Bhatkal: Thousands of people gathered in a rally called by Bhatkal’s socio-political organisation, Majlis-e-Islah wa Tanzeem, protesting against growing incidents of Mob Lynching and Hate Crimes in the country, on Friday, July 5, 2019 here.

Condemning the growing incidents of hate crimes and mob lynching of minorities in the country the Tanzeem had called for a protest march on Friday that began from Eidgah and marched till Public Chabutra here where local leaders made public addresses to create awareness among the people against the Mob lynching trend that is gripping the country.

The office bearers of Tanzeem also submitted a memorandum to the President of India through Bhatkal Assistant Commissioner. The memorandum urged the President to direct the Central and State Governments to take immediate and necessary steps to curb the fear mongering that is being done through Mob lynching and to take confidence building measures amongst the families of the victims.

The memorandum described the of mob lynching as “Murder of innocents in hands of organised mob defying the process of law intended to arouse fear and insecurity in the minds of minorities and venerable sections of the society”.

It also blamed the political class and bureaucracy of being mute spectators of the scenario, while also calling for stringent action against the accused and demanding a compensation of Rs. 50 lakh to the victims of mob lynching. The memo also urged the President to write to state governments to immediately enact anti-mob lynching laws to stop chaos in the country.

Convener of the protest committee Advocate Imran Lanka, spoke and detailed about mob lynching and presented its brief history and questioned how the Prime Minister of the country is dreaming of making India a five trillion economy while it continues to fight evils like mob lynching.

Former General Secretary of Tanzeem and senior journalist Dr. Haneef Shabab in his address strongly condemned acts of mob lynching and said “Today, Muslims in India are being treated like they are a burden on the country. Muslims were never a burden on this country, Muslims gave this country assests like Lal Qila, Taj Mahal etc. For those who asks us to go to Pakistan, let it be very clear to them, you can kill us here, we are ready to go to Qabristan (Graveyards) here but we won’t go to Pakistan. This is as much our country as much as it is yours”.

“We did not kill Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. We all know who did it and we all know who worship their killers” he added.

Moulana Abdul Aleem Khateeb also addressed the event and appealed to the people to follow the principles of Islam to deal with any and every situation that arises. “We should make our decisions wisely, we should surrender ourselves to our leaders and we should follow whatever they decide. If we react blatantly to these acts, the unity, the diversity of this country will take a hit” he noted.

Activist Idris from Udupi also addressed the event and noted that the fascist forces are trying to take over the democracy of the country and that it is high time that steps should be taken to curb the nuisance mob lynching has caused in the country.

The event began with the recitation of Holy Quran by Abubaker Ukhasha followed by Kannada translation by Raza Manvi. Tanzeem General Secretary Abdul Raqeeb MJ read out memorandum towards the conclusion of the event.

Tanzeem President SM Parvez, Former Tanzeem Vice President and JD(S) Leader Inayathullah Shabandri, Moulana Abdul Azeem Kazia, Imtiyaz Udyawar, Altaf Kharuri and others were present on the diaz during the event.

Interestingly the protesters continued the protest despite heavy showers of rain and stood out with umbrellas to express their dissent over the hate crimes.

 

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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.