US NGOs call on Biden to sanction Indian officials: the Tribune India
Tribune press service
New Delhi, July 16
More than 30 American civil society organizations have issued a joint resolution urging the Biden administration to sanction India for religious persecution of non-Hindu Indians.
Released on the closing day of the International Summit on Religious Freedom in Washington and initiated by the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), the resolution urged the US State Department to designate India as a “country of particular concern.” and punish those responsible and others. promote religious discrimination and open persecution of non-Hindu religions in India.
It listed specific cases and historical evidence of government-sponsored harassment, oppression and intimidation against Christians, Jews, Muslims and others.
“Organizations have found it anachronistic that the United States defends civil rights and criticizes other countries for their violations, but not India,” said Rasheed Ahmed of the ADRIC. A US senator and two members of Congress were among those who raised concerns about religious discrimination and intolerance in India. “I remain gravely concerned about the Indian government’s commitment to protect the rights of minorities,” said US Senator Ed Markey (D-MA).