Virtual Discussion on Islamophobia and Genocide Focuses on India, China, Burma

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2017 crackdown by Myanmar’s military that forced some 740,000 Rohingya over the border into Bangladesh with accounts of rape, mass killings and razing of villages. — File photo

3rd Ministerial Conference to Advance Freedom of Religion or Belief brings together affected people and experts from various places

Clarion India

WASHINGTON — Justice for All (JFA) recently held a virtual panel discussion on “Islamophobia leads to Genocide: A case of Burma, China, India and Kashmir”. Hosted by the Government of Poland, the event was part of the 3rd Ministerial Conference to Advance Freedom of Religion or Belief. The Ministerials involve religious leaders from around the world, and are an initiative of the US State Department.

JFA a human rights and advocacy organization

Held on November 18, each of Justice For All’s projects was touched on, and there were affected people and experts on the issue of Islamophobia, including Dr. Ermin Sinanovich of Shenandoah University; Tahir Imin, a Uyghur researcher; Sharifah Shakirah, a Rohingya activist; Dr. Abdul Jabbar from Kashmir; Adem Carroll, UN liaison for JFA; and Dr. Rushda Siddiqi from India.

Zahir Adil, lead of Justice For All’s Save India From Fascism project, said, “We are often told of the stages that the genocide process involves, but it is very alarming that India has been undergoing persecution at all these genocidal stages in different areas of the country.”

Hena Zuberi, Projects Director for JFA, said “Islamophobia is a force of evil that has caused devastation across the world. Through our work on the Rohingya and Uyghur genocide, we see similar warning signs in India. This side event at the Ministerial on Religious Freedom tied the threads from what occurred in Bosnia to what is happening in Burma, China, India and Kashmir.”

David Saperstein, former Ambassador of Religious Freedom, was one of the many attendees.

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