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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Terrorism, sedition charges framed against Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi

New Delhi, Feb 23: Terrorism and sedition charges have been framed against Kashmiri separatist leader and Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chief Asiya Andrabi for allegedly conspiring to commit terror acts and waging war against the country with support from Pakistan. On February 20, Andrabi and two of her associates — Sofi Fehmeeda and Nahida Nasreen — were put on trial by Special Judge Parveen Singh of Patiala House Court for offences punishable under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Indian Penal Code. The Special Judge framed charges for offences such as criminal conspiracy,…

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Over 400 academics, activists call for release of Disha Ravi, Nodeep Kaur, others

”Indeed, students and young activists, especially from minority communities, have been facing persecution by the Central Government for a long time now, simply because they chose to speak up as conscientious citizens of this country,” reads the statement By Muslim Mirror Staff New Delhi: In a joint statement, more than 400 academics, and activists have said that the arrests of environmental activist Disha Ravi, labour rights and anti-caste activist Nodeep Kaur and others are the Narendra Modi government’s tactics of repression. ”Various Indian law enforcement agencies and state governments have sought…

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Boat with 90 Rohingya drifts into Indian waters, UN calls for rescue

The Rohingyas boarded the boat south of the Bangladesh seaside town of Cox’s Bazar on 11th February and was headed towards Southeast Asia. Since the boat’s engines stopped functioning six days ago, it has been drifting towards India’s Andaman islands from its course NEW DELHI — A boat carrying 90 Rohingya refugees and three Bangladesh crewmen drifted into India’s territorial waters on Monday, with calls for immediate rescue mounting from UN agencies and humanitarian groups. The boat has a satphone and the crew confirmed to humanitarian group ‘Arakan Project’ the presence…

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Human Rights Watch accuses India of targeting minorities

HRW report comes days before first anniversary of anti-Muslim violence in Delhi ANKARA/NEW DELHI: Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday accused the Indian government of adopting laws and policies that “systematically discriminate against Muslims and stigmatize critics of the government.” HRW’s report came days ahead Feb. 23, which marks the first anniversary of the violence in New Delhi, where 53 people were killed, 40 of them were Muslims. The violence came after protests started against India’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed in 2019 that excludes Muslims. The law granted citizenship to…

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