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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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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,

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

(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 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh alone – and they want people of India’s most populated state to vote them in the ongoing Assembly elections also for development.

“We are willing to do everything for the growth of UP. To change the fortunes of Uttar Pradesh, change the government in the state,” asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing an election rally in Meerut.”

But a study of the performance of Members of the 16th Lok Sabha from UP says that a whopping Rs 333.6 crores of MPLAD funds remain unspent in the state – Rs 135 crores of these funds not spent in 33 Lok Sabha constituencies where either Dalits or Muslims are in sizeable number.

Every year, an MP is given Rs 5 crore for development works in his constituency.

As per the study conducted by a US-based news portal TwoCircles.net, in collaboration with Indian-Americans’ advocacy group IAMC, there are a whopping 333.6 crores of MPLAD funds that remain unspent. While 71 crores of these funds remained unspent in 17 Dalit-dominated constituencies, more than Rs 64 crore could not be spent in 16 other constituencies where Muslims account for over 20% of the population. All these 33 seats are represented by BJP.

The fund utilization percentage for 17 Dalit-dominated constituencies remained at 58.91% while that for Muslim-dominated constituencies was 67.76%.

President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Mohd. Hamid Ansari with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other members of Council of Ministers after the Swearing-in Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on May 26, 2014.

“Average of the percent utilized for MPLAD funds drops for “Dalit seats” to 58.9% while it goes up significantly for “Muslim seats” to 67.8% while the average of all seats is 60.8%,” says the report.

However, if one goes to individual performance as for utilization of MPLAd funds, two MPs of BJP have performed best while one from BJP and another from Samajwadi Party are the worst performers.

Best & Worst Performance

BJP MP Satish Kumar of Aligarh has utilized 86% of his 15 crores. Maneka Gandhi, also from BJP, comes close second with 85.9% of utilization.

BJP MP Kanwar Pushpendra Singh Chanel of Hamirpur has utilized only 17% of his funds and Kannauj’s Dimple Yadav of Samajwadi Party, with 24% of funds utilization, is second from the bottom.

 

Performance on the floor of House

The study has also analysed the performance of MPs on the floor of the Parliament.

Average of debate participation by MPs drops from 54 for all to 44 for Muslim-dominated seats and to only 29 for Dalit-dominated seats.

Average number of questions by all MPs is 99, for “Muslim seats” 98, and drops significantly for Dalit MPs with just 85 questions. Three Dalit MPs have zero questions asked; another Dalit MP has so far asked just one question in the last 2.5 years, says the report.

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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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Cops want to destroy papers in Sanjiv Bhatt’s possession: Teesta Setalvad (Oct 5, 2011, DNA India)

October 10, 2011

Why are the city police so desperately demanding access to arrested IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s bank lockers or what were they looking for when they carried out searches at his house and that of his mother? Sources believe that Bhatt is in possession of many crucial documents which could put many officials and politicians in […]

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