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Justice For All Calls Upon Congressional Leaders to Rescind the Invitation to Narendra Modi to Address a Joint Session of the US Congress

Justice For All condemns the invitation extended to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to address a joint session of Congress.

We would like to remind the Congressional leaders who have extended this invitation that Modi is commonly referred to as the Butcher of Gujarat. Additionally, we would like to remind the leaders that the United States had previously imposed a ban on Modi visiting the United States due to the violence that occurred under his leadership. A recent documentary by the British Broadcasting Corporation highlighted the British investigation into the 2002 pogroms against Muslims, which concluded that Modi was responsible for the carnage. It was found that he allowed Hindu mobs a free hand in attacking Muslims in Gujarat.

Modi and his followers adopt tactics reminiscent of the Nazi playbook in their efforts to transform India into a Hindu majoritarian nation. Numerous reports by organizations such as V-Dem, Freedom House, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Early Warning project, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, the US State Department, as well as human rights agencies such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Justice For All, have documented the erosion of democratic values, repression of reporters and human rights defenders, and ongoing marginalization and attacks against Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Dalits in India.

Expressing excessive praise for a murderer and facilitator of mass killings does not befit the United States, and diminishes our standing as the global leader in human and religious rights.

We urge the leaders to withdraw this invitation to Modi. The Butcher of Gujarat will perceive it as an endorsement of his repressive and fascist policies, and the United States must not be complicit in any way.

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