According to the South Asian Minorities Report 2020, India has become a “dangerous and violent place for Muslim minorities” since the BJP-led government amended its citizenship law. This report is released annually and assesses the freedom of expression and personal freedom of the minority citizens living in South Asia. These reports cover Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The report says that civil rights are under threat globally, but changes in India in a few years will sound alarm bells. 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 place Muslims within the ambit of the law. After the law was passed, the government also signaled the introduction of the NRC, which would expel many Muslims from the country.
The report says that since the BJP came to power in 2014, there have been attacks on religious minorities, which have clearly affected the rights and expression of Muslims and Muslim organizations in India. The report says the situation has worsened since the BJP came to power in May 2019 with a “strong majority”. The Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act has been amended to regulate foreign donations to Indian institutions.
The report also found that Muslim actors, human rights lawyers, activists, activists, academics, journalists and intellectuals speaking out against the government in India have been “quickly attacked”. The report says human rights activists face sanctions, violence, criminal defamation, detention and harassment.
The report highlights alleged human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir last year. When the Center revoked the special status of the state under Article 370 of the Constitution. The report, in a scathing remark, said that the case of Kashmir showed how space for citizens could be completely eliminated within the formal democratic framework.
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