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OIC denounces violence against Indian Muslims amid coronavirus epidemic

JEDDAH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) while condemning the increase in violence against Muslims in India urged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop the ongoing Islamophobia campaign maligning Muslims for spread of coronavirus.
According to a statement issued on Sunday, the OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) condemned the depressing propaganda against Muslims in India.
The international body called upon the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led to take notice of and “take urgent measures to stop the growing tide of Islamophobia in India”.
It further said the Indian authorities should “protect the rights of its ill-treated Muslim minority as per its obligations” under international human rights laws.
IPHRC in a tweet said Indian media is negatively profiling the Muslims in media and subjecting them to discrimination and violence with impunity.

It said that Indian government must take urgent steps to stop the growing tide of Islamophobia in India and protect the rights of its persecuted Muslim minority as per its obligations under international Human Rights law

According to reports, the outbreak of COVID-19 in India had triggered a series of attacks against Muslims across the country, with the health ministry of Modi’s Hindu nationalist government claiming that Muslims were spreading the coronavirus.
The reports stated, “Young Muslim men who were passing out food to the poor were assaulted with cricket bats. … Other Muslims have been beaten up, nearly lynched, run out of their neighborhoods or attacked in mosques, branded as COVID-19 spreaders.”
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