Ilhan Omar calls on Biden to speak out against discrimination against Muslims in India

India is said to systematically discriminate against Muslims.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — United States (US) Congressman Ilhan Omar urged the President Joe Biden on US support for India in view of its promise during the presidential campaign, Wednesday (4/6). Muslim Omar asked Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman about US support for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.

Modi is said to be a person who does not accept criticism of his government. “How much does the Modi government need to criminalize the act of being Muslims in India for us to act? What does it take for us to criticize the Modi government’s actions against its Muslim minority?” Omar said.

Sherman agrees that government should champion every religion, every ethnicity, every race, every quality of diversity in this world. “I hope we train not only for the enemy but also for our allies,” Omar replied quickly.

“Of course,” Sherman said, noting that the US had raised its concerns about India’s human rights record directly with Indian officials.

reported Agency AnadoluOn Thursday (4/7), Indian Muslims were denied the right to practice their faith under Modi’s government and his right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), according to international rights groups.

Human Rights Watch reported in 2021 that the BJP had infiltrated independent institutions such as the police and courts and empowered nationalist groups to threaten, harass, and attack religious minorities with impunity. Modi and the BJP have passed laws and policies that systematically discriminate against Muslims.

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