Open letter to Apple regarding human rights in India
As Apple, Inc prepares to expand its global presence in India, Open Doors CEO, David Curry penned an open letter to Tim Cook, Apple CEO, asking the company to use its voice to help curve the existing trend in India to surpress human rights and religious freedom.
"In the last year, increased mob violence against Christians and other religious minorities has gone unchecked by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his administration," wrote Curry, whose organization publishes the annual World Watch List, covering religous freedom. "Muslims, Christians and other religious minorities continue to suffer terribly as radical Hindu nationalists target them," continued Curry, who stated India was ranked 15th worst nation to be a Christian.
Curry believes as Apple makes its presence stronger in India, the company needs to use its voice to stand up for the fundamental human right to express one's faith, "Mr. Cook, you and your company have a unique opportunity to be a strong voice for human rights by insisting India’s government protect and preserve religious freedom in India, specifically addressing the plight of Muslims, Christians and other religious minorities who often face severe persecution for their faith. In addition to the requested tax and sourcing concessions, I urge you to publicly call upon the government of India to affirm the fundamental right to choose one’s own faith or no faith at all."
Curry stated there are currently 63 million Christians living in India, all facing some form of persecution for their faith. He gave the example of a mother in Dokawaya, who was dragged from her home by Hindu extremists, stripped naked, beaten and killed. Her body was publicly set on fire because of her faith.
India is on track to become the second largest smartphone market in the world and represents a large opportunity for Apple's business.