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e-3981 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by Taha Ghayyur from Mississauga, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to Government of Canada

  • The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has catapulted its exclusionary Hindutva ideology into the mainstream, empowering Hindutva radicals to threaten, harass and attack religious minorities with impunity;
  • Hate speeches by BJP officials and calls for genocide by Hindutva leaders have led to widespread economic boycott, mob lynchings and other acts of violence and discrimination against Muslims, Christians, and other minorities;
  • The degradation of institutions meant to preserve democratic order and hold the government accountable, including the media, the judiciary, and the parliament, has led to communal hegemony, systemic discrimination and widespread persecution of minorities; and
  • Laws establishing citizenship based on faith, criminalization of religious conversions and inter-faith marriages, have been enacted to persecute religious minorities.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Acknowledge the Indian government’s discriminatory anti-minority laws, the rising threat of genocide against Muslims and persecution of Christians, Dalits and other minorities;
2. Include human rights experts in all trade and bilateral agreements with India to safeguard the freedom, justice, and human rights of persecuted minorities;
3. Invoke Magnetsky sanctions on Indian government officials responsible for, or complicit in, gross human rights violations against Muslims and other minorities in India; and
4. Develop a multilateral strategy for the Indian government to take immediate measures to protect its vulnerable minorities and repeal discriminatory laws and other acts targeting Muslim, Christian and Dalit minorities.
Open for signature
May 17, 2022, at 3:41 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 16, 2022, at 3:41 p.m. (EDT)
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Edmonton Griesbach
New Democratic Party Caucus
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