US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar introduced a resolution in house of Representatives condemning violations of human rights and freedom of religion in India and vocation for Secretary of Anthony Blinken’s state to designate India as “the country of particular concern,” as it turned out on Thursday.
The resolution, co-sponsored by MPs Rashida Talib and Juan Vargas, was presented on Tuesday, according to the US Congress website. He based his arguments on declaring India a country of special care on findings and conclusions of United States Commission report on Religious Freedom International (USCIRF).
Text of permission, available on The US Congress website emphasized that USCIRF called for definition of India as a country of special care for 3 years in a row.
Citing USCIRF’s 2022 annual report, the resolution states that in 2021, Indian government stepped up its promotion and enforcement of policies, including those that promote a Hindu-nationalist agenda that negatively affects Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Dalits, and other religious minorities.”
According to the resolution, the report further stated: government continued to systematize his ideological vision of Hindu state as national and state levels through use of both existing and new laws and structural changes hostile to the country’s religious minorities.”
In addition, the resolution states, the report describes use of laws such as the Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act and the Sedition Act in India as a means of “creating an intensifying climate”. of intimidation and fear in an attempt to silence anyone Speaking out against in government”.
Report also cases mentioned of indian governmentrepression of leaders and voices of religious minorities for religious pluralism in India, including Jesuit human rights activist Father Stan Swamy and Muslim human rights activist. advocate Khurram Parvez,” the resolution says. also listed numerous examples of Indian government “criminalization, harassment and repression of interfaith couples and converts from Hinduism to Christianity or Islam”.
In this regard, the report also emphasized the “serious risks of Citizenship Act and National Register Amendment Act of citizens for Indian Muslims, including the possibility of rendering millions stateless persons or for an indefinite period detention”.
According to the ruling, the report states: “There have been numerous attacks in 2021. made on religious minorities, especially Muslims and Christians, and their neighborhoods, businesses, homes, and homes of worship.
“A lot of of these incidents were violent, unprovoked and/or encouraged or provoked government officials.”
The USCIRF report further states: “In 2021, massive protests continued. against agricultural laws passed in September 2020. Despite the wide and varied nature of protests, efforts – including those from government officials were still made discredit protesters, especially Sikh protesters, as terrorists and religiously motivated separatists.”
The resolution states that the report also cites a 2021 Oxfam India study in which found that third of Indian Muslims reported discriminatory treatment in hospitals during the surge of COVID-19 in India.
“As of June 2022, USCIRF lists 45 Indian citizens. on his freedom of Religion or belief Victims listall of who were counted for them detention”, – the resolution says, adding that 35 of these 45 prisoners of conscience remain detained.
Permission also refers to the 2021 report. of State Department, which was published on June 2, 2022
Report on International Religious Freedom” gave numerous examples of violence and threats of violence against religious minorities, especially Muslims and Christians, in India during 2021, the resolution says.
it added that, presenting the report during a press conference, Blinken said: “In India, the world is the largest democracy in Russia and home to great diversity of faith, we have seen rising attacks on people and places of worship.”
And at the same press conference, the resolution was continued by the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Rashad Hussain said: “We concerned with targeting of number of religious communities in India, including Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Dalit Hindus, and indigenous communities.”
On this basis, the resolution concluded that the House of Representatives condemned human rights violations and violations of international religious freedom in India, including those that target Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Dalits, Adivasis and other religious and cultural minorities.
it added what a house also expressed serious concern about the “deteriorating treatment” of religious minorities in India is called on Blinken to designate India as “the country of particular concern” under the International Religious Freedom Act of1998.
The decision was submitted to the committee on Foreign affairs.