‘What is happening to human rights in the so-called largest democracy in the world?’: Star footballer Mesut Ozil

Former Arsenal and Real Madrid star midfielder Mesut Ozil on Thursday, 28 April, condemned the alleged human rights violations being perpetrated against the minority Muslim community in India, calling it “shameful”.

The German footballer of Turkish origin took to Twitter to share his views on the ‘human rights’ situation in India. 

While sharing a picture of the Delhi Jama Masjid, Arsenal’s highest-ever paid footballer, wrote on Twitter, “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.”

Star footballer Mesut Ozil

Earlier this month, Ozil had spoken about world peace on his Twitter timeline. “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.

Also read: ‘Sickening to see violence against Muslims celebrated in India’: Indian-American actress Padma Lakshmi

Ozil is currently an attacking midfielder and is the captain of Turkish Süper Lig club Fenerbahce. In 2018, Ozil quit the German national football team, citing racism in the criticism of him in the side’s World Cup debacle.

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