28 February 2020
MCB calls on Foreign Secretary to condemn violence against Muslims in India
Today, the Muslim Council of Britain has written to the Foreign Secretary urging him to take a strong stance in condemning the appalling levels of violence in Delhi, the incitement of hatred against Muslims by Prime Minister Modi’s BJP, and the inaction, both by the Government and the security forces to tackle the riots.
This week, Delhi has seen the worst riots for decades which has killed at least 42 people and left more than 300 people seriously injured. With Muslims being killed and mosques burnt down by Hindutva mobs, British Indians, and particularly British Indian Muslims, will be looking for strong condemnation from the UK Government.
Commenting, Harun Khan, Secretary General of the MCB said:
“Prime Minister Modi’s BJP has brought in legislation that discriminates against Muslims and seeks to strip them of their Indian nationality and propagated Islamophobic, far-right rhetoric which has led to a tragic situation in India with Muslims being subject to brutal levels of sectarian violence and discrimination.
“The UK is home to 200,000 Indian Muslims. The current situation is hugely concerning for many British Indians who are worried about the erosion of human rights of their families and loved ones across India.
“We call on the Foreign Secretary to condemn the violence and convene an urgent meeting with UK groups representing the diversity of British Indians to prevent the spreading of ultra-nationalist beliefs and sectarian division within our communities in Britain.”