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CAIR: U.S. Indian, Muslim Groups to Call for Sanctions on India Over New Anti-Muslim Citizenship Law, Human Rights Abuses

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/3/20) – On Monday, January 6, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join a coalition of Indian and Muslim American civil society organizations for a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to call for U.S. sanctions on India in response to that country adopting the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) – a law that discriminates against India’s religious minorities and could categorize India’s 200 million Muslims as illegal aliens.

In December, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recommended the United States should consider sanctions “against the [Indian] Home Minister and other principal leadership” if the CAA was adopted into law.


At the press conference, speakers will also address Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and his party’s government in Uttar Pradesh overseeing a campaign of police-led violence targeting hundreds of thousands of anti-CAA protestors.

WHAT: American Indian and Muslim New Conference Calling for Sanctions on India

WHEN: Monday, January 6, 9 a.m.

WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045

WHO: Organizational representatives will speak on behalf of the following civil society organizations:

  • Indian American Muslim Council
  • International Society for Peace and Justice
  • Islamic Circle of North America
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • Council on Minority Rights in India
  • Emgage USA
  • Justice For All
  • Baltimore County Muslim Council


On December 10, the government of India passed the CAA, which legalized the granting of citizenship based on religion and specifically excluded Muslims from obtaining citizenship. India also is planning to implement a pan-India citizen verification process known as the National Register of Citizens (NRC). The combination of CAA and NRC would give the Indian Government legal grounds to declare Indian Muslims as non-citizens.

Since enactment of CCA, more than 20 Indian Muslim have been killed by police firing into crowds of unarmed anti-CAA protestors.

In Uttar Pradesh, state police under the administration of Modi’s extremist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party have violently attacked students at the prestigious Aligarh Muslim University.

The Indian government has also banned protests and cut internet in parts of the nation’s capital Delhi and throughout the states of Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,



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