UN, rights groups oppose Malaysia’s Rohingya repatriation

Other western embassies, like those of the UK and Canada, tried to stop the repatriation as well, citing similar concerns of ‘risk on return’ to Myanmar which has witnessed a military takeover this month. KOLKATA — UN agencies, western governments, including the US, and global human rights groups have strongly opposed Malaysia’s sudden repatriation of 1,084 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar. This comes at a time when 90 Rohingyas, illegally heading for Malaysia from their camps in Bangladesh, have been stuck in a boat with engine failure off India’s Andaman islands. Officials…

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(Interview ) Hyper-nationalism created fault lines in our society more visible’ ; Ex VP Hamid Ansari

‘Interview with private a TV channel was arranged by my publisher’ By: Abdul Bari Masoud Former Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari’s memoir, ‘Many A Happy Accident’: Recollections of a Life”, has created a sort of political storm. Particularly his comment on the atmosphere of intolerance and the feeling of insecurity among Indian Muslims in the book has invited the wrath of rightwing forces. In an oblique reference to  India’s ruling party’s mentor RSS’s ideology,  Ansari said consequences of the cultural hyper-nationalism is  that “our commitment to the rule of law seems to be…

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Bombay HC grants bail to alleged ISIS recruit, praises him as he argued own case

New Delhi: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday upheld the bail granted by a NIA court to Areeb Majeed, who was arrested in 2014. Majeed has been accused of travelling to Iraq to join Islamic States of Iraq and Syria. A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and Manish Pitale praised Majeed, who argued his own case before the NIA Court as well as before the high court. The court granted bail on the ground that the trial would take very long and the petitioner had already undergone incarceration for more…

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UP assembly passes ‘love jihad’ law by voice vote amid opposition protests

Opposition says the law is against the spirit of the Constitution and an infringement of one’s fundamental rights. LUCKNOW — The Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Bill, 2021 was passed by the UP Assembly on Wednesday by a voice vote. The opposition demanded that the Bill should be sent to the select committee. The Congress’ Aradhana Mishra said that marriage was a private matter of an adult individual and the new law was an infringement of one’s fundamental rights. BSP’s Lalji Varma said the new law was against the…

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Nitish Kumar indicates cracks in Owaisi’s AIMIM

Nitish launched a sharp attack on Akhtarul Iman, AIMIM Bihar state president and MLA, and said Owaisi would now be left all alone. PATNA — Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar hinted that Hyderabad Member of Parliament (MP) Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is on the verge of breaking up while speaking in the Bihar Assembly. Nitish launched a sharp attack on Akhtarul Iman, AIMIM Bihar state President and MLA, and said Owaisi would now be left all alone. At present, the AIMIM has five MLAs in the Bihar Assembly.…

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