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IAMC Condemns Hate Speech in Indian Elections

Global civil society condemns Indian PM Modi, BJP leaders for anti-Muslim hate speech during elections

Washington, D.C. (June 1, 2024) – On behalf of the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) and a coalition of 48 civil society organizations worldwide, we are writing to share a formal statement condemning the hate speech targeting the Muslim community by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top leaders of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during the parliamentary elections due to conclude June 4th.

The statement highlights the use of Islamophobic, inflammatory rhetoric by PM Modi, which has fueled a climate of anti-Muslim hate that jeopardizes the safety of millions, as well as the integrity of India’s democracy. Political use of dehumanizing speech is a precursor to violence, yet the Prime Minister has himself targeted citizens with derogatory labels and unfounded accusations. The undersigned organizations call upon the international community to hold PM Modi and his party accountable and urge them to cease spreading hate speech immediately.

For further information, please refer to the full statement. The IAMC and our global coalition remain committed to promoting plurality and condemning any form of hate speech and discrimination.

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