Subject: We request the Canadian government to impose economic sanctions against India due to the government-supported Muslim genocide
Dear Honorable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,
On the night of February 23, 2020, leader Kapil Mishra, under directions of the right-wing Hindu extremist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), committed genocide by a series of riots and violent incidents in the Jaffrabad area of North East Delhi. At least 42 people have been killed and more than 200 people have been injured. These atrocities were carried out under police protection.
On August 5, 2019, the Indian government revoked the special status given to Kashmir under article 370 of the Indian Constitution. This move by Modi’s government is against UN Resolution 47: The United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP). The UN Security Council passed Resolution 47 on April 21, 1948, as an effort to bring peace in the region following the war, giving the people of Kashmir the right of self-determination. On August 5, 2019, Kashmir became one of the most militarized regions in the world. In November 2019, reports of over 300 girls have been kidnapped and sent to army installations. Over 3000 people, aged 15-35 years, have been captured and moved throughout India. Further, 182 youth have been killed in Indian jails due to the crackdown in Jammu and Kashmir. The area has been subjected to over 200 days of media blackout and curfew. This move has played well with Modi and the BJP’s voter base, the majority of which identify as Hindu nationalists. The military lockdown and communication blackout imposed by the Indian government last month, has crippled life in the Muslim-majority Kashmir region. India has instituted the use of pellet guns as a “non-lethal” measure to control protestors in region: however, over 6000 people have been injured, including 782 suffering severe eye injuries.
The rise of a powerful brand of Hindu nationalism has raised concerns of fascist elements within India’s leading political party, the BJP. In 2002, Modi has been accused of inciting violence against the Muslim population of Gujrat. His inaction as the Chief Minister of the State earned him condemnation from the west. His far-right Hindu nationalist views can be traced back to his days in the training camps of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a right-wing Hindu nationalist paramilitary volunteer organization, that is widely regarded as the parent organization of the BJP.
On August 31, 2019 under the National Register of Citizens (NRC), nearly 2 million Muslims in the state Assam were denied citizenship – coinciding with the Indian government’s efforts in constructing detention camps. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which was enacted into law on December 12, 2019, denies citizenship to all Muslims in India, rendering them stateless.
Modi’s India is increasingly being seen as rigid, anti-Muslim, and Hindu Nationalist state. During the partition of India in 1947, an estimated 20,000-100,000 Muslims were massacred in Jammu at the hands of RSS to make a homogenous and politically unified India. The same political agenda is respected by the current Indian government and the Kashmiri population is at risk once again. International condemnation and action against these acts are critical in preventing the next genocide of Indian Minorities.
List of necessary actions needed to prevent the genocide in Kashmir and India:
1. Declaration of RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) as a terrorist and extremist organization.
2. Declaration of BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) as a sympathizer of extremism.
3. Declaration of Narendra Modi, leader of the BJP, as a Hindu extremist.
4. Imposition of economic sanctions against India.
5. Request for Immediate withdrawal of Indian forces from Kashmir, and restoration UN Resolution 47.
6. Negotiation of safety measures to prevent the imprisonment of 2 million Muslims in the state of Assam.
7. Granting of Immediate access to international media to enter Kashmir.
8. Declaration of CAA as being a fundamental discriminatory act of law that undermines basic human rights.
9. Hold all imports and exports to India until the government orders police to do their job properly and protect minorities.
Canadian Muslim Research Think Tank, Think for Actions