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Canadian Party Calls For Boycott Of G20 Activities In India

Canadian Party Calls For Boycott Of G20 Activities In India

TORONTO, (IANS) – An opposition party in Canada has called on the government to boycott G20 activities in India over its alleged treatment of religious minorities and human rights record.

The boycott call came as India formally assumed the G20 Presidency on December 1 under the theme ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.’

New Democratic Party (NDP) MPs Heather McPherson and Blake Desjarlais in a statement called on the ruling Liberal government to engage in a diplomatic boycott of G20 activities in India.

Asserting that it is deeply concerned about ongoing reports of “violations of civil liberties and human rights in India”, the NDP statement read: “India’s BJP government bears responsibility for ensuring respect for human rights and civil liberties of all Indian citizens.

“However, it is clear the Indian government is not only ignoring this responsibility, but also defying it with impunity.”

Expressing its displeasure with the present government in India, NDP said: “Canada should reject any G-20 activities planned in Kashmir and refuse to attend while these human rights abuses continue.”

The party, which is headed by Sikh leader Jagmeet Singh, has called on the Canadian government to take a “stand for human rights and show solidarity with all people of India, who have a right to live freely and without persecution”.

Canada, meanwhile, has termed India a “critical partner” under its Indo-Pacific strategy that was released last week.

The relations between the two nations were put to test recently with India asking Canada to stop “Khalistan Referendums” by the proscribed terrorist group, Sikh for Justice, Canada on its part had said that though it did not support the referendum, it cannot act as it provides freedom of speech in the country.

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  • The man in the turban should clarify which religious minorities.
    Muslims: India gave them the best deal. Two countries where Sikhs are slaughtered.

    The Sikhs also chose Pakistan as a country to live in when asked which side they wanted to be on. To expect that India will go protect them in the country they chose is wrong. If Tara Singh had chosen to be with India, Lahore would have been a part of India and many more Sikhs would be alive.

    December 2, 2022
  • Good Call.
    India does not want troublemakers in India

    December 2, 2022
  • What are trying to accomplish by this anti-India rhetoric?

    December 2, 2022
  • Very strange baseless allegations. The religious minorities are ill-treated in India, which minority and where. In fact some of the State Governments are pampering minorities for votes at the cost of the majority community. I do not think there will be any taker for this person’s make-believe drama.

    December 4, 2022

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