(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/27/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all Americans to urge the U.S. government to strongly condemn Indian Prime Minister Modi’s right-wing, Hindu nationalist government for failing to protect Indian Muslims and their houses of worship from mob violence being directed by Modi government supporters.
TAKE ACTION: URGE THE U.S. CONGRESS, WHITE HOUSE & STATE DEPARTMENT TO CONDEMN INDIA’S PERSECUTION OF MUSLIMS
So far, 38 people have been killed, hundreds more injured and four mosques burnt in the past 48 hours as Hindu nationalist attack peaceful protestors and Muslim neighborhoods in a violent attempt to silence opposition to the Modi government’s anti-Muslim Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which makes it easier for migrants of every religion except Islam to become Indian citizens.
Indian law enforcement authorities are also attacking anti-CAA protestors or standing by while mobs of right-wing Hindu nationalist Modi government supporters commit acts of violence.
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The international community, including the United States, must speak out against the growing sectarian attacks in India fueled by anti-Muslim legislation and hate rhetoric emanating from the highest levels of Indian society.
During his visit to India, Trump declined to criticize the discriminatory law.
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In 2002, when now Prime Minister Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat State, sectarian riots resulted in more than 1,000 deaths — most of them Muslims killed by Hindu mobs. At that time, Modi was accused of ordering the police to stand down as the attacks mounted. Until he became prime minister, Modi was banned from entering the United States.
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CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.