Commission and Rights Activists Hold Modi Government Responsible for Growing Intolerance

ICC Note: Last Tuesday, a Congressional Human Rights Commission and other rights activists held the Modi government responsible for growing religious intolerance in India.

The Commission held a hearing regarding the deterioration of human rights, especially religious freedom, in India and heard testimony specifically on Christian persecution from ICC.

As the hearing took place, Prime Minister Modi was visiting with President Obama and preparing to give a statement to a joint session of Congress the following day. Will the Congress follow through with its findings and make human rights and religious freedom an important part of US-India relations?

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India(The Indian Express) – Around the time Prime Minister Narendra Modi finished his meeting with US President Barack Obama at the Oval Office Tuesday, a short distance away, at 1334 Longworth House Office Building, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission held a hearing, in which at least three US Congressmen and a group of human rights activists criticized the Modi government for the current situation of human rights in India.

The hearing, which began 3 pm Tuesday and lasted about an hour-and-a-half, saw the Congressmen speak about “intimidation, discrimination, harassment and violence” experienced by Muslims and Christians in India.

US Congressman Trent Franks, a Republican who has visited India, flagged the riots in Uttar Pradesh, violence in Odisha and the 2002 Gujarat riots and said that because of the “current climate of impunity in India, many victims may never get justice.”Congressman Joseph R Pitts, who is co-chairman of the commission, also said the economic growth in India “overlooks an array of troubling human rights concerns”.

Talking about the plight of religious minorities, he said there is an “alarming trend” of instances of violence against religious minorities and the numbers have gone up.

Activists from Amnesty international, Human Rights Watch and some other activists also took part in the hearing, where they held the Modi government responsible for the current situation.…

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