujarat riots; and the taking pictures of three Muslim practice passengers by a railway officer who allegedly warned Muslims to vote for Prime Minister Modi instantly after the incident.


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