India: Religious Freedom

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 18th March 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of violence towards Muslims in India by Hindu Nationalists supported by the Delhi police.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State, The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The British High Commission in New Delhi and our network of Deputy High Commissions across India are closely monitoring the situation in Delhi and other regions. The death of one protester is one too many. India's strength, like that of the UK, is in its diversity and we trust the Indian Government will address the concerns of people of all religions.

The UK has long regarded protest as a key part of democratic society. Democratic governments must have the power to enforce law and order when a protest crosses the line into illegality; yet must in turn act with restraint and proportionality. Any allegation of human rights abuses is deeply concerning and must be investigated thoroughly, promptly, and transparently.

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