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CAIR-SFBA to Join Indian-Americans Marking India’s Republic Day with ‘Day of Action’ Against Attacks on Human Rights, Religious Freedom

(SANTA CLARA, CA – 1/23/2020) - On Sunday, January 26, the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) will join protests with a coalition of diaspora organizations and American civil rights groups to call on the US State Department to censure India for its attacks on human rights and religious freedom.

WHAT: Rally to call for US sanctions against India for its attacks on religious minorities

WHEN: Sunday, January 26, 2020 11:00am

WHERE: Indian Consulate, 540 Arguello Blvd., San Francisco

WHY:

·       To protest and condemn the rising fascism and police brutality in India.

·       To petition and demand the repeal of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in India.

·       To demand a withdrawal of the National Registry of Citizenship (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR) in India.

·       To safeguard India’s Constitution and civil liberties.

Thousands of Indian Americans along with American civil rights activists will mark January 26, India’s Republic Day, as a “Day of Action†with protests in 30 cities across the US. The protests, organized under the banner “Coalition to Stop Genocide,†come in the wake of the Indian government’s relentless undermining of India’s pluralist and secular Constitution. The protests are intended to call on Congress as well as the Trump administration to censure India for passing the discriminatory “Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA),†and its continuing attacks on religious minorities and the caste oppressed. The human rights crisis in India has reached a boiling point with Genocide Watch issuing a formal genocide alert for India on January 7, 2020, in the wake of the passage of the CAA.

The CAA applies a religion based criteria to grant citizenship to immigrants. In combination with the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR), the CAA lays the legal foundation to potentially denaturalize millions of people who have been Indians for generations. Detention centers being built across India are explicit proof of the government’s intent, given its ideology of Hindu nationalism and its abysmal track record on human rights and religious freedom.

The participating organizations and individuals in this international campaign seek to urge the US State Department to heed the recommendation of the US Commission for International Religious Freedom and impose sanctions on India’s Home Minister Amit Shah. The rallies are intended to also urge the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to include India in the list of 10 countries guilty of severe religious freedom violations

CAIR-SFBA is an office of CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

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CONTACT: Coalition to Stop Genocide, media@stopgenocideinindia.com, 669.248.2450. CAIR-SFBA Communications Coordinator Zoha Raza, 408.986.9874, zraza@cair.com

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