Weekly News Roundup – January 22, 2020


Top US Senator urges Pompeo to ‘press’ India for ‘swift reversal’ of CAA, NRC

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A top US Senator has urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to press the Indian government for a “swift reversal” of the amended Citizenship Act and the proposed National Register of Citizens to ensure the protection of human rights of all persons in the country regardless of their religion. In a letter to Pompeo on Tuesday, Senator Bob Menendez, a Ranking Member of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed concern over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the potential for the establishment of a nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) in India. Asserting that the US must remain steadfast in defending democratic values, freedoms and human rights, he said, “I urge the Administration to engage the Indian government at the highest levels on these concerns, press for a swift reversal of these policies and practices, and ensure protection of the human rights of all persons in India regardless of their religion.…

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Police cordon and search ops targeting Muslim localities in Hyderabad see normalisation of military tactic in India’s most liveable city

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Salma (name changed), 45, had a perfectly normal afternoon. She cooked for herself and her son, had lunch and offered prayers. At 4 pm, she went to a nearby store to pick up groceries. By the time Salma returned, there were around 100 members of police personnel in her area. Residents of the locality recalled that there were at least five police vehicles stationed in the area, every approach road had at least two police personnel manning it and a couple of roads had barricades placed to restrict movement. The police had split into smaller teams and were demanding to see Aadhaar cards, vehicle registration documents and asking other questions such as whether it was an owned house or rented.…

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‘They tried to stifle the voices of our children’: Meet the women protesters who have been occupying a New Delhi street for a month

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…50-year-old mother Bahro Nisa… saw images on television of police appearing to assault students protesting at the prestigious Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMI) in the Indian capital against a controversial law that fast-tracks citizenship for non-Muslim minorities from select countries. That night, Nisa and others headed to the residential Muslim area of Shaheen Bagh to express their solidarity with the students – and oppose the controversial law that was passed on December 11 and came into effect last week. She has come every day since – and even quit her job so she could stay full time. “They tried to stifle the voices of our children,” she told CNN at Shaheen Bagh on Monday…. “So, as mothers, we decided to stand up.”…

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