Modi, an Indian leader who opposes human rights.

This July 14, Macron made Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, his own “guest of honor”. The choice in question, at least, as many commentators have pointed out, begins with Amnesty International, which confirms that “minorities (religious, ethnic and gender) continue to experience violent persecution in this country, with impunity”That “criminalization of the right to demonstrate, harassment, illegal surveillance, detention of human rights defenders, dissidents, students and journalists” have class “to muzzle disapproving voices”. And to add to that: “In India, many national and international human rights associations, including Amnesty International India, were victims of arbitrary judicial harassment, intimidation and closure. After many attacks since 2016 (spot check, bank account freeze, prosecution) our India part had to close its doors in September 2020. Many human rights defenders, journalists, Lawyers, political opponents, peaceful protesters, academics and students face arbitrary arrest and detention, groundless prosecution, illegal digital surveillance and other forms of violations of their rights, including freedom of expression and assembly ». And also remember that “Since Prime Minister Modi’s last visit to France, Kashmiri human rights defender Khurram Parvez, who has been detained since November 2021, is facing new charges as part of a campaign of defamation and harassment of his former colleague; in April 2023, his detention was declared arbitrary by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. » India continues to fall in all international human rights rankings. For example, it ranks 160 out of 180 countries in the 2023 world ranking of press freedom. Modi, the “guest of disgrace”!

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