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Dear Asian American Hotel Owners Association,

We, the undersigned on this petition, request that the
Asian American Hotel Owners Association rescind Mr.
Narendra Modi's visit to the US for the upoming AAHOA
convention on March 24-27 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

We deeply regret the invitation to Mr. Modi because of
his complicity in the communal violence in 2002 that
left 2,000 dead and displaced more than 98,000, many
of them women and children. These facts have been
established by several independent inquiries,
including reports published by Human Rights Watch,
accessible at:
http://hrw.org/press/2002/04/gujarat.htm]

In an independent report published in Outlook India,
the authors concluded: "the (Gujarat) government has
systematically tried to cover up, minimize, and even
justify, the extent of violence, while protecting the
guilty and those guilty of dereliction of duty. This
is why the events of February-March 2002 can only be
called a state-sponsored pogrom." (Please see:
http://www.outlookindia.com/specialfeaturem.asp?fodname=20020411&fname=chenoy&sid=1)

Three years after the violence, Mr. Modi has failed to
seek justice for his own citizens, prompting India's
Chief Justice VN Khare to declare: "I have no faith
left in the prosecution and the Gujarat Government."
(Please see: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3102864.stm)

Given his established role in the pogrom, Mr. Modi's
visit to the US may raise legal issues as well, as
it is in blatant violation of Section 604 of the US
International Religious Freedom Act, which makes any
foreign official who has engaged in "particularly
severe violations of religious freedom" inadmissible
to the United States. (Please see:http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/laws/majorlaw/intlrel.htm)

AAHOA's decision to invite Mr. Modi will further the
polarization of communities by endorsing Mr. Modi's
politics of divisiveness and violence.

We request that AAHOA to stand firm on the cherished
principles of secularism and pluralism by withdrawing
their invitation to Mr. Modi.

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