We, the undersigned, are writing to urge you to place India in Tier 1 of your list of “Countries of Particular Concern” in your report for 2019.
For years USCIRF has placed India in Tier 2. However, since 2014 when the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party led Mr. Narendra Modi came to power, the violations of human rights and religious freedom of India’s religious minorities, especially of Muslims, has worsened at a shockingly alarming pace.
In recent months, since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi won re-election in May 2019, the government’s policies have resulted in Muslims facing an existential crisis.
Experts agree that India’s existence as a secular democracy is now severely at risk.