Ask State Dept. to Block Entry of Gujarat Massacre Figure
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/23/05) - CAIR today called on the Bush administration
to block the entry of an Indian official accused of complicity in the
massacre of more than 1,000 Muslim civilians.
Narendra Modi, chief minister of India's state of Gujarat, is the "chief
guest" of the Asian American Hotel Owner Association (AAHOA) at its annual
convention next month in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
CAIR is seeking to block Modi's entry based on a section (Sec. 604) of the
International Religious Freedom Act that makes any foreign official who has
engaged in "particularly severe violations of religious freedom"
inadmissible to the United States.
Following anti-Muslim riots in 2002, senior officials in Gujarat told human
rights activists that they had been directed by Modi to allow the massacres
to run their course. Modi allegedly called the riots "anticipated Hindu
reaction" and "a natural outpouring." (Christian Science Monitor, 7/23/04,
9/15/03) India's National Human Rights Commission reported a "comprehensive
failure of the State to protect the Constitutional rights of the people of
FOR BACKGROUND ON THE 2002 GUJARAT MASSACRES, GO To:
The Washington Post said, "Human rights investigators found that the
anti-Muslim violence had been encouraged and in some cases assisted by
(Modi's) government." (Washington Post, 4/19/04) A citizens panel, which
included retired Indian Supreme Court judges, said the anti-Muslim rioters
had acted "with the deliberate connivance and support" of the Gujarat state
government. (Washington Post, 12/16/02)
Modi is also a key proponent of the militant and exclusivist Hindutva
(Hindu-ness) philosophy "that aims to unite Hindus, and consolidate their
votes, largely around fear of Muslims." (New York Times, 12/12/02)
Those opposed to Modi's entry into the United States have formed a group,
the Coalition Against Genocide (CAG), to press for action by the AAHOA and
by U.S. government officials.
SEE: http://www.imc-usa.org/ and http://www.coalitionagainstgenocide.org/
"Our nation should not reward a man accused of complicity in the massacre
of civilians by granting him a visa or a place of honor at a convention,"
said CAIR Board Member Parvez Ahmed. CAIR outlined its concerns in a letter
to Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom John Hanford.
ACTIONS REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)
1. Contact Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to ask that Narendra Modi be
ruled inadmissible to the United States based on Section 604 of the
International Religious Freedom Act, which bars entry to any foreign
official who has engaged in "particularly severe violations of religious
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Department of State
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Washington, DC 20520
Web Site: www.state.gov Phone: (202) 647-4000 Fax: (202) 647-2283
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