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A season of “clean chits” for the guilty and hounding of activists since the coming to power of Hindu supremacists 

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February 28, 2015

 The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has marked the 13th anniversary of the Gujarat pogroms of 2002, by pledging to continue the struggle for justice, regardless of the passage of time and the vicissitudes in the electoral fortunes of the masterminds behind the genocide. IAMC has expressed its dismay over the brazen mockery of justice in cases related to the pogroms, since the new government came to power in May 2014.

The Gujarat pogroms of 2002 represent the most horrific case of mass targeted violence against a specific religious community in independent India. In systematic and organized attacks against Muslims, over 2,000 people were massacred and over 150,000 were displaced and rendered homeless. The genocide was accompanied by brutal forms of sexual violence against hundreds of women.
In several high-profile cases, the perpetrators have either been acquitted by the infamous and compromised Special Investigations Team (SIT), or granted bail after having been convicted. In parallel, activists such as Teesta Setalvad, who demonstrated exemplary courage in pursuing justice for the victims, are being hounded by the police and subject to harassment by the state under trumped-up charges.
Last Friday, six people accused in the barbaric killing of three British citizens during the Gujarat massacres were acquitted by the court for “lack of evidence.” The three Britons were Saeed and Shakil Dawood and Mohammad Aswat. They were burned alive near Prantij town of Gujarat’s Sabarkantha district.
“The denial of justice for the victims of the Gujarat pogroms compounds the enormity of the crimes committed against them in 2002,” stated Mr. Umar Malick, President of IAMC. “The BJP government has continued in the tradition of the Gujarat government, of shielding the guilty and harassing those that are striving to bring them to justice,” added Mr. Malick.
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 http://www.iamc.com
CONTACT:

Indian American Muslim Council

Phone/fax: 1-800-839-7270
Email:info@iamc.com 

Address: 6321 W Dempster St. Suite 295, Morton Grove, IL 60053.

REFERENCES:
1. Gujarat govt. & Teesta Setalvad: Hounding Activists to Protect the Guilty
2. Gujarat govt says will continue probe against whistleblower Rahul Sharma after his retirement
3. Gujarat Riots: All 6 Accused of Killing of 3 British Nationals Acquitted
4. Teesta Setalvad’s lawyer Prashant Bhushan denied renewal of passport over traffic rule violation
5. After Kodnani, her former assistant gets bail in 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case
6. Naroda Patia massacre: Babu Bajrangi gets seven-day bail
7. Rights abuse rampant in India: Amnesty
8. India had highest level of social hostilities in 2013: Pew Research
9. “We have no orders to save you” – Report by Human Rights Watch
10. Concerned Citizens Tribunal – Gujarat 2002; An Inquiry into the Carnage in Gujarat

 

11. Riot Victims protest bail to Kodnani, others

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Indian American Muslim Council ( http://www.iamc.com) an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has called on people of all faiths to come together on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, to renew their commitment to the UN Declaration of Human Rights [1] and to work towards a world where our common humanity is the basis for mutual coexistence and co-operation.

Coming few days after the demise of legendary anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela and the 21st anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in India, it would be most apt to remember Mandela’s words:

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”  

As Indian Americans, the International Human Rights Day is also an occasion for profound introspection on some of the articles of the UN Declaration which are also enshrined in the Constitution of India.  Article 3 of the Declaration upholds the right of every human being to life, liberty and security of person.  The same rights are echoed in the preamble to the Constitution of India, which seeks to secure for all citizens, justice, liberty and equality. Article 21 of India’s Constitution declares that no deprivation of life and liberty is permitted except according to procedures established by law.

 

Unfortunately, increasing sectarian violence in India, marked by targeted killings of religious minorities and disadvantaged groups and accompanied by brutal forms of sexual violence against women are a stark reminder that the struggle to secure the life and liberty for all of India’s citizens is as relevant and urgent as ever. The horrific violence in Muzaffarnagar earlier this year, that led to the killing of over 60 people and the mass displacement of over 50,000 from their homes and ancestral lands shows that the horrors of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and the 2002 Gujarat pogrom,  can and will be repeated, unless we struggle against the hate ideologies that engender such violence. On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, IAMC has released a video titled ” Muzaffarnagar Bleeds: A Reenactment of Gujarat Riots of 2002, [2]” that exposes how the mass violence in Muzaffarnagar was engineered, and the human suffering it has wrought. The victims of Muzaffarnagar continue to suffer, due to the political chicanery and the apathy of those in positions of power. The International Human Rights Day is also a time to commemorate the struggle of the Dalit community and other disadvantaged groups in India, that have endured discrimination and bias for centuries.

“In this backdrop, the virulent opposition to House Resolution H.Res. 417 is a demonstration of the powerful forces arrayed against a change in the status quo, ” said Mr. Ahsan Khan, President of IAMC. “The resolution praises India’s ‘rich religious diversity and commitment to tolerance and equality,’ while raising concerns over the erosion of religious freedom. It is inspiring to see that the mere introduction of a resolution seeking to safeguard human rights and religious freedom has raised the hackles of those who wish to impose their narrow, sectarian vision over India,” added Mr. Khan [3] [4].

 

Terror attacks, such as the ones in Malegaon (2006 and 2008) and on Samjhauta Express (2007) and random bomb blasts continue to claim the lives of innocent people while also resulting in continued suffering for countless families whose loved ones are detained on flimsy grounds. Article 9 of the UN Declaration pronounces that none shall be “subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile,” a right that continues to be violated in India through the illegal detention of youth from the minorities [5], often on trumped-up charges of terror. The abduction and custodial death of Khalid Mujahid exemplifies the suffering of hundreds of such youth [6] [7].

 

Over six decades after India gained Independence, millions continue to struggle for the right guaranteed by Article 26 of the UN Declaration which says: “Everyone has the right to education,” and “Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality…” and shall ” promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups.” In this context the manipulation of text books to indoctrinate young minds with an inaccurate and distorted version of India’s history is deeply alarming [8] [9].

 

IAMC has called on all those struggling to uphold human rights and justice for all, regardless of caste, creed, gender, or ethnic origin,  to join hands in the struggle to save the soul of India, and to renew their commitment to uphold secularism in our society.

 

Indian American Muslim Council is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with 13 chapters across the nation.

 

For more information please visit our new website at www.iamc.com

Contact:
Indian American Muslim Council
Ishaq Syed

Phone: (800) 839-7270
Email: info@iamc.com

Address:    
6321 W Dempster St. Suite 295
Morton Grove, IL 60053
phone/fax: 1-800-839-7270

References:
Text of the UN Declaration of Human Rights
http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/
Muzaffarnagar Bleeds: A Reenactment of Gujarat Riots of 2002
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUNdgd3We98
Hindu American Foundation reveals its supremacist ideology through smear campaign
http://www.coalitionagainstgenocide.org/press/cag.pr.06dec2013.php
ANHAD Report – What It Means to be a Muslim in India Today
http://www.anhadin.net/article122.html
Khalid Muhahid – From Abduction to Custodial Killing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cegWbjkCi0
In the Name of History – Examples from Hindutva inspired school textbooks in India
http://www.sacw.net/HateEducation/Teesta.html
Muslims masquerade as Hindus for India job

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Hindu American Foundation reveals its supremacist ideology through smear campaign against CAG and Indian Muslims

December 6, 2013

HAF’s Opposition to House Resolution 417 is a disservice to India and Hinduism say Indian Americans   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Washington D.C, Friday, December 6, 2013 Coalition Against Genocide (CAG – http://coalitionagainstgenocide.org/), has condemned the Hindu American Foundation’s opposition to House Resolution H.Res. 417 [1] through a smear campaign against the coalition and one of its constituents, […]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – April 8th, 2013

April 9, 2013

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Godhra mosque opens doors to Hindus for a day News Headlines Dipda Darwaja massacre: SIT moves HC against acquittals Don’t want Modi to do in India what he did in 2002: Tewari Death penalty for 3 cops, life term for 5 in Gonda fake encounter case […]

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Masjid Fatima is hosting Father Cedric Prakash on Saturday June 23rd

June 23, 2012

What: Reflections on the 10 year struggle for Justice When: Saturday June 23rd, 2012 at 7pm Where: Masjid Fatima, 1928 Power Lane, Catonsville, MD 21228.   Father Cedric Prakash, a jesuit priest, well known activist and an un-relenting voice of the Gujarat victims is on a multi-city US tour. IAMC invited Fr.Prakash on an awareness […]

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US reaffirmation of visa denial to Modi welcomed by IAMC

April 26, 2012

Tuesday April 26, 2012 The Indian American Muslim Council (http://www.iamc.com) an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos today welcomed the US State Department’s reiteration of its position on the issue of a US visa for Chief Minister Narendra Modi. In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Congressman Walsh had […]

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Dr. Angana Chatterji’s testimony at the Congressional Hearing organized by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

March 22, 2012

Re.: Hearing on Religious Minorities in India March 21, 2012 The following is the testimony given by Dr. Angana Chatterji at the US Congressional Hearing organized by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on March 21, 2012. Representative Pitts, I thank you and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for honoring me with an invitation […]

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Dr. Najid Hussain’s testimony at the Congressional Hearing organized by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

March 22, 2012

  The following is the testimony given by Dr. Najid Hussain at the Congressional Hearing organized by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on March 21, 2012. Congressman Pitts, honorable committee members, ladies and gentlemen: Discrimination, injustice, and denial of rights, or our support to regimes those involve in such practices is the leading cause […]

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Action Alert : Protest TIME’s cover story and Brookings Institution article promoting Narendra Modi

March 19, 2012

Monday March 19, 2012 Indian American Muslim Council (http://www.iamc.com) an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos is calling on all people of conscience to protest TIME magazine’s cover story as well as the article by Brookings Institution Managing Director praising Mr. Narendra Modi, for distorting the truth by omitting details of […]

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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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