Palestine slams Czech diplomatic office in Jerusalem

Prague’s diplomatic office in Jerusalem ‘blatant attack’ on Palestinians, their rights, says Palestinian Foreign Ministry By Avad ar-Rujub RAMALLAH – Palestine on Saturday slammed the Czech Republic for opening on March 11 a diplomatic office in Jerusalem — affiliated to its embassy in Tel Aviv. It called the controversial step a clear violation of international law. While stopping short of shifting the Czech Embassy to Jerusalem, the move received clear approval from Israel, with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi attending the opening along with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis. The Palestinian…

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Pakistani Hindus pardon accused involved in temple demolition

The Ram Peer Mandir at Badin in Sindh, Pakistan was vandalized, last week. Human rights experts believe that out of 428, only 20 temples are left in Sindh now. PESHAWAR – The Hindu community of Pakistan has decided to pardon the accused persons involved in the vandalisation of a temple last December in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Karak district, the media reported on Sunday. “The community would provide aid and employ efforts to secure release of the accused from the prison in the light of the recommendations of a jirga,” The Express Tribune…

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Urdu Press Weekly Round up :Freedom House report, Democracy report , SIMI acquittal, attempt to alter Quran and more

By Quamar Ashraf This week mostly papers significantly covered Sweden’s V-Dem Institute which depicted India in poor light saying that “the world largest democracy is partly free”. Some edits/articles were reluctant to comment upon the report which used strong word against the country’s polity. The edits largely maintain cautions but pointed out on the realities on grounds besides highlighting report’s findings. Most newspapers simply quoted the highlights such as: “After Freedom House report, the V-Dem Institute’s Democracy Report has downgraded India from world’s largest democracy to electoral autocracy”. Besides this,…

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UP Police send notices to women activists over protests against Hathras gang-rape

New Delhi: Several women activists in Lucknow have received notices from the police for participating in protests against the Hathras gang-rape incident, in which a Dalit woman was raped and assaulted by four upper-caste men in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district in September. Earlier, these women had made headlines for their active role in anti-CAA protests held in Uttar Pradesh capital, Lucknow. Scores of them were targeted by the police over CAA protests too. Uzma Parveen, Sumaiya Rana, Madhu Garg and Meena Singh have been summoned or visited by the police in…

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Safoora Zargar’s arrest violated human rights agreement singed by India: UN

New Delhi: UN Human Rights Council’s Working Group against Arbitrary Detentions (UNWGAD) has said that the arrest of Jamia Millia Islamia student and anti-CAA activist Safoora Zargar was a violation of the Universal declaration of human rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which India is a party. In a report, UNWGAD said that Zargar was deprived of ”liberty” contravening “universally recognized human rights, in particular the right to freedoms of opinion, expression and peaceful assembly” and several articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The…

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