Weekly News Roundup – February 5, 2020

Seattle City Council becomes first US legislative body to pass anti-CAA, NRC resolution; supporters says law ‘meant to disenfranchise several million Muslims’

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A coalition of Seattle-area South Asians celebrated the passage of Seattle City Council Resolution 31926 on 3 February, opposing India’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), after hundreds of people rallied and attended a midday City Council vote to express their support. The resolution, introduced by Council member Kshama Sawant,… expressed City Council’s solidarity with Seattle’s South Asian community regardless of religion and caste. “We welcome the Seattle City Council’s resolution denouncing the divisive and draconian CAA and NRC. These acts are unconstitutional and designed to disenfranchise several million Muslim, Dalits and other minorities in order to create a fascist state.” said Javed Sikander, spokesperson for the Seattle chapter of the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC).…

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Modi encouraging communal hate and fear mongering, allege women activists, organisations

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Over 160 women and 13 organisations have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop Bharatiya Janata Party members from threatening women with violence and instead fight the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections by upholding the dignity of the Constitution. In an open letter to Modi, the signatories said the firing outside Jamia Millia Islamia on January 30 was a fallout of hate speeches by BJP members.… Hours after a gunman fired shots at protestors outside the Jamia Millia Islamia University on January 30, Home Minister Amit Shah asked Delhi voters at an election rally if they were “with Modi or Shaheen Bagh?” Earlier, Union minister Anurag Thakur had led a crowd of BJP supporters in chanting the slogan “shoot the traitors”.… “Is the BJP now openly endangering the lives of India’s women and children?” asked the signatories in the letter.…

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CAA in ‘Clear Violation’ of Indian Constitution: Amnesty International to US Congress

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Amnesty International has told the US lawmakers that the recently enacted Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) stands in “clear violation” of the constitution of India and international human rights law and “legitimises discrimination” on the basis of religion.… Amnesty International Asia Pacific Advocacy Manager Francisco Bencosme made the remarks during a testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organisations and House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee. The Indian parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Act, which legitimises discrimination on the basis of religion and stands in clear violation of the constitution of India and international human rights law, Bencosme said.…

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