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Countries in Vibrant Gujarat summit should stage a boycott as minority rights "not respected" in state

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Gujarat-based civil rights organization, Minority Coordination Committee (MCC), declaring its opposition to the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, has said that though India is a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Declaration of the Rights of Persons Related to Minorities, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Gujarat government is “violating these agreements”.
Claiming that the state government has “no right to invite international guests for the summit”, MCC said, it has been trying to talk to the state government for the rights of the minority communities in Gujarat for the last two years, yet state’s chief minister has “no time to meet”, yet, it has time to do “gimmicks like summit.”
MCC, it said, will therefore be appealing to the embassies of all the countries that have decided to participate in the Vibrant Gujarat summit, starting next week, asking them to appeal to the state government obey the international treaties and rights to the minorities. These countries should boycott the summit, in case the state government refuses to do it, it added.
MCC said, it has put forward an eight-point list demands for the development and protection of minorities, which the state government has no time to look into.
These include setting up of a minority welfare ministry and minority commission, opening government schools up to class 12 in minority areas, recognition of madarsa school certificates on par with the Gujarat Board, special economic package for the upliftment of minority communities, and a policy to rehabilitate those displaced because of communal violence.

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