In the year 2019, the Hindu fascist regime of BJP decided to go after Sikhs in Punjab and the Muslims in the Kashmir, the two areas under the non-Hindu rule. There is a stark resemblance in the Indian HRAs being perpetrated in IIOJK and East Punjab. The experts are of the views that IIOJK is an experimental lab of Indian fascist state since long and Khalistan has been chosen to replicate the outcome. East Punjab is the food basket of India, where Sikh farmers are prosperous. Their hard work combined with the rich fertile land of the five rivers has given them both money and confidence. Modi conspired to take control of their lands by imposing restrictions while forcing them to sell their produce to the large Corporations denying them free market access. The Sikhs strongly retaliated. The Khalistan Referendum the International Sikh community decided to hold referendums in all important international capitals. After the very first referendum in London, where the Sikhs overwhelmingly voted to leave the Indian Union, ‘Hindutva’ caved in. Like the Kashmiris, the Sikh community now realizes the past blunder of their leadership in deciding to stay in the union. It may prove to be the unbundling of India where secularism has failed. A ‘Hindu Brahmin’ state may be in the marking where minorities will no longer exist. Considering the ongoing crackdown against Sikhs, RSS mentored BJP led Govt under Modi is going to make another IIOJK out of Punjab State. India under the leadership of Modi taking all steps to implement its Hindutva ideology in Punjab and remodeling it into another IIOJK. The wounds, caused to Sikhs nation in the wake of a military operation “Operation Blue Star” launched in 1984, are yet to heal Modi government has started another brutal crackdown on Sikhs. Tension prevails in all parts of the state and among Sikh diaspora all over the world, over the police action. The police have imposed Section 144 in many districts and announced to shut down the internet. Demonstrations have also taken place in all over Punjab against the police action. Legal advisor to ‘Waris Punjab De’, Imaan Sigh Khara stated that Punjab Police arrested Amritpal Singh and they are afraid that Amritpal will be killed in a fake encounter. Besides this, thousands Sikhs took part in the second phase of Khalistan Referendum voting at the Brisbane Convention. However, such actions are a part of sinister plan yet to unfold. But, Modi is trying to Hinduize the Sikh majority Punjab. It is pertinent to mention here that there is severe tension in Indian Punjab at the moment and the internet is closed in most areas.
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London police institutionally racist and sexist, major review finds
London’s Metropolitan Police is institutionally racist, misogynistic and homophobic and unable to police itself, an independent review said on Tuesday, heaping pressure on the Met’s new chief to reform Britain’s biggest police force.
The review was commissioned by the then-head of the Met, Cressida Dick, in 2021 after a serving officer, Wayne Couzens, was sentenced to life in prison for the rape and murder of a young woman, Sarah Everard, in a case that shocked the country and put a spotlight on the force’s broader work culture.
But since then, another officer, David Carrick, was also jailed for life for dozens of rapes and sexual assaults stretching back two decades, and several other Met scandals have emerged.
“This report is rigorous, stark and unsparing. Its findings are tough and for many will be difficult to take. But it should leave no one in any doubt about the scale of the challenge,” Louise Casey, who led the review, said in its foreword.
Casey, a member of parliament’s upper house, found severe failings across the Met that required “radical” reform.
Asked if there could be more officers like Couzens and Carrick — who at one point served in the same armed unit protecting MPs and foreign diplomats — Casey said: “I cannot sufficiently assure you that that is not the case.”
“It is the police’s job to keep us safe as the public,” she said. “Far too many Londoners have now lost faith in policing to do that.”
The report, which identified “systemic and fundamental problems” within the Met including “inadequate management”, made 16 recommendations that would constitute a “complete overhaul”.
“We have found widespread bullying, discrimination, institutional homophobia, misogyny and racism, and other unacceptable behaviors,” the report said, adding “women and children do not get the protection and support they deserve”.
Failure to reform could mean the force, which polices more than eight million people over 1,605 square kilometers in the British capital, would be broken up, Casey warned.
“The bottom line is this if an organisation can’t fix itself then there has to change,” she told BBC radio.
But she noted: “The tougher thing is to ask the organisation to change its culture and to do a better job.”
The Met had failed to protect its female staff and the public from “police perpetrators of domestic abuse, nor those who abuse their position for sexual purposes”, her report stated.
“Time and time again, those complaining are not believed or supported. They are treated badly, or face counter-claims from those they have accused,” it said.
The 363-page review also said an “absence of vigilance” meant that “predatory and unacceptable behaviour has been allowed to flourish”.
Racism also exists within the force, with discrimination “often ignored” and complaints “likely to be turned against Black, Asian and ethnic minority officers”.
The Met’s investigations of crimes was also criticised, with the review saying that the force relied on “over-stuffed, dilapidated or broken fridges and freezers” to store forensic evidence.
A lunchbox was found in the same fridge as forensic samples in rape cases, and some appliances were so full they were strapped shut.
One fridge broke down, meaning the evidence inside could no longer be used, the report found.
The findings come more than two decades after a 1999 inquiry into the murder of Black teenager Stephen Lawrence identified institutional racism within the force.
Defensiveness and denial
Finding that policing by consent was broken in the capital, the review said the biggest barrier to fixing the force was the Met’s culture of defensiveness and denial about the scale of its problems.
Met Commissioner Mark Rowley, Britain’s most senior police officer, told reporters: “We’ve let Londoners down and we’ve let our own frontline down and this report paints that vividly […] I’m deeply sorry.”
“It (the report) generates a whole series of emotions: anger, frustration, embarrassment… But most of all, it generates resolve,” he added.
He said the force’s professional standards department had been “stepped up,” and that with their help “we are sacking officers at a faster rate.” Still, he said the job was not done yet.
“I can’t say I have reduced the risk of a bad officer to zero yet, but every day we’re rooting people out and we’re making progress,” he said, when asked if there were still officers accused of crimes such as murder, rape and domestic abuse serving in the force.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said trust in the police had been “hugely damaged”.
“What we need to do is now make sure that that won’t be repeated, that we can regain people’s trust and I know that the police commissioner is committed to doing that,” he told BBC television.
The report said the force needed strong leadership, a women’s protection service, and a new children’s strategy, among other recommendations for reform.
“It’s incredibly important we use this opportunity, one of the darkest days in the history of the Met police service, to ensure there is nobody who is in denial,” Mayor of London Sadiq Khan told BBC Radio.
Shocking and Unacceptable: UN Sounds Alarm on India’s History of Racial Discrimination, Brutality, and Inequality.
21st March is being observed as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination across the world. The day aims to raise awareness about equality and marks as an initiative to end all forms of racism and racial discrimination and calls all sections of society to stand up against intolerant attitudes. International peace and human rights organizations reports have revealed that India’s Hindu extremist government, through RSS has made horrifying life for Muslims, Christians, Dalits, and Sikhs. Bihar has a notorious record for crimes against Dalits. In 2021, 139045 incidents against Dalits were filed in various states. According to United Christian Forum, violence against Christians has geared up in New Delhi, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, and Chhattisgarh since 2018, with perpetrators accusing them of forcefully converting Hindus. In the year 2021, the number of violent incidents against Christians jumped to 486, while 279 in 2020. During a congressional briefing in the US, Dr Gregory Stanton also warned that genocide would continue in India unless the international community played its part in confronting the “Hindutva” ideology. India has entered into a very critical phase of communal strife after the Hindu zealots led by RSS-inspired BJP leaders openly called for the genocide of the Muslims and persecution of other minorities through tacit extreme ploys. Professor of human rights law at American University in Washington, DC. Juan E Mendez has termed the communal situation in India, “dangerous” and “deeply disturbing”. From genocide in Kashmir to suppression of religious minorities, India has become an apartheid state where human rights and equality have become a far-flung idea. US and EU must rise above their economic and strategic interests and call for the protection of human rights in Indian minorities and Kashmiris in IIOJK.
G-20 Summit in IIOJK: A Smokescreen for Distorting Kashmir’s Freedom Struggle? Canada’s NDP Calls for Boycott as India Plans to Evade International Scrutiny of Human Rights Abuse in Kashmir.
Kashmir is an UN-recognized disputed territory and India wants to distort reality about the Kashmir’s freedom struggle by holding a G-20 summit in IIOJK. G-20 summit in IIOJK is a smokescreen aimed at diverting international attention from massive human rights violations being perpetrated by Indian troops in IIOJK. Recently, Canada’s News Democratic Party (NDP) asked its government to boycott G-20 events planned in IIOJK, citing discriminatory anti-minority laws, its threats of ethnic cleansing, persecution of minorities, and the arrests of journalists and human rights activists. International community is well aware of the that lasting peace in South Asia can only be guaranteed by granting the people of IIOJK their inalienable right to self-determination as pledged to them in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. It is pertinent to mention that India is likely to face serve diplomatic fallout for its deceitful intent in holding an event in IIOJK. Diplomatic circles in China, Canada and Turkey have sounded their concern, KSA is likely to oppose any such attempt by Indian government. Indian government’s decision to use an international platform to pursue its nefarious design openly defying UN charter is highly objectionable act and be condemned by international stake holders and organizations. India is trying to set a wrong precedence which will serious undermine the credibility of international forums like G-20.
“Amnesty International Calls Out Human Rights Abuses in IIOJK; Mr. Fahim Kiyani and Ms. Astrid Laich Speak Out at Birmingham Press Conference!”
Amnesty International UK and other officials from Amnesty International have been at the forefront of defending human rights in the United Kingdom and around the world for decades. Through advocacy, campaigning, and research, Amnesty International UK has sought to protect and uphold the human rights of people from all walks of life. As we continue to fight for justice and freedom around the world, it is important to recognize the work that Amnesty International UK and other officials have done to promote these values. In this blog, we will explore the stories of the people and the work of Amnesty International that have made an impact in the United Kingdom and the world at large.
Human rights are at the forefront of minds across the globe. The UK’s Tehreek e Kashmir, alongside Amnesty International’s Bournville branch, have joined forces to host a press briefing in Birmingham. This meeting aims to raise awareness of the ongoing demolition/bulldozing of houses in the Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, and the other severe human rights violations taking place in the region.
It was a day on 15 March 2023, when Mr. Fahim Kiyani, President of Tehreek e Kashmir (UK), had a press briefing along with Ms. Astrid Laich, Secretary of the Bournville branch of Amnesty International (UK), and other officials of Amnesty International at Birmingham.
The illustrious gathering of officials discussed the issues plaguing the Indian-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). In particular, the grave human rights violations that are taking place in the region were discussed. According to the officials of Amnesty International, the institution has recently documented the demolition of residential houses in IIOJK. This demolition happened without any due process or legal justification. This has been taking place since the region was stripped of its autonomy and special constitutional status in August 2019.
The officials of Amnesty International expressed that it was highly disheartening to see the blatant human rights violations in IIOJK. This has included restrictions on freedom of expression, unlawful arrests, extra-judicial detentions and torture of political activists, widespread internet shutdowns, and intense surveillance.
Amnesty International has raised its voice in condemning these human rights violations and has continued to work for the protection of rights and justice for the people of the region. Furthermore, Amnesty International has constantly been working with civil society organizations in IIOJK to ensure access to justice and remedies for the victims.
The stern views and concerns of Amnesty International UK will always be echoed by millions of people who are raising their voices demanding justice and an end to human rights violations in IIOJK. We can only hope and pray that justice prevails and the human rights violations in IIOJK come to an end.