Muslims protest in Delhi against Rohingyas killings

Updated 11 April 2013

Muslims protest in Delhi against Rohingyas killings

Indian Muslim organizations and human rights bodies protested against the atrocities and cruel activities being meted out against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
The protest organized by All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat condemned the Myanmar government for its inaction to stop violence against Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine (Arakan) state.
The protest was to be staged in front of Myanmar Embassy in Nyay Marg, but Delhi police stopped the protesters at Teen Morti Marg near Chankyapuri police station.
The persecution of Rohingyas started way back in the 1960s. In 1982, under a strange law, they were stripped of their Burmese citizenship, as they had to prove that their ancestors lived in Burma way back in 1832.
“No such law exists anywhere in the world and most Burmese will lose their citizenship if applied on all people in the country,” said one protester.
Rohingyas have lived in that part of Burma continuously for around a thousand years and have ruled the area for centuries. As a result of this persecution and maintaining curfew-like situation in Rohingya towns and villages, close to a million have fled to the neighboring countries especially Bangladesh. The current wave of persecution and ethnic cleansing spearheaded by Buddhist monks started in February last year when murder, destruction and torching of thousands of houses and community facilities and expulsion of Rohingyas from their villages started with the connivance of the Burmese government. An estimated 150,000 Rohingyas have since fled their country taking refuge in Bangladesh, India, Thailand and Malaysia where they live in pitiful conditions. Many have died while attempting to flee in small boats.
“We find it highly disappointing that supporters of the on-going democracy process in Myanmar, led by the Nobel Laureate Ang San SuuKyi, have refused to stand for these hapless citizens of Burma. We condemn the inaction by the Myanmar government and ask our own government as well as the international community to stand by the Rohingya people in their hour of need and pressure the Myanmar junta to mend its ways and apply to the Rohingyas same principles which are applied to other citizens,” said Mohammad Ahmad, secretary-general of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.
Meanwhile, JIH expressed concern over conviction of Bangladesh Jamaat leaders for alleged 1971 war crimes without giving them full opportunity to defend.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had withdrawn all the cases against them by declaring general amnesty.
Jamaat appealed to international organizations including the Non-Aligned Movement, SAARC and Organization of Islamic Cooperation to pressure Bangladesh government to stop its oppressive practices against Jamaat leaders.


Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong arrested for 2019 ‘unlawful assembly’

Updated 24 September 2020

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong arrested for 2019 ‘unlawful assembly’

  • The 23-year-old pro-democracy figure said on Twitter he was being held for violating the “draconian anti-mask law”
HONG KONG: Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong was arrested on Thursday in relation to a protest at the height of the city’s pro-democracy unrest last year, his lawyer said.
The detention of the city’s most high-profile dissident is the latest in a string of arrests of government critics and comes after China imposed a sweeping new national security law on Hong Kong in late June.
He was arrested for “unlawful assembly” over a 2019 demonstration against a government ban on face masks that was imposed before the coronavirus pandemic, his lawyer said.
The 23-year-old pro-democracy figure said on Twitter he was also being held for violating the “draconian anti-mask law,” which has since been ruled unconstitutional.
Wong’s lawyer told AFP he was arrested when he reported to a police station concerning another case against him, for which he is currently on trial.
“Wong is accused of participating in an unlawful assembly on October 5 last year, when hundreds marched to oppose an anti-mask ban the government rolled out,” lawyer Jonathan Man said.
The march that day came after much of the city had ground to a halt with the subway suspended and many shops and malls shuttered following a night of violence.
Hundreds of protesters, almost all masked, staged the unsanctioned demonstration through the popular shopping district of Causeway Bay, a day after the city’s leader Carrie Lam outlawed masks by invoking colonial-era emergency powers not used for half a century.
The act of resistance came after a night of widespread chaos as hardcore protesters trashed dozens of subway stations, vandalized shops with mainland China ties, built fires and blocked roads. Many chanted “No rioters, only tyranny” and other popular protest slogans.
At the time of the march, Hong Kong had already been battered by four months of increasingly violent pro-democracy protests.