Kuwait urges OIC for “urgent measures” to “preserve rights” of Indian Muslims

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Exoressing “deep concerns” about the treatment of Muslims in India, Kuwait has appealed to the Organisation of International Cooperation (OIC) to intervene in India to tackle anti-Muslim sentiment in the country.

In a statement released on Monday, the General Secretariat of the Kuwait Council of Ministers called on the OIC to take “necessary and urgent measures” to “preserve the rights of Muslims there”.

Abdullah al-Shoreka, a minister in Kuwait’s Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, tweeted that it was time for Muslims to speak up against the persecution of their co-religionists.

“Did those who commit crimes against humanity against Muslims in India and violate their rights think that Muslims in the world will remain silent about these crimes and do not move politically, legally and economically against them?” he said.

The statement follows comments last month in which Kuwait raised concerns about the treatment of Muslims in the country during communal violence in Delhi that killed at least 50 people — mostly Muslims.

The government leaders blamed a mass gathering of Muslims last month in New Delhi for helping spread COVID-19, while members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have appeared in interviews describing the gathering as “corona terrorism”.

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