OIC rights commission condemns brutalities, targeted violence in India
JEDDAH: While strongly condemning atrocities and targeted violence in India, the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has urged the Indian government to fulfil its international human rights obligations by ensuring the safety and security of the Muslim minority throughout India.
The commission also asked the Indian government to protect rights of Muslim minority in India to practice their religion, free from any coercion or discrimination and bringing perpetrators of the heinous hate crimes to justice without impunity.
It strongly condemned and expressed grave concerns over increasing incidents of systematic violence, mob attacks, public lynching and dehumanising political tirade against Muslims throughout India, especially the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOAK).
It also appealed to Muslim community and international and local human rights champion and organisations within India to exhaust all available domestic remedies including domestic courts for redressal of grievances and repeal of discriminatory laws and sensitise media for creating awareness.
It also urged the international community to engage with Indian authorities to ensure accountability of those involved in violence, hate speech, incitement to hatred and populist propaganda against Muslims in accordance with the international human rights law.
The commission lamented that the gruesome footage of ghoulish stomping by a journalist over the body of a Muslim villager in Assam, who was killed by the police at a point-blank range, has shook the world for its sheer insensitivity, depravity and impunity.
Ironically, the Muslim villagers were peacefully protesting the forced eviction from their lands that the government longs to give to Hindus.
It also strongly condemned the rising wave of Islamophobia, hate speech and hate crimes motivated by the Hindu supremacist ‘Hindutva’ ideology with tacit complicity of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) led Indian government.
In Assam, Muslims are subjected to highly discriminatory ‘citizen verification’ drive in which nearly two million people, mainly Muslims, have been disenfranchised in the same manner as the mass disenfranchisement of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
Similar measures are also being contemplated in the neighbouring states of Bihar and Bengal.
The introduction of laws against “love jihad”, anti-conversion law in India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh, misuse of regulations against slaughter of cows and open calls for boycott of Muslim businesses are stoking religious divide, dehumanising Muslims and encouraging vigilantism by the Hindu extremist groups are telltale signs of an impending genocide, the commission added.
It appreciated the unequivocal condemnation and outrage expressed by the OIC, international human rights community, and even various progressive voices within India over the hate-mongering and violence carried out against Muslims which violate the right of minorities ‘to enjoy their own culture, and to profess and practice their own religion’ as provided in Article 27 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Human Rights Committee).
It reiterated that nowadays, xenophobia and hate crimes have become an epidemic, which seriously threatens the coexistence among local communities and undermines the values of multiculturalism in modern societies.
The ultra-right wing political parties and extreme nationalists are using hate speech to demonise and promote discrimination against minorities for narrow political gains, which often leads to violence against targeted groups, while seriously undermining the socio-cultural foundations of their respective societies, it added.
It concluded that such a majoritarian rhetoric and discriminatory measures in India against Muslims are contrary to the ideals of pluralism, counterproductive to societal cohesion and clear manifestations of Islamophobia.
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