Highlights Of January, 2022


January, 2022

Scholars At Risk wrote to India’s President calling for the immediate release of Professor GN Saibaba, currently incarcerated in Nagpur Central Prison. SAR expressed serious concern as he tested positive for Covid-19 a second time, with his health already ailing. They sought Saibaba’s immediate release on medical grounds for urgent care.
Scholars At Risk

Gregory Stanton, the president of Genocide Watch, raised the alarm that “early warning signs” of potential genocide of Muslims were visible in India. He cautioned that genocide by mobs could be impending. His dire warning came in response to hate speeches with open calls for genocide and use of weapons against Muslims by Hindu extremist religious figures at a conclave, Haridwar Dharam Sansad, held in December 2021.
Genocide Watch

28 diaspora groups across South Africa, Australia, USA, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Scotland, Finland and New Zealand called for the arrest of the speakers voicing hate speech and calls for genocide at the Haridwar Dharm Sansad, including Yati Narsinghanand, a Hindutva figure.
Al Jazeera

On India’s 73rd Republic Day, 26th January 2022, global actors and organisations condemned the ongoing persecution of 18 students and activists under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), among other provisions. The global demand was for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all charges against the “Delhi 18”, the immediate release of the 13 – all Muslims – of the 18 who remain in jail at present for more than a year, and the repeal of the UAPA.
  • Diaspora groups released a poster series with profiles of the Delhi 18 – who they are, how long each has spent imprisoned, and the 13 who remain in jail. It also details the pattern of multiple arrests they have been subjected to.
    The World Is Watching India
  • Lee Rhiannon, a former Parliamentarian from Australia, added her voice to the calls for the dismissal of all charges against the Delhi 18, and the repeal of the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 and the UAPA.
    Lee Rhiannon in The Wire
  • David Shoebridge, a member of the New South Wales (Australia) Legislative Council, expressed his concern in a video: “Today on India’s Republic Day I with politicians and those concerned with human rights around the globe are raising my voice against the persecution of 18 brave students, activists who are being falsely branded as “terrorists” by the Indian state”.
    The World Is Watching India
  • Four international human rights groups – Front Line Defenders, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders – amplified the call for the exoneration of the Delhi 18 and call for a judicial review of the UAPA and CAA 2019.
    Front Line Defenders, CIVICUS, FIDH and OMCT

London-based law firm, Stoke White, submitted evidence to police in Britain and asked for the arrest of India’s army chief and Home Minister over their alleged roles in war crimes in Indian-administered Kashmir.
Al Jazeera

International media is following the police investigation of the makers of Bulli Bai (a pejorative term), an online hate app that hosted photos of prominent Indian Muslim women, including journalists, for a fake online “auction”. The creators of the app have admitted that they were fuelled by anti-Muslim prejudice and Hindutva extremist ideology.
Deutsche Welle

The New York Times published its investigation disclosing that the Government of India bought the spyware tool Pegasus in 2017 as part of an arms deal with Israel. India’s Ministry of Defence has given evasive answers in Parliament regarded Pegasus.
New York Times

67 civil society organisations and 15 individuals condemned the baseless, “vile Islamophobic smear campaign” directed against the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) following their participation in a Special Congressional Briefing on “Protecting India’s Pluralist Constitution” organised by an interfaith coalition of 17 organisations on India’s 73rd Republic Day.
Hindus for Human Rights and others

4 American legislators and a former Vice President of India spoke out about the ongoing attack on fundamental rights in India at the Special Congressional Briefing on “Protecting India’s Pluralist Constitution”.
American Kahani