Geneva, A recent seminar held in Geneva has spotlighted the escalating issue of Islamophobia and the persecution of Indian Muslims under the current Indian government.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the “Combatting Islamophobia” seminar was hosted by the World Muslim Congress (WMC) and the Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR). The event featured a lineup of prominent human rights activists, international law experts, and academicians, including Dr. Haci Ali Acikgul from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, American human rights defender Marry Scully, Canadian journalist Robert Fantina, and Dr. Khurram Iqbal from the National Defense University Islamabad. Altaf Hussain Wani of the WMC moderated the discussions.

Speakers at the seminar expressed deep concern over the intensification of Islamophobic rhetoric and policies in India, particularly during recent elections. They noted that under the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) rule, discriminatory practices against Muslims have increased, contributing to heightened communal tensions and systematic marginalization. The seminar highlighted that such actions are part of a broader Hindu nationalist agenda pursued since the BJP came to power in 2014.

The session concluded with a unified call for global efforts to promote diversity and protect human rights, emphasizing the need to address and combat Islamophobia in all its manifestations.

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