Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Coalition Against Genocide calls for the continuation of Visa an on Modi



July 1, 2008
The Honorable Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C St. NW
Washington, DC 20520
Dear Secretary Rice,
It has come to our attention that the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Narendra Modi is once again planning to apply for a visa to enter the United States. We urge the State Department not to allow Mr. Modi to enter the country under any conditions, as the circumstances under which he was denied a visa in 2005 remain largely unchanged, and the minority communities in his state continue to face systematic human rights violations.
The United States should not unwittingly be the platform from which these unrepentant and yet ascendant forces in India exploit the opportunity to rally the support base among Indian Diaspora communities and raise international legitimacy and standing. It would be dangerous at this juncture of Indian political process to give Mr. Modi that long denied and therefore much coveted window.
Not only was Mr. Modi responsible for the deaths of over 2,000 Muslims and the displacement of 200,000 more, but six years after the Gujarat-state sponsored violence, the Muslim community in Gujarat is subjected to a devastating economic and social boycott, institutionalized at every level. Most have received little, if no compensation for the deaths of loved ones and loss of property; thousands are still displaced, without homes, work, or access to decent schools for their children. At the level of the courts too, Muslims in Gujarat have received little justice, barring a few exceptions; and the few that have managed to push their cases forward have met with threats, physical harm and harassment.
As recently as April 2008, Mr. Modi enacted the anti-conversion law in Gujarat that effectively bars religious conversions, thereby crippling the provisions of religious freedom in the state.
In a recent expose by the investigative magazine Tehelka, the Gujarat state prosecutor appointed by Mr. Modi was captured on video confessing to protecting the perpetrators of the 2002 violence. Further, one of the accused involved in the killings, confessed to Mr. Modi having transferred several court judges as to protect him from any convictions.
Noting the prejudice extending at every level of the state apparatus, the Supreme Court ordered cases related to the 2002 massacres to be moved out of Gujarat.
Mr. Modi has not only expressed no remorse for the 2002 violence; but he has continued to justify them, as he has a spate of extra judicial killings (fake "encounter killings") by his police. And, the state continues to persecute civil society groups who have been trying to speak up for the victims under very difficult circumstances.
Attached please find the reports of human rights organizations and related references on Gujarat.

Coalition Against Genocide

    Bureau of Democracy
    Human Rights and Labor
    Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
    India Desk
    Democracy and Global Affairs
The Coalition Against Genocide includes a diverse spectrum of organizations associated with Indian Americans that have come together in response to the Gujarat Genocide to demand justice and accountability. This letter has been endorsed by the following constituent organizations of the Coalition Against Genocide:

   1. Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia (ASDSA)
   2. Association of Indian Muslims of America (AIM)
   3. Campaign to Stop Funding Hate (CSFH)
   4. Coalition for a Secular and Democratic India (CSDI)
   5. Dalit Freedom Network (DFN)
   6. Dharma Megha Inc.
   7. Friends of South Asia (FOSA)
   8. Gujarati Muslim Association of America (GMAA)
   9. Hindu Vaishnava Center for Enlightenment
  10. India Development Society
  11. India Foundation Inc.
  12. Indian Buddhist Association
  13. Indian Muslim Council-USA (IMC-USA)
  14. Indian Muslim Educational Foundation of North America (IMEFNA)
  15. Indian Muslim Relief & Charities (IMRC)
  16. International Service Society
  17. International South Asia Forum-NY (INSAF-NY)
  18. Muslim Vohra Association
  19. Muslim Youth Awareness Alliance (MYAA)
  20. Non-Resident Indians for Secular and Harmonious India (NRI-SAHI)
  21. Seva International
  22. Sikh American Heritage Organization (SAHO)
  23. South Asian Progressive Action Collective (SAPAC)
  24. Supporters of Human Rights in India (SHRI)
  25. Vedanta Society of East Lansing

Dr. Hyder Khan
Phone/Fax: 443-927-9039   


Five years on - the bitter and uphill struggle for justice in Gujarat
Amnesty International Report, published on March 2007, 19 pages.
India: A pattern of unlawful killings by the Gujarat police
Amnesty International Briefing, published on May 24, 2007, 15 pages.
India: Gujarat Chief Minister Endorses Unlawful Killings
Human Rights Watch, December 7, 2007
Gujarat state fails to protect women from violence
Amnesty International Report, published on 27 January 2005
DISCOURAGING DISSENT: Intimidation and Harassment of Witnesses, Human Rights Activists, and Lawyers Pursuing Accountability for the 2002 Communal Violence in Gujarat
Human Rights Watch Report, published September 2004, 30 pages.
Devil's Advocate
(Transcript of Gujarat Advocate General Arvind Pandya confessing to protecting the perpetrators of 2002 Gujarat massacres, captured on a hidden camera by Tehelka Magazine in a recent expose)
VIDEO CONFESSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9KlevWeYrE
"After Killing Them, I Felt Like Maharana Pratap"
(Transcript of Babu Bajrangi's confessions caught on a hidden video camera by Tehelka Magazine in a recent expose)
VIDEO CONFESSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfnTl_Fwvbo


Anonymous said...

It is appalling that the US Govt has the audacity to deny visa to a democratically elected chief minister of India.

Anonymous said...

These Muslim thugs at CAG are not forming "coalition" against the people MUSLIM thugs killed in Godhra.
GENOCIDE? do these less educated people at CAG even know what it means. Hyder Khan should be banned in India. Terrorist thugs.

Anonymous said...

I dont understand what is wrong with Muslims. Maximum terrorist belong to this religion. Why they are not letting people live in Harmony and Piece.

Wondering what CAC has to say about the recent Mumbai Attack. Was that also done by Modi also. Such organizations are a disgrace. They get funded by oil thugs.