PARLIAMENTARIANS“Why has the Biden Administration been so reluctant to criticize Modi’s government on human rights?…We seem to be willing to let Modi be our new Pinochet” US Representative Ilhan Omar, Democratic Party
“We know that during the Prime Minister’s visit he was photographed leaning out of a digger in a JCB factory, and just days before BJP used JCB diggers to bulldoze Muslim shops and homes.” Nadia Whittome, youngest UK Labour Party MP
“Were monitoring some recent concerning developments in India, including a rise in human rights abuses by some government, police, and prison officials.” US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken
“While Kashmir may not be in the nightly news, what’s happening there deserves world’s attention and it’s still a prime example of how PM Narendra Modi is taking India in the wrong direction in terms of human rights and democracy.” US Representative Andy Levin at Congressional Briefing on Kashmir
“I am deeply concerned about images, videos, and targeted threats of violence against the Muslim community in India.” Jagmeet Singh, Leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party
I ask @BorisJohnson when the alarm bells of genocide, the daily lynching of Muslims, calls for rape of Muslim women & the systematic nature Islamophobia in India is being normalised, as someone who claims to be a champion of human rights, will you raise these issues with PM Modi?) Naz Shah, UK Labour Party MP
INTERNATIONAL MEDIA“‘Hatred, bigotry and untruth’: communal violence grips India Country appears more divided than ever along Hindu-Muslim lines – and for many, Modi’s BJP is to blame” The Guardian
“First Mobs Attacked Their Homes. Then the Government Bulldozed Them.” “The people who are supposed to protect us are hurting us.” Vice
“Kashmir Journalists Face Forbidding Pattern: Arrest, Bail, Rearrest.The practice, employed against at least three journalists in the restive region, is being used to limit free speech and chill news reporting, activists say. New York Times
“The US states of Colorado and Michigan recently declared 14 April as Dr BR Ambedkar Equity Day. Days before that, Canada’s British Columbia province also declared April as Dalit History Month.” BBC
“India: Muslims see wave of attacks, hate speech on Hindu festival Right-wing Hindu groups hold processions in Muslim neighbourhoods and make hate speeches during Ram Navmi celebrations in several states.” Al Jazeera
“Muslim homes razed as clashes mar Hindu festival in India” TRT World
“His house was demolished because he is Muslim, he says” CNN
Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand Boxer
Ya Allah protect my brothers & sisters over in India. https://t.co/ABwSFiJCnu— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) April 12, 2022
Mesut Ozil, German Footballer
Praying during the holy night of Lailat al-Qadr for the safety and well-being of our Muslim brothers and sisters in India🤲🏼🇮🇳🕌Let’s spread awareness to this shameful situation! What is happening to the human rights in the so-called largest democracy in the world?#BreakTheSilence pic.twitter.com/pkS7o1cHV5— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) April 27, 2022
“What will it take for western governments to speak out on this issue. How many more Indian Muslims or Christians need to die” Mehdi Hasan, Journalist, broadcaster & host of The Mehdi Hasan Show on MSNBC
Martina Navratilova, Tennis legend
Certainly this is not acceptable, right Modi? https://t.co/fy8gIjqx2w— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) April 17, 2022
Pieter Friedrich, American Author and Activist
Imagine 100s & 1000s of young white men from a neo-Nazi group, drugged & armed & blasting heavy metal music, parading through Black neighborhoods. Violence erupts. Police move in & bulldoze Black homes.— Pieter Friedrich (“The Gadfly”) (@FriedrichPieter) April 16, 2022
That’s what’s happening in India right now with Hindu nationalist outfits.
WATCHDOG BODIESUS State Department Country Report on Human Rights Practices in India highlights human rights violations.
PEN America: India figures in world’s top 10 countries which imprison writers
American Bar Association writes directly to Supreme Court of India on pattern of re-arresting Kashmiri journalists Fahad Shah and Sajad Gul under new charges, after lower courts grant bail in other cases
US Rights Groups ask USCIRF to withstand Hindu Nationalist Pressure to dilute recommendations on India in 2022 report
US Religious Freedom Body (USCIRF) recommends India be added to list of Countries of Particular Concern (CPC) third year in a row. CPC is a list of the world’s worst persecutors of religious minorities.
The Regulatory Regime Debilitating India’s Nonprofit Sector. Corporate laws in India synced with global trends for “ease of doing business. Changes in non-profit laws harming “ease of doing good”. International Centre for Not-for-Profit law
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPSAmnesty International India calls imprisonment of Dalit legislative assembly member Jignesh Mevani a motivated act to silence opposition leaders ahead of Gujarat elections.
Preventing its India Board Chair Aakar Patel from leaving the country is part of “wider crackdown and repression of civil society in India” says Amnesty International.
INTERNATIONAL ACADEMICSAustralian academic Ian Woolford says that there is a “highly paranoid attitude to India focused scholarship being conducted outside India”. Along with Dr Woolford, 12 other fellows of Australian India Institute resign. Cite impingement of academic freedom by Indian High Commission.
“India’s image as a functioning democracy is being questioned.” Thomas Blom Hansen, Standford University Anthropologist on why India censors academics critical of Hindutva.
“Hate mails is like regular phenomena for me.” Chinnaiah Jangam, Carleton University (Ottawa) Professor of History confronts relentless online & offline threats for his Dalit identity and critique of Hindutva.
UNITED NATIONS BODIESDiaspora and Human Rights Groups give evidence to UN on Indian Government’s dismal human rights for Universal Periodic Review 2022
UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders tells Indian Government it is seriously concerned about intimidation of Dalit journalist and human rights defender Meena Kotwal
DIASPORA GROUPS“Dear Mr. @EamonGilmore ,we all studied holocaust history & are aware of how the nazis used propaganda to deceive the world. Minister Mukhtar Naqvi is chosen by BJP to do exactly the same: by claiming India is “heaven for minorities” while Muslim genocide is unfolding in reality.” US-based Save India From Fascism group comments on India’s Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s meeting with EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Eamon Gilmore.
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Expose the ge0cidal strategy of the Hindu Nationalists.— أمينة Amina (@AminaaKausar) April 21, 2022
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Today would have been the 85th birthday of Father Stan Swamy, who passed away last July while incarcerated under the UAPA for his advocacy on behalf of India’s marginalized communities. Today and every day, we honor his memory and carry his fight forward.https://t.co/QIVSzZtxr8— Hindus for Human Rights -UK (@Hindus4HRUK) April 26, 2022