What is happening to human rights in the world’s so-called largest democracy?’: German footballer Mesut Ozil on rights violations against Indian Muslims

International football champion Mesut Ozil on Thursday, condemned the alleged human rights violations being perpetrated against the Muslim community in the world’s largest democracy, calling it “shameful”.

The outspoken German professional footballer took to Twitter and wrote, “Praying during the holy night of Lailat al-Qadr for the safety and well-being of our Muslim brothers and sisters in India. Let’s spread awareness to this shameful situation! What is happening to the human rights in the so-called largest democracy in the world?” #BreakTheSilence”

Ozil, who played as a midfielder at Real Madrid, is now the captain of Turkish Super Lig club Fenerbahce.

“Let’s keep praying for peace in the world – not just in Ukraine, but also in Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and all other places in the world where people are suffering from war #StopWAR #JummaMubarak #M1Ö,” the Turkish-origin footballer had tweeted earlier this month, urging his followers to pray for world peace.

In December 2019, he had posted a poem on social media condemning China’s alleged persecution of Uighurs Muslims, a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority. Following this, the footballer was removed from Konami’s eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2020 computer game held in China.


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