Address Tsunami of hate and xenophobia targeting minorities, urges UN expert

Geneva: Calling for an international treaty to address the growing scourge of hate speech against minorities, a UN expert told the Human Rights Council here on Monday that “The Holocaust did not start with the gas chambers; it started with hate speech against a minority”. Without taking the names of India and other countries,  Fernand de Varennes, the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, said  Tsunami of hate and xenophobia targeting minorities must be tackled. He told the council that social media have become platforms for the spread of hate,…

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Minorities Commission asks Waseem Rizvi to apologise for his remarks on Quran

LUCKNOW — The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has issued a notice to former Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi for his statements against the Quran, asking him to tender an unconditional apology and to withdraw his comments within 21 days. The NCM has raised concerns about Rizvi’s statements in the media on his plea in the Supreme Court for removal of the 26 verses from the Quran and has called it a “well thought conspiracy to disturb communal harmony.” The notice sent by Joint Secretary, central government,…

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Supreme Court to hear plea of Zakia Jafri against SIT’s clean chit to Modi on April 13

The SIT in February 2012 filed a closure report giving clean chit to Narendra Modi and 63 others, which included senior officials in the government, citing that no concrete evidence was found. NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court will hear, on April 13, the plea by slain former MP Ehsan Jafri’s wife Zakia Jafri, challenging the SIT’s clean chit to then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Zakia Jafri, submitted before a bench headed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar that matter could be heard…

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Afzal Guru was not a terrorist but a humanistic person: Kobad Ghandy

New Delhi: Communist activist Kobad Ghandy has said that Afzal Guru who was hanged in 2013, was not a terrorist but a humanistic person and that jail staff cried for him when he walked to the gallows. Gandhy who has spent 10 years in six different jails including seven in Delhi’s Tihar jail, has recently authored a memoir called ‘Fractured Freedom: A Prison Memoir’. In the book, he has talked about Guru and other prisoners including Nirbhaya rapist Vinay Sharma and former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala. ”He [Guru] had…

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Eight Christians hospitalised after attack by Hindutva goons

New Delhi: Hindutva extremists attacked Christians with axes, stones, and wooden clubs when they were praying in a house church on 8 March in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district. The attack left many people injured, including eight who sustained serious injuries and required hospitalization, reported a persecution watchdog called International Christian Concern (ICC). During the incident, the extremists also burned a motorbike and several bicycles belonging to the Christians. According to media reports, a mob of 30, led by a local radical leader named Ando Guddi, attacked a house church where more than…

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