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Conversions: Minister Modi and Freedom Threats

conversions: Following the victory of India's right-wing BJP Prime Minister Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party in May 2014 Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and Jains generally are fearful of what the future portends, warns a recent report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, according to Toronto Star. Threats, hate crimes, social boycotts, desecrations of places of worship, assaults, and forced conversions led by radical Hindu nationalist movements have escalated dramatically. In an open letter to Trudeau ahead of his trip, Amnesty International listed several pressing human rights concerns that needed to be raised the continuing absence of justice for the 3,000 victims of the 1984 Sikh massacre; the criminalization of same-sex relationships, and the failure to criminalize marital rape; the use of indiscriminately firing pellet guns that have killed, injured, or blinded hundreds in Kashmir; the threatened expulsion of 40,000 Rohingya refugees fleeing genocide back to Burma; and the severe persecution of minorities. Read more Opinion How Justin Trudeau can recover from his stumbles in India Article Continued Below Opinion Tim Harper On the India fiasco, Trudeau is looking for blame in all the wrong places Opinion Why was Trudeau snubbed on his visit to India Since the election of the BJP, scores of Muslims have been beaten, hanged, burned, or hacked to death by mobs, while Modi most infamous for presiding over the coordinated slaughter of 2,000 Muslims in Gujarat in 2002, when he was the state's Chief Minister has barely uttered a word of condemnation. react-empty 162 More than 40,000 crimes against Dalits formerly untouchables rapes, home-burnings, murders were reported in 2016, according to the government's own statistics; anti-Dalit violence has skyrocketed over the last four years. Adivasi communities resisting the pillage of their lands and resources have been subjected to rape and extrajudicial killing by security forces. Thousands of Adivasis indigenous people have been violently displaced by mining companies in the building of India's vaunted economy, in some cases with the support of Canadian investors. ( As reported in the news.