In a joint letter, the three Nobel Prize Laureates demanded Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Rescind its award to Indian Prime Minister
Three Nobel Prize Laureates, Mairead Maguire, Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Kamran, and Shirin Ebadi, have demanded Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to rescind its award to Narendra Modi.
In a joint letter, the three Nobel Prize winners protested against the Gate Foundation’s decision to give an award to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this month.
Last month, Narendra Modi received the United Arab Emirate’s highest civilian honor amidst the ongoing Kashmir Issue while he was being heavily criticized over stripping occupied Kashmir of its autonomy.
So, India is ethnically cleansing Muslims in Kashmir and Assam, but the Gates Foundation is giving the Butcher of Gujarat an award for building toilets.
— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) September 7, 2019
Now reportedly, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is due to give Modi Global Gatekeeper award for his sanitation and toilet access project across India.
Mairead Maguire (Nobel Peace Laureate, 1976), Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Karman (Nobel Peace Laureate, 2011) and Shirin Ebadi (Nobel Peace Laureate, 2003) expressed serious concerns in their joint letter.
It was addressed that India has violated basic human rights in Occupied Kashmir and killing innocent Kashmiris under the rule of Narendra Modi who also played a major role in the horrific massacre of Gujarat.
Here’s what it says:
We have long been an admirer of the excellent work that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation does worldwide and the way you models philanthropy that effectively supports bettering lives in a sustainable manner.
We are also admirers of the late Mahatma Gandhi and the nation he sought to build – one of respect, tolerance, and equality. Indeed, Gandhi’s ethos is reflected in your organization, as the first message on your website is “All lives have equal value”.
Why is the @GatesFoundation choosing this moment to honor Indian PM Modi (for fighting open defecation), as Muslims in India face a clampdown in Kashmir, loss of citizenship in Assam, and unremedied violence across the country. https://t.co/Dvgnm5ab14
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) September 7, 2019
They said that they were deeply disturbed to discover that Indian PM will receive the award from Gates Foundation.
Thus, we were deeply disturbed to discover that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be giving an award to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this month. Under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, India has descended into dangerous and deadly chaos that has consistently undermined human rights, democracy. This is particularly troubling to us as the stated mission of your foundation is to preserve life and fight inequity.
Bizarre decision by @gatesfoundation to give Modi an award when he has ordered such violent represssion now underway in Kashmir – as if to say that Muslim lives aren’t ones they have any interest in…. https://t.co/4DhEkZTdsp
— Stephanie Nolen (@snolen) September 8, 2019
The letter noted that under the rule of Prime Minister Modi, the attacks on minorities have increased.
Consider, for example, the attacks on minorities, specifically Indian Muslims, Christians, and Dalits. Since the BJP, Prime Minister Modi’s party, came to power in 2014, the use of organized mobs to respond to alleged sectarian “offenses” with violence has undermined the rule of law so frequently that the Indian Supreme Court warned that these “horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be permitted to inundate the law of the land,” according to Human Rights Watch.
They also addressed the terrible state of affairs in Assam and Indian-administered Kashmir and stated that the organization “Genocide Watch” has issued two alerts for India in these regions.
The situation in the state of Assam and Indian-administered Kashmir are cause for grave concern as well. The organization “Genocide Watch” has issued not one, but two alerts for India in these regions. In Assam, 1.9 million Indians have been stripped of citizenship; in Kashmir, since August, 800,000 Indian armed forces have kept eight million Kashmiris without phone or internet service for the last month.
The letter said that because of human rights abuse, even children in Kashmir are unable to go to their respective educational institutions.
Because of these human rights abuses, children in Kashmir from Kindergarten to college are unable to attend school. As one of your organization’s goals is to “ensure that young people survive and thrive,” please consider this statistic: In 2016 (the year the most recent data has been available), schools in Kashmir were open for only four months out of the year.
— fatima bhutto (@fbhutto) September 14, 2019
It also highlighted that in 2002 Gujrat massacre scholars inside and outside of India have never cleared Modi of his involvement in the horrific massacre. It added that Modi was banned from entering the US, UK, and Canada for 10 years until he acquired diplomatic immunity by becoming the Prime Minister of India.
Finally, scholars inside and outside of India have never cleared Prime Minister Modi of his involvement in the horrific 2002 massacre of Gujarat. As a result, Modi was banned from entering the United States, the UK, and Canada for 10 years until he acquired diplomatic immunity by becoming India’s Prime Minister. To be sure, his role in that crisis as the then Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat cannot be ignored.
In view of these facts – and the overall vision and goals of your Foundation – we respectfully ask that you rescinding your award to Prime Minister Modi. Doing so will send a clear and powerful message that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation takes its aim of equity, justice, and human rights for all seriously – and that it is committed to promoting these values in a consistent fashion.
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