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Government’s inaction and cruel politics of Hindutva focus of protests; protesters demand immediate action to restore the rule of law

July 16, 2017

The Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA), an umbrella coalition of progressive organizations across the United States and various coalition partners today held protests in three cities across the US, to express their outrage over the growing mob rule against minorities in India and the policies of the government that are emboldening such forces. Protests were held in Washington, DC, San Diego and San Jose. A fourth protest is scheduled to be held in New York City on July 23, 2017.

These protests are similar to the “Not In My Name” protests that have been held across various cities in India. Besides the AJA coalition, the protests in San Jose were jointly organized with the “Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice.” The South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI), will be part of the protests in New York City on July 23rd.

The last few years has seen brutal killings of mostly Muslims and Dalits in the name of cow protection, over a dozen of them only since September last year. These killings have been orchestrated by Hindu supremacist groups ideologically aligned with the BJP-led federal government and drawing inspiration from the beef ban imposed by the governments in various states. The increasing hostility towards minorities displayed by even central ministers in the form of incendiary rhetoric has only added fuel to the fire. Since 2010, 97% of beef related violence has taken place after the BJP-led Hindu nationalist government came to power. Since 2015, an increasing number of Muslims have been lynched, hanged or brutalized in the most cruel manner on mere suspicion of possessing or cooking beef.

Protests in San Jose, CA

Protesters carried signs, such as “India – Hostage to Hindutva?” and “Beef Ban is Cultural Fascism.” They came from various communities in the diaspora and were united in their condemnation of the killings and the beef ban.

Protest in downtown San Diego, CA near the USS Midway Museum

“The reign of terror unleashed by Hindu supremacist cow “vigilantes” is clearly targeted at browbeating the nation’s religious minorities into the status of second class citizens,” said Mr. Suhail Syed, one of the organizers of the protests in Washington, DC. “How can the government of India respond so casually to the mob lynchings of Muslims and Dalits?,” asked San Uddin, one of the organizers of the protests in New York. “That shows the killings are not spontaneous but executed with a tacit approval of Hindu supremacists that are an integral part of the ruling party,” added Ms. Sana.

In a recent statement, Amnesty International India expressed deep worry over the “pattern of hate crimes committed against Muslims with seeming impunity – many of them in states where the Bharatiya Janata Party is in power.”

Protest in Washington, DC

In April 2017, a mob beat a 55-year-old Muslim man, Pehlu Khan, to death in Rajasthan after accusing him of transporting cows for slaughter. An exposé by a television news station showed the attackers belonged to the BJP and its affiliates. In a recent killing that shook India, 15-tear-old Junaid Khan was stabbed to death on board a train in northern India as he headed home from Eid shopping. While such killings have drawn international condemnation, the suffering of millions who have lost their source of livelihood as a result of the beef ban has not received adequate attention. In a bizarre and shocking expose of the Sangh Parivar’s hypocrisy, the BJP and RSS joined hands to sell beef in Kerala, the very act for which they are enabling the lynching of Muslims.

The Alliance for Justice and Accountability has pledged to work with people of all faiths to defend India from the onslaught of hate and divisiveness.

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UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW

IAMC’s involvement with UPR at UN Human Rights Council is more than half a decade old. In 2012, the last time India’s record was reviewed, IAMC had partnered with The Advocates for Human Rights from Minneapolis and Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association (JTSA) of New Delhi. Our impact had been substantial as at least one of the recommendations that the UN Working Group had made to the Indian government in 2012 was taken wholly from the joint report by these three organizations. For 2017, IAMC increased the number of reports filed from one in 2012 to two. We also added two other organizations to our list of partners, Citizens for Justice and Peace of Mumbai and The Quill Foundation of New Delhi. One report was filed jointly by IAMC, The Advocates, JTSA and Quill Foundation. The second report was filed by IAMC and CJP, which is the organization of Teesta Setalvad. Both Teesta and Ajit Sahi met with diplomats from a dozen countries. They then also went to Geneva to do advocacy with diplomats there of many other countries. Our diplomacy received wide support, so much so that IAMC got a two-minute speaking slot on the floor of the UNHRC, for which we chose to have Teesta address the Council. This was a historic occasion. Before India’s UPR on May 4, IAMC’s reports were given widespread coverage by top Indian news media, including Outlook India, The Hindu, DNA, Business Standard, and several others, which is very encouraging especially because the Indian news media has been reluctant to publish antigovernment news especially since Narendra Modi came to power. IAMC’s involvement with the UPR process has been crucial for the advancement of the human rights agenda.

MINORITY RIGHTS VIOLATIONS REPORT

IAMC achieved a historic success with its first-ever release of a comprehensive report on the status of minority rights violations in India, under the banner of the Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA), on May 23. No less significant aspect of the effort was the fact that the release event was held at Rayburn House Office Building, which is part of the U.S. Congressional complex, and was arranged for by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. Congress. The event was highly successful with several civil society organizations, such as the Dalit American Coalition, Organization of Minorities From India, South Asian Solidarity Group and TwoCircles. The report received wide coverage in the Indian media, including in Hindustan Times, DNA, The Wire, etc. This report has also been sent to top Congressmen and women.

India Minority Rights Violations Report 2017
https://www.scribd.com/document/349208337/India-Minority-Rights-Violations-Report-2017#from_embed

Human rights abuses against minorities on ascendance in India:
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-human-rights-abuses-against-minorities-on-ascendance-in-india-2448914

Human rights abuses against minorities on ascendance in India:
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/human-rights-abuses-against-minorities-on-ascendance-in-india-117052400072_1.html

Human rights abuses against minorities on rise in India: Indian-American group
A report by an alliance of Indian-American groups states that BJP’s success post 2014 has provided a “tremendous fillip to Hindu supremacist forces”. http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/human-rights-abuses-against-minorities-on-rise-in-india-indian-american-group/story-pYVmC22dDJfQ4Ro1ousclK.html

India’s upper caste animosity towards Dalits and tribals extends to religious minorities: US report raises alarm
http://www.counterview.net/2017/05/indias-upper-caste-animosity-towards.html?m=1

Rise in anti-minority violence grave concern: US body

Rise in anti-minority violence grave concern: US body

Alliance of Indian-American groups: Human rights abuses against minorities on rise in India
http://justicenews.co.in/alliance-indian-american-groups-human-rights-abuses-minorities-rise-india/36266

3 years of Modi — American report delivers scathing indictment of minority rights violations in India
http://www.milligazette.com/news/15620-american-report-delivers-scathing-indictment-of-minority-rights-violations-in-india

Community Leaders, Rights Activists in hailing AJA Report For Highlighting Plight of Minorities in India:
http://caravandaily.com/portal/us-based-body-issues-damning-report-on-modi-governments-human-rights-record/

Rise in violence against minorities in India a grave concern, says Alliance for Justice and Accountability
http://twocircles.net/2017may24/409986.html

Alliance of Indian-American groups: Human rights abuses against minorities on rise in India
http://www.connectedtoindia.com/alliance-of-indian-american-groups-human-rights-abuses-against-minorities-on-rise-in-india-1609.html

Alliance for Justice and Accountability in US Delivers Scathing Indictment of Minority Rights Violations in India

Alliance for Justice and Accountability in US Delivers Scathing Indictment of Minority Rights Violations in India

India faces stern test at United Nations meet
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-faces-stern-test-at-united-nations-meet-2428079

Rights lens on India
https://www.telegraphindia.com/1170505/jsp/nation/story_149923.jsp#.WQwz-FKB3-Y

India Comes in the Line of Fire at UNHRC Over Rights Record, Racism

India Comes in the Line of Fire at UNHRC Over Rights Record, Racism

U.S., Germany slam India for new funding norms
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/us-germany-slam-india-for-new-funding-norms/article18385902.ece

UN reviews human rights in India: Excessive use of force in Kashmir, violence against minorities among key issues
http://www.firstpost.com/india/human-rights-review-un-flags-use-of-excessive-force-in-kashmir-and-violence-against-minorities-in-india-3424602.html

अल्पसंख्यकों पर कड़े सवालों के क्या जवाब देगा भारत?
http://www.bbc.com/hindi/india-39796555

India Is About to Be Grilled on Its Human Rights Record by 112 Countries at U.N. Review
http://www.alternet.org/world/india-about-be-grilled-its-human-rights-record-112-countries-un-review

UN test for India’s human rights record today
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-un-test-for-india-s-rights-record-today-2426774

Rohatgi to defend India’s human rights record in Geneva
https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/news/2017/05/03/attorney-general-mukul-rohatgi-to-defend-india-human-rights-record-geneva-universal-periodic-review-upr-un-council

112 Countries Will Question India on Its Human Rights Record: May 4, 2017
https://sabrangindia.in/article/112-countries-will-question-india-its-human-rights-record-may-4-2017

India To Respond To The World’s Perception Of Its Human Rights Record
http://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/india-to-respond-to-the-worlds-perception-of-its-human-rights-record/298725

UN human rights review: India must end its doublespeak and practise what it preaches
https://scroll.in/article/836506/india-must-end-its-doublespeak-on-human-rights-at-the-un

Activists question what India said at UN human rights forum
https://in.news.yahoo.com/activists-india-said-un-human-171000171.html

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Uttar Pradesh: Lok Sabha MPs, 71 of them from BJP, could not spend Rs 333 Cr of development fund

February 11, 2017

From: http://www.indiatomorrow.net/eng/uttar-pradesh-lok-sabha-mps-71-of-them-from-bjp-could-not-spend-rs-333-cr-of-development-fund Rs 135 Cr of MPLAD fund remained unspent in 33 Dalit/Muslim Lok Sabha constituencies held by BJP. IndiaTomorrow.net, (Indian Parliament (Photo – www.huffingtonpost.in) Lucknow, Feb 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party BJP won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections on the plank of development – the party won 71 out of 80 […]

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It’s time that the courts call out wilful fabrication of evidence by the police in terror cases

January 17, 2017

From : https://scroll.in/article/826402/its-time-courts-call-out-wilful-fabrication-of-evidence-by-law-enforcement-officers-in-terror-cases Acquittals in high-profile terror cases are followed by some mild questioning around how things could have gone wrong in such important cases. Image credit:  Courtesy Anhad   Last month, a trial court acquitted Irshad Ali and Maurif Qamar of terror charges 11 years after they were arrested and charged with being Al […]

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IAMC Letter to President Obama on India visit

January 24, 2015

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Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary is a time to renew the struggle against hate and sectarianism say Indian Americans

January 31, 2013

January 30, 2013 Indian American Muslim Council (http://www.iamc.com) an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has paid respects to the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his death anniversary today. IAMC has called on secular forces to join hands in the struggle against the same hateful and divisive forces […]

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Indian Americans across the US commemorate India’s 64th Republic Day

January 28, 2013

Monday January 28, 2013 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos organized celebrations across the US to mark the Republic Day of India, including special events in eight cities. Indian Americans of all faiths and ethnicities participated in the celebrations to mark the founding […]

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Report: Indian Americans demand justice for Gujarat victims through candle-light vigils in several cities across the US

March 10, 2012

Saturday, March 10, 2012 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – http://www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, observed the tenth anniversary of the horrific carnage in Gujarat through candle-light vigils held in several cities across the US, as well as an online candle-light vigil on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gujarat-Genocide/256516174422867 The objective […]

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10th Anniversary of Gujarat Genocide IAMC having Candle light Vigil

February 29, 2012

On the 10th Anniversary of Gujarat Genocide IAMC having coast to coast Rally & Candle light Vigil Starting February 27th, 2002, the Indian state of Gujarat witnessed the systematic murder and displacements of thousands of people in horrific sectarian violence that engulfed the entire state. The viciousness and barbarism that marked the Gujarat pogrom of […]

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IAMC President Shaheen Khateeb Republic Day Message.

January 25, 2012

Assalam Alaikum. Peace be upon you. It gives me immense pleasure to extend my warmest greetings to you on the occasion of the 63rd Republic Day of India. For over 6 decades, India has been a democratic Republic. As Indian Americans, we are truly proud of this accomplishment. While our freedom struggle continues to inspire […]

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