A US state department representative for religious freedoms globally has expressed concern over the Citizenship Amendment Act and the US embassy in New Delhi has urged its citizens in northeast India to “exercise caution” in view of protests and disturbances in relation to the legislation.But the US government has not endorsed a call issued last week by an autonomous body — the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) — for sanctioning Indian leadership responsible for the legislation, if it was also passed in the Rajya Sabha. It did, and has been signed into a new law.Ignoring the call for sanctions, Sam Brownback, the state department’s ambassador-at-large for religious freedom sought to chide India for the legislation reminding it of its constitutional commitments. “One of #India’s great strengths is its Constitution,” he wrote on Twitter on Friday. “As a fellow democracy, we … [Read more...] about US state dept official expresses concern over new Indian citizenship law
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The legislation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act may have given some political edge to the BJP in West Bengal but the ruling party at the Centre is unlikely to get any electoral gains in Kerala. Unsurprisingly, this newly enacted law which grants citizenship to non-Muslim illegal immigrants is expected to be the utmost electoral issue in West Bengal, Assam and Kerala that go to the polls in 2021. The BJP may be hoping to wrest power in West Bengal and yearning for a second term in Assam, but in Kerala, the Act will face the first test during the three-tier local body polls next year.Various Muslim organisations and political outfits which are already peeved at the final verdict of the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid land dispute at Ayodhya are now up in arms against the contentious law which, they say, deliberately discriminates against Muslims. People from Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come to India till December 31, 2014 from Pakistan, … [Read more...] about Will BJP gain from citizenship law in State?
Email Updated October 21, 2019 18:21:13 Photo: Protests in Chile continued into the night after President Sebastian Pinera called for calm. (AP) Related Story: Three dead as Chile suspends fare hike after week of rioting, arson and violent Metro protests Related Story: I moved to one of Europe's most peaceful cities. Suddenly it felt like a war zone Related Story: Guaido poses with Venezuelan soldiers to urge 'final stage' in coup against Maduro Map: Chile Chile's Government has extended a state of emergency to cities in its north and south, as the death toll from violent clashes and arson attacks rises to at least seven. Key points:Riots erupted in the capital Santiago after an increase in public transport costsMore than 1,400 people were charged on Sunday in connection with that day's protestsThe situation has drawn comparisons with the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet The decision to extend the emergency measure came amid an "escalation of violence and … [Read more...] about Chile extends state of emergency as death toll from violent clashes rises
Seoul: North Korea said it had successfully conducted another test at a satellite launch site, the latest in a string of developments aimed at "restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the US ", state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday. The test was conducted on Friday at the Sohae satellite launch site, KCNA said, citing a spokesman for North Korea`s Academy of Defence Science, without specifying what sort of testing occurred. In a later statement carried by KCNA, Chief of the General Staff Pak Jong Chon said the tests were designed to bolster North Korea`s defences by developing new weapons. "The priceless data, experience and new technologies gained in the recent tests of defence science research will be fully applied to the development of another strategic weapon of the DPRK for definitely and reliably restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the US," he said, using the initials of North Korea`s official name, the Democratic People`s Republic of Korea. KCNA … [Read more...] about North Korea conducts new test at rocket site, aims to ‘overpower US nuclear threats’
An estimated 800,000 to 2 million religious minorities are currently being detained in internment camps in China, the Trump administration has told lawmakers, who have expressed serious concerns over the massive human rights violations in the Communist nation's Xinjiang province. The situation in resource-rich Xinjiang has been restive as the native Muslim Uighurs have been resisting increasing settlements of majority Han Chinese from other provinces. China appears to have set up a series of secret internment camps used to lock up hundreds of thousands of ethnic Chinese Muslims, whose existence has long been denied by authorities. At a Congressional hearing, Scott Busby, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State at the Bureau of the Human Right Democracy and Labour, alleged that Beijing was supporting similar repressive moves by other authoritarian regimes across the globe. "The US government assesses that since April 2017, Chinese authorities have indefinitely detained at least 800,000, … [Read more...] about 800k to 2 million religious minorities detained in Chinese internment camps: US