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India now a ‘dangerous and violent space for Muslims’, report says

A new report highlighting India’s shrinking space for dissent from civil society actors has said that the country has become a “dangerous and violent space for Muslim minorities”.

The annual South Asia State of Minorities Report 2020, that tracks the state of civil liberties in the region, also criticised the federal government’s intention to create a national register of Indian citizens that it said had the “potential to render Muslims stateless.”

India has seen widespread protests against the Indian government’s controversial 2019 citizenship law which opened an avenue for illegal immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh to get Indian citizenship, but excluded Muslims.

“India’s civil society actors – its human rights lawyers, activists, protesters, academics, journalists, liberal intelligentsia – in fact, all those who have spoken up against government excesses and majoritarianism, have increasingly been under attack,” the report said.

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