Demonstrations decry Uyghur genocide by Chinese state

LONDON: Demonstrations were held Thursday outside the Chinese embassy in London demanding an end to the genocide of ethnic Uyghur Muslims by authorities in the country’s Xinjiang Autonomous Region, also known as East Turkestan. The rally was organized by a coalition of over 50 British Muslim organizations under the umbrella campaign ‘Stand4Uyghurs’ and was held to coincide with celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The coalition includes major regional Islamic centers such as Finsbury Park Mosque and the East London Mosque &…

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No forcible conversions in Kashmir, says Sikh body blames Delhi leaders for ‘provocative’ statements

By Ubair Ul Hameed Srinagar :  A prominent Sikh leader said that there are no forced conversions in Jammu and Kashmir. Jagmohan Singh Raina, chairman of the All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC), made these remarks while addressing the media on Wednesday. The Sikh leader also blamed leaders from Delhi for making ”offensive remarks” which would create discord among communities in Kashmir. “The Sikh community in Jammu & Kashmir has been living in harmony with the majority Muslim community. Over the years many attempts were made to create a wedge…

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Quash FIR against Umar Gautam and Jahangir Qasmi, stop stigmatisation of converts, says civil rights group

New Delhi:  Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) said that the recent arrests of Maulana Umar Gautam previously known as  Shyam Pratap Singh Gautam and Mufti Qazi Jahangir Alam Qasmi is a part of the UP government’s systematic effort to curtailing one’s right to change his/her religion or belief. APCR General Secretary, Malik Motasim Khan termed their arrest as an attack on religious freedom of the citizenry of this country. He further stated, “It is the constitutional duty of the government to promote and protect the individual’s right to adopt…

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Bajrang leader held for damaging temple cooler donated by Muslim

Aligarh : A Bajrang Dal leader was arrested and later released for barging into a temple in Aligarh and allegedly destroying the foundation stone of a water cooler that was donated by a Muslim. Deepak Rajput, was released on bail on Thursday evening amid protests by the right-wing outfit. Several Bajrang Dal members had reached the Lodha police station where Rajput was being held and protested. Lodha police station in-charge Gajraj Singh said that Rajput was arrested under section 151 of CrPC (arrest to prevent the commission of cognizable offences)…

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Delhi HC directs police to ensure safety of converted Muslim woman

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed police to ensure safety of a woman who have claimed she and her family are facing life-threats and being witch-hunted by the UP police, media and vigilante groups following her conversion to Islam. Justice C. Hari Shankar asked Delhi Police to take appropriate steps to protect the woman till the matter is heard by the regular bench. The woman, previously known as Renu Gangwar and currently as Ayesha Alvi, works in Delhi. She is from Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh and had…

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