Indian Authorities Fail to Investigate Enforced Disappearance of JNU Student Najeeb Ahmed
On October 15, 2015, Ahmed, a first-year M.Sc. biotech student at JNU in New Delhi, was last spotted being attacked by nine members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing affiliated to the Hindu supremacist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on the university campus. No one ever saw him afterward.
Five years have passed and the whereabouts of Najeeb Ahmed is still unknown and his cases unsolved. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), a federal agency investigating the case, filed a closure report in 2018, which was later challenged by Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees, terming it ‘biased and partial.’ IAMC urges the Indian Supreme Court to take Suo-moto cognizance of the case and initiate a court-monitored probe into the enforced disappearance of the Muslim student.
Facebook Never Included RSS & its Affiliates on Dangerous Individuals & Organizations Watch List
The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) condemns Facebook for allowing Hindu nationalist organizations and individuals to use its platforms to spread hate and violence against the members of India’s minority community especially Muslims and Christians.
According to Dangerous Individuals and Organizations (DIO), an internal Facebook list used to regulate speech on company platforms which was exclusively published by The Intercept, none of the affiliates of the world’s largest Extremist group, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) except Sanatan Sanstha were on its blacklist. Facebook gave the Hindu extremist groups an easy pass to use social media platforms to promote hate, bigotry, and violent attacks against minorities.
Sanathan Sanstha is a Hindu terror group based in the Indian state of Goa. Its members have been involved in bomb blasts, assassinating rationalists and journalist Gauri Lankesh.
IAMC demands that Facebook immediately disclose what prevented it from including RSS and its affiliates on the DIO list. IAMC also calls on the US law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and Department of Justice to investigate the deliberate failure of Facebook to take action against the RSS and its affiliates for using its platform for promoting ethnic violence.
Haryana State Lifts Decades-Old Ban on Govt. Employees Joining RSS
IAMC condemns the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Haryana government for lifting a 54-year-old ban that prohibited government servants from joining the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Hindu supremacist organization that wants to turn India into a Hindu nation by changing its Constitution and relegate Indian minorities especially Muslims and Christians to second class citizens. Prime Minister Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is an offshoot of the RSS.
The lifting of ban would result in strengthening the hold of Hindu supremacists over the executive branch of the government and further institutionalize the discrimination, harassment, and persecution of Muslims and Christians across the state.