Updated: May 30, 2020
Dear Arlington friends and neighbors,
As a home to many people with connections across the world and as a community that wants to contribute to global conversations, Arlington cannot ignore issues that seriously affect human rights around the world.
We are concerned by the current situation in India, where increasingly nationalistic sentiments are straining the secular ideals of Indian democracy. The Arlington Human Rights Commission stands in solidarity with human rights organizations and other US towns and cities demanding justice for those being discriminated against, harmed, and wrongfully treated in India. We ask the Indian Government to withdraw the aspects of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that discriminate against Muslims from specific countries when acquiring citizenship. Further, we urge that those arrested for peacefully protesting the CAA be released immediately. We ask that the secular and democratic values that are enshrined in the Indian constitution be followed in letter and spirit.
During this time of great crisis facing all of humanity, it is imperative that the security, rights, and privileges of those most marginalized be protected. We call for an end to authoritarian and nationalistic ideologies that result in discrimination and repression. We also endorse equal status for all individuals regardless of ethnic background or religion. These are the ideals we strive for in Arlington and the United States, and look for in all nations.
What can we do? Be informed of the issues, described by the following human rights organizations:
Be aware of other towns in the US passing resolutions about this issue:
Take action by signing the petition to New Delhi police to release students and activists arrested for protesting the CAA.
Arlington values equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to building a community where everyone is heard, respected, and protected.
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