India Under Intense Scrutiny From International Watchdogs Over Delhi Violence
“The brutal and unchecked violence growing across Delhi cannot continue,” said USCIRF Commissioner Anurima Bhargava. “The Indian government must take swift action to ensure the safety of all of its citizens. Instead, reports are mounting that the Delhi police have not intervened in violent attacks against Muslims, and the government is failing in its duty to protect its citizens. These incidents are even more concerning in the context of efforts within India to target and potentially disenfranchise Muslims across the country, in clear violation of international human rights standards,” she added.
USCIRF @CommrBhargava:“The brutal and unchecked violence growing across #Delhi cannot continue. The Indian government must take swift action to ensure the safety of all of its citizens... (1/3)#DelhiRiots2020https://t.co/yPFtGZKWpV— USCIRF (@USCIRF) February 26, 2020
USCIRF Chair Tony Perkins stated, “The ongoing violence we are witnessing in Delhi and the reported attacks against Muslims, their homes and shops, and their houses of worship are greatly disturbing. One of the essential duties of any responsible government is to provide protection and physical security for its citizens, regardless of faith. We urge the Indian government to take serious efforts to protect Muslims and others targeted by mob violence.” In its 2019 Annual Report, USCIRF classified India as a “Tier 2” country for engaging in or tolerating religious freedom violations that meet at least one of the elements of the “systematic, ongoing, egregious standard for designations as a “country of particular concern,” or CPC, under the International Religious Freedom Act. The USCIRF is slated to hold a special hearing on March 4 on the situation in India. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also expressed concern over the Delhi riots and loss of lives. “As he has done in similar circumstances, he calls for maximum restraint and for violence to be avoided,” Secretary-General Guterres’ spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said on Wednesday. The UN chief had earlier said that he was closely following the situation in Delhi. “I think it’s very important that demonstrators be allowed to demonstrate peacefully and that security forces show restraint. This is the SG’s constant position,” the UN Chief’s spokesperson had said. US House Foreign affairs Committee too expressed deep concern over the violence ensuing in Delhi.
USCIRF @CommrBhargava: "...These incidents are even more concerning in the context of efforts within #India to target and potentially disenfranchise Muslims across the country, in clear violation of international human rights standards.” (3/3)#DelhiRiots2020— USCIRF (@USCIRF) February 26, 2020
Chairman @RepEliotEngel: Deeply troubled by the deaths from the communal violence in India over the past couple of days.— House Foreign Affairs Committee (@HouseForeign) February 26, 2020
The right to protest is a key aspect in democracy, but they must remain peaceful and police must ensure the safety of all.https://t.co/SmVdg1HFD7