New Delhi: Former National President of Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) a student’s wing of Jamat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) and current vice-president of JIH, Syed Sadatullah Hussaini has been elected as the Ameer (National President) of JIH for a four year term from April 2019 to March 2023.

At the age of 46 years, Syed Sadatullah Hussaini is the youngest ever Ameer of the JIH, while some have claimed Moulana Abullais Islahi (first Ameer of JIH) was the youngest to serve the position. There has been no official clarification in this regard as yet. He was the president of SIO for two consecutive terms between 1999 and 2003.

Syed Sadatullah Hussaini was elected by Jamaat’s 157 member Markazi Majlis-e Numanidgan (Council of Representatives) after thorough deliberations on all aspects and replaced Moulana Jalaluddin Umri, who served the top position of JIH from 2007 to 2019.

Born in Nanded, Maharashtra in 1973, Syed Sadatullah Hussaini holds a bachelor degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering and has authored 12 books and more than 200 articles in English and Urdu languages.

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Hong Kong, Oct 25: Amnesty International said Monday it would close its two offices in Hong Kong this year, becoming the latest non-governmental organization to cease its operations amid a crackdown on political dissent in the city.

The human rights group said its local office in Hong Kong would close this month while its regional office will close by the end of the year, with regional operations moved to other offices in the Asia-Pacific region.

This decision, made with a heavy heart, has been driven by Hong Kong's national security law, which has made it effectively impossible for human rights organizations in Hong Kong to work freely and without fear of serious reprisals from the government, Anjhula Mya Singh Bais, chair of Amnesty's board, said in a statement.

Hong Kong implemented a sweeping national security law in 2020 following months of massive anti-government protests. The law outlaws secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and foreign collusion to intervene in the city's affairs. More than 120 people, many of them supporters of the city's democracy movement, have been arrested under the law.

The majority of the city's prominent pro-democracy activists are behind bars for taking part in unauthorized assemblies, and dozens of political organizations and trade unions have ceased operations out of concern for their members' personal safety under the security law.

Bais said the recent targeting of local human rights and trade union groups signaled authorities were intensifying their campaign to rid the city of dissenting voices. It is increasingly difficult for us to keep operating in such an unstable environment, she said.

Critics in Hong Kong say the national security law is an erosion of freedoms, such as those of expression and assembly, that were promised the city for 50 years when the former British colony was handed over to China in 1997.