Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC â€“ http://www.iamc.com) an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding Indiaâ€™s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has welcomed the introduction of Congressional Resolution H.Res 569 by Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) â€œrecognizing the tenth anniversary of the tragic communal violence in Gujarat, India.â€
â€œCongressman Ellisonâ€™s resolution is an important effort to memorialize all those who were killed in the horrific sectarian violence of Gujarat in 2002,â€ said Mr. Shaheen Khateeb, President of IAMC. â€œIt is an opportunity to renew our pledge to continue the struggle for justice and reparation for the victims and to combat the discrimination and the economic hardships that plague minorities in Gujarat,â€ added Mr. Khateeb.
The resolution quotes the US State Departmentâ€™s International Religious Freedom Report of 2003 which found that the communal violence claimed the lives of an estimated 2,000 people and displaced over 100,000 into refugee camps.
The resolution cites Indian investigative magazine Tehelkaâ€™s exposÃ© wherein people who participated in the violence confessed on camera that such violence â€œwas possible only because of the connivance of the state police and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.â€ Mr. Modi was denied a visa to the US by the Department of State on the grounds of egregious religious freedom violations under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.
IAMC has called on all people of conscience to call upon their local Congressional representatives and urge them to become a co-sponsor of the House Resolution H.Res 569.
In observance of the 10th anniversary, the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) as part of the Coalition Against Genocide, organized candle light vigils across various cities in the US during the weekend of March 3rd â€“ 4th 2012.
Indian American Muslim Council is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with 10 chapters across the nation.
FULL TEXT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION H.RES 569