According to the South Asia State Report on Minorities Report 2020, since the BJP-led government in India amended the Citizenship Act, India has become “a dangerous and violent place for Muslim minorities.” The report, released annually, assesses the freedom of expression and individual liberty of minority citizens living in South Asia. The reports cover Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
At a time when civil rights are being threatened around the world, change in India in a few years is sounding alarm bells, the report said. Which has happened at an unusual pace. “India has become a dangerous and violent place for Muslims,” the report said. The CAA law passed in December 2019 does not include Muslims in the scope of the law. With the passage of the law, the government also signaled the introduction of the NRC, which would expel many Muslims from the country.
The report said that since the BJP came to power in 2014, there have been attacks on religious minorities, which has had a clear impact on the rights and expression of Muslims and Muslim organizations in India. The situation has worsened since the BJP returned to power in May 2019 with a “strong majority”, the report said. The Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act, which regulates foreign donations to Indian institutions, has been amended.
The report also found that “quick attacks” have been carried out on Muslim actors, human rights lawyers, activists, protesters, academics, journalists and intellectuals who speak out against the government in India. The report states that human rights activists are facing sanctions, violence, criminal defamation, detention and harassment.
The report sheds light on alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir last year. While the Center revoked the special status of the state under Article 0 370 of the Constitution. The report, in a scathing remark, said that the case of Kashmir illustrates how the space for citizens in a formal democratic structure can be completely abolished.
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