American Civil Society Calls for Sanctions Against Amit Shah, Yogi

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The groups also demanded that the US administration carry out an investigation into the brutal crackdown on the protesters. — File photo

Civil society groups in the United States taking note of the Police brutalities on CAA protesters in India, specially Uttar Pradesh, have urged the US govt to impose sanctions against Union home minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath

Caravan News

NEW DELHI– Civil society groups in the United States have urged the Donald Trump administration to impose sanctions against Union home minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath over the passage of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the brutal crackdown on anti-CAA protesters.

“Sanction India’s Home Minister Amit Shah and the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (UP) Yogi Adityanath, in light of their blatant violations of human rights, as per the recommendations of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. The commission previously stated that should the CAA pass, the US government “should consider sanctions against the home minister and other principal leadership,” the groups demanded.

Among the civil rights groups were the Indian American Muslim Council, the International Society for Peace and Justice, the Islamic Circle of North America’s Council for Social Justice, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Council on Minority Rights in India, Engage, and the Justice For All Baltimore County Muslim Council. They held a press conference in Washington to urge the Trump administration to take up the issues of the CAA and human rights violations vis-a-vis the protesters, with the Indian government.

Ever since Parliament passed the contentious citizenship law which discriminates between people on the basis of religion, the country had erupted into massive protest. These protesters have faced brutal crackdown in UP, Delhi and Karnataka – places where the police was controlled by BJP governments.

The groups demanded that the US administration carry out an investigation into the brutal crackdown on the protesters. They also urged the Indian government to abide by the International laws in relation to human rights.

The groups urged the US government to ask the Indian ambassador and foreign minister to hold a meeting with President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “to address the human rights violations taking place in India and remind them of their nation’s international obligations.”

They asked the US government to “formally request the Indian government to revoke the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), as it violated India’s international obligations, and to prevent deprivation of citizenship based on race, religion, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin as are found in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and other human rights treaties.”

The groups called on the Indian government to release all the imprisoned protesters, act against the police officers violating human rights and sack Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath “for his direct involvement in the police brutalities directed against the protesters.”

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