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Biden Must Urge Modi to Repeal Repressive Laws

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to New Delhi July 27 and 28 for meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar. The trip comes at a critical time for the India-U.S. relationship. India, the world’s most populous democracy, is expected to be invited to President Joe Biden’s long-promised Summit for Democracy and has long been seen as a critical U.S. ally in the region. But the Indian government’s increasing abuse of legal and political tools to suppress dissent, criminalize free expression, and persecute religious minorities has led to widespread human rights violations that undermine the government’s credibility.

While in New Delhi, Blinken should press Modi to repeal and amend laws that jeopardize human rights and to reform the overbroad legal frameworks that authorities have used to target activists, opposition leaders, and human rights defenders.

India is historically viewed by the U.S. government as a key ally and strategic security partner of the U.S. and a regional example of the rule of law. These perceptions,........

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