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Malicious case is intended to stifle dissent and create fear among NGOs and activists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2016

The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), an advocacy organization dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has condemned the filing of a case of sedition against Amnesty International India over claims that slogans favoring Kashmiri independence were raised at an event organized by the reputed human rights organization in Bangalore last Monday.

“The fact that the Bengaluru Police has registered the said case at the behest of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is indicative the political and ideological motivations behind it,” said Mr. Umar Malick, President of IAMC. “Clearly, the aim is to silence views and opinions contrary to the shrill nationalist construct of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS),” added Mr. Malick.

IAMC has expressed solidarity with Amnesty and demanded the immediate withdrawal of the case. Not only does the police action violate India’s constitutional promise and premise of free speech, it is significant to note that Amnesty’s event had been called to discuss the issue of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, a topic by no means anti-national or seditious. The violation of human rights in Jammu and Kashmir over several decades, both by State and non-State actors, is a matter of fact and has been acknowledged and accepted even by the Indian judiciary, from time to time. The international community, too, has been unsparing in its criticism of such violations.

It may be recalled that last March the ABVP had leveled a similar allegation of “azadi” slogans being raised at a public event in New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University that had led to the arrests of JNU students, including its current students’ union president. That illiberal, anti-democratic campaign by the ABVP too was widely condemned and eventually exposed as nothing more than a brute attempt by show of strength to forestall any discussion of the state of affairs in Jammu and Kashmir.

The police action against Amnesty is completely characteristic of the regressive attitude of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government which has, since taking power in May 2014, carried out a witch hunt and vendetta against hundreds of national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Many of these have long worked in India across various social sectors, especially in human rights and civil liberties.
CONTACT:

Indian American Muslim Council
Phone/Fax: 1-800-839-7270
Email: info@iamc.com
Facebook: Indian American Muslim Council
Twitter: @IAMCouncil
Address: 6321 W Dempster St. Suite 295, Morton Grove, IL 60053.

REFERENCES:
1. Amnesty International India Denies Sedition Allegations
http://www.wsj.com/articles/amnesty-international-india-denies-sedition-allegations-1471359235

2. Space for Civil Society and dissent is shrinking; Amnesty International India Executive Director
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/08/aakar-patel-answers-questions/

3. Amnesty shuts office on police advice
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/amnestyabvp-row-amnesty-india-asks-employees-to-work-from-home/article9002766.ece

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Indian American Muslims organize celebratory event in Florida; participate in protests against targeting of Dalits and minorities in the name of cow protection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2016

The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos today joined millions of people in India and around the world, in celebrating India’s 70th Independence Day. Activists and community members across the US marked the occasion by resolving to continue the struggle for justice, and for defending pluralism in India.

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A celebratory event was organized by IAMC in Florida on August 14th, the eve of the Independence Day, with participation from broad sections of the Indian American community, including Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Sikhs. In the days leading up to Independence Day, IAMC volunteers and office bearers participated in protests against increasing attacks on Dalits and other minorities in India. The event included a flag hoisting ceremony at Gandhi Square in Fort Lauderdale.

“IAMC congratulates all Indians and people of Indian origin on this joyous occasion of India’s 70th Independence Day. Indeed, India has made great strides in many areas of endeavor since breaking free from British rule. However, Independence Day is also a sober reminder of how far we have come from our founding principles, with the increasing assaults on pluralism and the secular ethos of our constitution,” said Mr. Umar Malick, President of IAMC. “The deepening divides in Indian society along caste and religious lines demand that all people of conscience join hands to engage in yet another freedom struggle; the struggle to free India from caste discrimination and violations of religious freedom,” added Mr. Malick.

In Florida, Mr. Victor Swaroop, the President of Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) was one of the chief guests and a keynote speaker. A community activist and founding member of Gandhi Square, Mr. Swaroop shared how he lives by Mahatma Gandhi’s motto, “In order to find yourself, lose yourself in the service of others.”

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Imam Zakaria, another keynote speaker, reminded the audience of how Indian Muslims were an integral part of India’s freedom struggle, and read out a long list of prominent Muslims who made the ultimate sacrifice for India’s Independence.

The celebration was marked with festivities and the singing of songs expressing deep love for India and its people.

Indian-American Muslim Council is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with chapters across the nation. For more information, please visit our website at: http://iamc.com

CONTACT:

Indian American Muslim Council
Phone/Fax: 1-800-839-7270
Email: info@iamc.com
Facebook: Indian American Muslim Council
Twitter: @IAMCouncil
Address: 6321 W Dempster St. Suite 295, Morton Grove, IL 60053.

REFERENCES:
1) Full Text: President Pranab Mukherjee’s speech on the eve of Independence Day
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/pranab-mukherjee-speech-independence-day-2975379/

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Indian Americans demand CBI inquiry into atrocities against Dalits and Muslims under the pretext of cow protection

July 25, 2016

Justifiable outrage over open flogging of Dalit youth for skinning dead cows July 25, 2016 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos today joined millions of Indians and people of conscience across the world, in expressing outrage over the ongoing atrocities against Dalits […]

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Indian Americans demand CBI inquiry into atrocities against Dalits and Muslims under the pretext of cow protection

July 25, 2016

Justifiable outrage over open flogging of Dalit youth for skinning dead cows FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 25, 2016 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos today joined millions of Indians and people of conscience across the world, in expressing outrage over the ongoing […]

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California makes important corrections to history of Islam and South Asia

July 20, 2016

State Board of Education accepts some recommendations from scholars to reverse Islamophobic edits pushed by US based Hindu nationalist groups FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 16, 2016 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos expressed satisfaction that progress was made in reversing some of […]

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IAMC testifies before Congressional Human Rights Commission on “Challenges and Opportunities: The Advancement of Human Rights in India”

June 9, 2016

Testimony on the eve of Modi’s address to US Congress highlights his administration’s active contribution to religious freedom violations in the face of judicial ineffectiveness FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday June 8, 2016 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – iamc.com), today joined representatives of internationally recognized institutions such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International […]

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Indian Americans express shock, disgust over horrific church attack in Chhattisgarh; demand justice for victims

April 24, 2016

Suspected Hindutva activists from Bajrang Dal doused pastor and his pregnant wife with petrol in an attempt to burn them alive    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 23, 2016 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has joined millions of Indians and people of conscience around […]

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Indian Americans condemn Saudi award for Prime Minister Modi

April 5, 2016

Award defies logic given Mr. Modi’s record before and after taking office as Prime Minister FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 04, 2016 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has condemned the Saudi government’s decision to confer Indian Prime Minister Modi with the nation’s highest civilian award. […]

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Indian Americans honor Rep. Keith Ellison as “Champion of Human Rights”

February 5, 2016

Indian Americans honor Rep. Keith Ellison as “Champion of Human Rights” Event to mark India’s Republic Day held on first weekend after January 26th  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 03, 2016 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, honored Congressman Keith Ellision (D-MN) as a […]

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Dalit scholar’s suicide in Hyderabad an indictment of BJP’s Hindutva agenda say Indian Americans

January 20, 2016

Charges against Union Minister and Vice-Chancellor indicative of administration’s anti-Dalit and anti-minority focus rooted in Hindutva FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 19, 2016 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has expressed  shock and outrage over the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula at Hyderabad University. Mr. Vemula […]

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