28 December 2019

FLASH NEWS (MID DAY): Indian students in Israel protest against CAA, NRC in front of Indian embassy, they also condemn shut down in Kashmir / In Yogi’s UP there is no Ram Rajya: blind eye to property destroyed by police and BJP, Sangh supporters


 Indian students in Israel protest against CAA, NRC in front of Indian embassy, they also condemn shut down in Kashmir  
Tel Aviv:About 2 dozen Indian students from various research institutes in Israel staged a silent protest in front of the Indian embassy here on Friday against the amended citizenship law and the proposed National Register of Citizens, terming them acts of "state-sponsored instrument of class and religious persecution".Holding Indian flags and posters with captions - "CAA is non-secular", "students at work, country under construction", "we built statue of liberty, now we want social unity" and "criticism is integral to any democracy, listen to youth''s ''mann ki baat''", the students mainly from Weizmann Institute and Tel Aviv University stood in front of the Indian mission for several hours, braving inclement weather.The students also condemned the violence and use of "excessive force against our fellow peers and other citizens in India".They termed the CAA and NRC as "acts of state-sponsored instrument of class and religious persecution"."We call upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah not to curb our fundamental right of freedom of expression and peaceful protest," the students said in a statement. "CAA in combination with the proposed NRC fundamentally contradicts the right to equality and secularism as per Article 14 and Article 15 of our Constitution respectively and can be used as a tool for harassment of bonafide Indians, as is already being witnessed in Assam. Where is the promise Ambedkar made?" it said.With the "abuse of state machinery" to suppress the voice of dissent, destruction of property, the arrests of academics and students, the civilian casualties, India continues to be in search of achhe din, it said.The students also accused the Indian government of spreading misinformation and attempting to incite communal riots and dividing the society on the basis of caste and religion.They also condemned the "shut down of basic human rights in Kashmir for over 144 days".Several Indian researchers at Israeli institutes told PTI that the protest was sparked after intense internal debates in the student community.They said while a lot of them were agitated against "police brutality" on students, most of them did not want to come out in protest on the issue of CAA and NRC.Meanwhile, local daily Ha''aretz published a full page story on its Thursday issue with the headlines, "Indian Prime Minister wants a Hindu Rashtra and the Muslim citizens are paying the price for it".PTI
 'Stop Brutality Against Protestors': Indian techies across globe, pen open letter against CAA, NRC
A group of Indian and Indian-origin professionals working with tech giants like Google, Uber, Amazon and Facebook have written an open letter against the new religion-based citizenship law and the planned national register of citizens, terming them as "fascist".They urged business leaders like Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella and Mukesh Ambani to "take a stance and publicly denounce the fascist acts by the Indian government".The letter by 'TechAgainstFascism' on online publishing platform Medium also urged the leaders to refuse to shut off the Internet at the "government's whim" and to ensure that content moderation is not skewing pro-government.This comes at a time when thousands of Indians across the country are protesting the amended citizenship law and the planned NRC. On several occasions, these protests turned violent and have left around 20 dead and several injured in clashes with the police."We - engineers, researchers, analysts, and designers - of the technology industry, unflinchingly condemn the fascist Indian government and the brutality it enacts on citizens. The state-sponsored brutality against protestors must stop immediately," the letter said.These employees -- who claim to be located across San Francisco, Seattle, London, Israel and Bengaluru -- added that the opinions expressed are their own and do not reflect those of their employers.The employees called upon technology leaders like Sundar Pichai (Alphabet), Satya Nadella (Microsoft), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jack Dorsey (Twitter), Dara Khosrowshahi (Uber), Mukesh Ambani (Jio), Gopal Vittal (Bharti Airtel), Kalyan Krishnamurthy (Flipkart), and Shantanu Narayen (Adobe) to "take a stance and publicly denounce the fascist acts by the Indian government".PTI
 CAA May Affect Status Of India’s Muslims: US Congress report
India’s amended citizenship law, along with a NRC, planned by the Modi government "may affect the status" of Muslim minority in the country, a report by Congressional Research Service has said. The report also said that for the first time in independent India's history, a religious criterion has been added to the country's naturalisation process. CRS is an independent research wing of US Congress which prepares reports periodically on issues of domestic and global importance for the lawmakers to take informed decision. These are not considered as official reports of the U.S. Congress."In tandem with a NRC planned by the federal government, the CAA may affect the status of India's large Muslim minority of roughly 200 million," said the CRS in its first ever report on the amended citizenship law.“India’s Citizenship Act of 1955 prohibited illegal immigrants from becoming citizens. Among numerous amendments to the act since 1955, none contained a religious aspect,” the CRS said in its two-page report.The changes sparked significant controversy, including large-scale and sometimes violent protests. Opponents of the CAA warn that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his BJP are pursuing a Hindu majoritarian, anti-Muslim agenda that threatens India's status as an officially secular republic and violates international human rights norms, it said. CRS claims that the amendment's key provisions allowing immigrants of six religions from three countries a path to citizenship while excluding Muslims may violate certain Articles of the Indian Constitution, in particular Articles 14 and 15.PTI
 Expert had told House panel on CAB: Don’t name religions, just say persecuted minorities
New Delhi :PROMINENT CONSTITUTIONAL expert and former secretary general of the Lok Sabha, Subhash Kashyap, had warned the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill two years ago that the legislation should omit any “reference to religions like Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis, etc.” — and use only “persecuted minorities”.Tendering evidence before the JPC on CAB 2016, Kashyap suggested that “persecuted minorities” would include all those whom the legislation aimed to cover. “My view was that it would have meant the same thing. I had said it to the Joint Parliamentary Committee. It was not necessary for them to specify Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, etc. They could have achieved the purpose without that, too,” Kashyap said. Indian Express.
 CAA protest: In show of solidarity, Kerala church choir performs wearing skull caps, headscarves
Thiruvananthapuram :As protests continue across the country against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, a church in Kerala decided to show its solidarity this Christmas season by having Christmas carollers wear skull caps and headscarves during their performance.On December 23, in front of the altar at St Thomas Mar Thoma Church in Kozhenchery in Pathanamthitta district, the male carollers donned skull caps and the women wore headscarves and performed Mappila — traditional songs sung by the Muslim community — renditions of traditional carols.Mar Thoma Church is a non-Catholic Christian community and the St Thomas Church at Kozhenchery is a prominent parish.Daniel T Philip, the church’s assistant parish priest, “We wanted to pledge solidarity with all communities, including Muslims, who are worried about the new citizenship law. As we are celebrating Christmas, there is a grave concern among minorities, particularly among Muslims, whether they would become refugees in this country. We wanted to share their concern and express solidarity with them.”indianexpress
 Jamia Students Observe Day-log Hunger Strike against Alleged Police Brutality During Anti-CAA Protests
Jamia Millia Islamia students on Friday observed a day-long hunger strike against alleged police brutality during the protests against the amended citizenship law.The students demanded an impartial judicial inquiry into the deaths and violent action during the agitation, release of illegally detained protestors and the arrest of those involved in violence. Their other demands included medical aid to those injured in alleged police brutalities, compensation to those whose property were destroyed in police action and end to arbitrary communications blackout.The Jamia Coordination Committee, which comprises various political parties on the campus, alleged police have responded to peaceful protests violently and brutally since the agitation began on Dec.12. The students were joined by members of the public in their protest against the "outrightly discriminatory" Citizenship Amendment Act and the "genocidal step" of creating an NRC, they said."If the government does not take immediate tangible action on these demands by January 1, we will give a call for nationwide hunger strikes in other universities and relay hunger strike will be held in Jamia for these demands," the JCC said.PTI
 Kerala: BJP deflecting focus from Citizenship Act protests, allege Jamia students
KOZHIKODE: Aysha Renna, Ladeeda Farzana and Shaheen Abdulla, three Keralite students of Jamia Millia Islamia University, have become the faces of resistance now.The protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) kick-started by Jamia students and the way the three bravely fought police excesses in their university have had reverberations across the country. Newindianexpress caught up with the students, who were here to participate in a programme, titled ‘Festival of Ideas and Resistance’, on Friday. “Many brutal atrocities on the protesters are going unreported in Uttar Pradesh. Mohammad Sageer, an eight-year-old boy, was playing in Varanasi’s Bajardiha area when a crowd came running to protect themselves from the police. Sageer died of police baton-charge,” laments Shaheen, an MA Convergent Journalism student who hails from Villyapally near Vadakara. Aysha, MA History student from Kondotty, told New indianexpress that BJP’s round-the-clock functioning IT Cell focuses more on her alleged “Islamic politics” rather than the issue the students raised.“The comment about Yakub Memon in my Facebook page in 2015 has been used by BJP IT personnel now to deflect the attention from what is actually happening today against Muslims and other minority sections,” said Aysha. Later, speaking at the function organised by Students Islamic Organisation (SIO), the three students, including Ladeeda, BA Arabic student from Kannur, said they would not be satisfied even if the CAA-NRC plans are dropped, but they would uphold the politics of SIO till BJP steps down. newindianexpress
 Protests at UP Bhavan, Jama Masjid, many detained
Protesters, who had come to UP Bhavan here to demonstrate against FIRs filed by UP police against AMU, were detained on Friday by Delhi police.Ahead of the protest, UP Bhavan was corralled under heavy police deployment. Roads approaching the building located in the posh diplomatic area were barricaded at several pointsProtesters who managed to reach the building were forcefully detained in police vans. Despite protesters demanding a reason for their detention, police didn't give any.A protest was also staged at Jama Masjid during the day. Exactly a week back, the site of protests at nearby Delhi Gate had turned violent after few protesters resorted to pelting stones at the police standing behind the barricades. To contain them, the police had trained water cannons at them followed by a lathicharge in which several protesters were badly injured.Flag marches were conducted in some areas of the northeast district in the national capital and heavy police force was deployed in parts of the city ahead of Friday prayers and protests calls by some organisations against the amended citizenship act, police said.The police organised flag marches in northeast Delhi's Seelampur, Jafrabad, Welcome and Mustafabad areas, they said.Heavy police deployment was also witnessed in Jamia Nagar, Jama Masjid and Chanakyapuri areas, the police said. telegraphindia
 CAA protests: Hundreds march towards PM residence with hands tied, stopped by police
New Delhi:Hundreds of people with their hands tied marching towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence to demand the release of Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and to protest against the amended Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) were stopped by the police on Friday.Amid heavy security arrangement and drone surveillance, the protesters including Bhim Army members started from Dargah Shah-e-Mardan in Jor Bagh in the national capital and were stopped by police at a barricade en-route PM Modi’s residence at Lok Kalyan Marg. They participated in the march with their hands tied, saying they did it so that they could not be blamed for violence and arson during the protest.“We have tied our hands and are protesting so tomorrow they do not attack us and lie that we were not protesting peacefully,” said Majid Jamal, one of the participants in the protest.thestatesman
 CAA protest peaceful, 350 detained in Delhi
 Delhi Police film protests, run its images through face recognition software to screen crowd
New Delhi :Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Ramlila Maidan rally on Dec.22 — where he said there was no talk of NRC — was the first political rally where Delhi Police used a facial recognition software to screen the crowd.This was also the first time Delhi Police used a set of facial images collected from footage filmed at the city’s various protest events to filter “law and order suspects” at the Prime Minister’s rally.Following a Delhi High Court order in a case related to missing children, the Delhi Police had acquired Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) software in March 2018 as a tool to identify lost and found boys and girls by matching photos.Sources said Delhi Police has so far created a photo dataset of over 1.5 lakh “history-sheeters” for routine crime investigation. Another dataset meant for monitoring sensitive public events has over 2000 images of terror suspects and — the latest addition — alleged “rabble-rousers and miscreants”.indian express
 Muslims in Bulandshahr Pay Rs 6 Lakh for Damage to Public Property During Anti-CAA Protests
Members of the Muslim community in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh handed over a demand draft of Rs 6,27,507 to the district administration on Friday. The administration was present in the Upper Kot area of the district to ensure that Friday prayers were conducted peacefully.After the prayers, members of the community met DM Ravinder Kumar and SSP Santosh Kumar and handed over the demand draft. The locals also handed over roses to officers of the district administration."With this, Bulandshahr has made a good start, they have realised that the government property has been bought from the tax-payers money. It is their own loss and damage,” Kumar said. "The people in Bulandshahr have come with an 'avedan' (request) letter and a demand draft of Rs 6,27,507. People have felt this (violence) should not have happened." he added.However, there have also been several reports and CCTV footage showing the police burning properties of local residents in the state.news18
124 Arrested By UP Cops For "Inciting Content", 19,000 Social Media Accounts Reported
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Police has arrested 124 people in the last one week for posting "inciting content" on social media. The crackdown by the police comes at a time when the state is on the edge after violent protests in many parts over the new citizenship law.Close to 20,000 social media, with over 9,000 Twitter and Facebook profiles, have been reported.ndtv
 In Yogi’s UP there is no Ram Rajya: blind eye to property destroyed by police and BJP, Sangh supporters
The spokesman of Uttar Pradesh Government issued a press note earlier this week stating that 498 people were issued notices for arson during anti-CAA protest across the state with maximum 148 being booked in Meerut. A sum of Rupees 6 lakhs were even collected from the people by way of compensation for damage to public property, the state claimed. While the state took recourse to a Supreme Court guideline and an order of the Allahabad High Court, it conveniently disregarded the part of the guideline which maintained that the penalty could be levied and collected only after a trial and conviction. Without a trial and conviction, the notices and the collection, say legal experts, are illegal.While the CM and his ministers and officials are silent on this part of the guideline, they are also quiet on the property damaged by policemen in uniform. A large number of video clips and footage have emerged to show policemen destroying even CCTV cameras, private vehicles, parts of mosques and individual homes. The argument that the police had to break doors to get inside is unconvincing in view of the clips circulating on social media.Complaints are pouring in against the police with graphic details of how the policemen tormented people, particularly Muslims in Muzaffarnagar, Rampur, Kanpur, Bijnor and Sambhal while arresting alleged rioters. They forcibly entered houses at night while they could have cordoned off the area and arrested the people in the morning. They are seen damaging property and misbehaving with women. The videos show police damaging cars and two-wheelers parked in lanes and bylanes of the localities. Going by the complaints property worth several Crore are said to have been damaged by the police in Lucknow alone.“This government is harassing innocent people. First, the people were beaten up and booked in false cases and now the family members are receiving recovery notices. If the government is so keen about recovery it should also pay compensation to people whose properties were damaged by police,” Akhilesh Yadav, the national president of SP said.He told this reporter that law should even handed and apllicable equally to everyone. If people have damaged public property and are being asked to pay compensation, the police too should be asked to pay compensation. A similar notice should also be served to policemen who are identified through CCTVs and mobile video clips.The majority of the people who have got the notice are poor.nationalheraldindia
Meerut SP tells protesters go to Pak if you don’t want to live here; his defence: they raised pro-Pak slogans
Muzaffarnagar :A top police officer in Meerut has been caught on camera asking local residents to tell protesters to “go to Pakistan” during clashes on Dec.20, when four persons died during protests against the new citizenship law.The video clip, shot in Lisari Gate, shows SP City Akhilesh N Singh saying: “Kahan jaoge, is gali ko theek kar doonga (Where will you go, I will sort out this lane)”, referring to four protesters police were chasing.The officer then turns to three persons and says: “Yeh jo kaali aur peeli patti baande huye hain inse keh do Pakistan chale jao…khaoge yahan ka, gaoge kahin aur ka… Yeh gali mujhe yaad ho gayi hai. Aur jab mujhe yaad ho jaata hai toh mein naani tak pahunch jaata hun (The ones tying black and yellow bands, tell them to go to Pakistan. You eat here but sing praises of another place… This lane is now familiar to me. And once I remember, I can even reach your grandmother).”In the video, the officer, surrounded by other personnel, can also be seen warning the three men standing at the junction of two lanes. “Agar kuch ho gaya toh tum log keemat chukaoge… Har ek-ek aadmi ko jail mein bandh karoonga (If something happens, you guys will pay the price. Every man from each house will be arrested),” the official can be heard saying.indianexpress
‘We Are Example For the Country’: UP CM Yogi Praises His Crackdown
Justifying the Uttar Pradesh crackdown on protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took to Twitter on Friday, and wrote that the state government’s actions have “shocked every protester.” The official Twitter handle of the office of chief minister tweeted, “Every rioter is shocked. Every troublemaker is shocked. Seeing the strictness of the Yogi government, everyone is silent. Do anything, now the compensation will be from the one who did the damage, this is Yogi ji's announcement. Every violent protester will cry now because there is a Yogi government in UP.”He ended his tweet with the hashtag ‘#TheGreat_CmYogi’.THE QUINT
 The revenge of the ‘yogi’ in Adityanath’s ‘Ram Rajya’: high level judicial inquiry needed to examine excesses

 Splinter In JD(U) Over CAA? Minority Cell Leader Tenders Resignation After Prashant Kishor
JD(U) leader Khwaja Shahid, on Friday tendered his resignation from the party after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's stand over the newly implemented Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Shahid's resignation, who held the post of JDU's minority cell, comes after the party leaders supported CAA and also days after party Vice President Prashant Kishor aired his concerns over the Act and offered his resignation. Kishor also deleted his designation from his Twitter bio. However, CM Nitish Kumar has not accepted his resignation yet. However, Party President and CM, Nitish Kumar opposed NDA alliance, as he stated that asserted that NRC will not be implemented in the state. Kumar's statements made him the first from NDA camp to have voiced disapproval of the proposed move to have an all India NRC which triggered country-wide tension and protests. republicworld
 Rahul Gandhi says ‘NRC, NPR more disastrous than demonetisation’
New Delhi :Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that the National Popular Register (NPR) and the NRC will prove to be “more disastrous for the people” than the note ban in Nov.2016. Speaking on the sidelines of the party’s 135th foundation day at the AICC headquarters in the national capital, Rahul alleged that the basic idea behind the exercises was to ask all poor people whether they are Indian or not.“His (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) 15 friends will not have to show any document and the money generated will go into the pockets of those 15 people,” he said, referring to his allegation that the government was working for the benefit of “15 crony capitalists”. “This will be more disastrous for the people than demonetisation. This will have twice the impact of demonetization,” he added.indianexpress
CAA: More than 2 lakh take out rally in Aurangabad
More than two lakh people under the banner of 20 Muslim organizations and other parties include Congress on Friday took out a rally to voice their anger and protest to the Citizenship Amendment Act, NRC in Aurangabad in Maharashtra.The organizations that participated in Friday’s massive rally were Jamiat-e-Hind, Jamathe Islami Hind, AIMIM, Muslim Awami Committee, Tameere Millat, Muslim Lawyers Forum, Doctors Forum and Raza Academy.Congress, NCP, RJD and Samajwadi Party workers alo joined the rally.The Aurangabad city police have deployed heavy
 Gujarat: Modasa observes bandh to protest CAA and NRC
Modasa :Hundreds of shops at multiple market places in Modasa town of Aravalli district, including Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) wholesale market, were closed on Friday as the area observed a shutdown in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and NRC.The bandh, called by Aravalli Muslim Coordination Committee, was observed in select pockets of Modasa, even as Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel arrived in the town to inaugurate a newly built circuit house.The area wore a deserted look since Friday morning as shops were shut in market complexes from Hajira to College Road in Modasa town. The otherwise busy ‘Makhdoom’ intersection of Modasa was also near empty.“This is our way of holding a symbolic protest against the draconian CAA, NRC and now NPR. We have realised that it is a prolonged fight and we have a long way to go. When the protests against CAA had begun across India, the residents of Modasa decided to wait and watch. The escalation of violence in Ahmedabad during the protests weakened our spirits but then we realised that by doing a non-violent protest, we can ensure that the spirit of our community doesn’t weaken further. We were told by the police that no permission will be given for a rally or a protest, so we decided to shut down our businesses for a day as a symbolic protest,” said Suleiman Khan, convener, Muslim Coordination Committee.The biggest effect of the bandh was seen at APMC market complex, which is the single biggest agricultural market in Aravalli and Sabarkantha, as it observed complete shutdown with over a 1,000 shops remaining closed on Friday.Indian Express
 Gujarat: BJP leaders greet Pakistani nationals with flowers in Rajkot
Rajkot :Amid protests against the new citizenship law across the country, BJP Thursday organised an event where families of Sodha community from Pakistan who are living in Rajkot on long-term visa (LTV) were greeted with flowers.The party organised a meeting of intellectuals and party workers in Swaminarayan Gurukul, a school run by monks of Swaminarayan sect on Gondal Road of the city, to “raise public awareness about the Citizenship Amendment Act and to welcome Pakistani nationals living in India”.Gujarat BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya, Rajkot MP Mohan Kundariya, BJP’s Rajkot district unit president Devraj Sakhiya, former minister Jasuben Korat, local BJP MLAs and other local leaders of the party presented bouquets of flowers to the Pakistani nationals.indianexpress

 In new holiday list, Ladakh drops Martyr’s Day, Sheikh Abdullah birthday
Srinagar :2 holidays observed by the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir do not figure in the holiday list for year 2020 for the Union Territory of Ladakh.Earlier, July 13 was observed as Martyrs’ Day, commemorating the deaths of 22 people killed when the forces of Maharaja Hari Singh opened fire on them on this day in 1931. Meanwhile, December 5 is the birth anniversary of former J&K prime minister and chief minister Sheikh Abdullah, who was also the founder of the National Conference.However, neither finds place in the new holiday list prepared for the newly formed Union Territory of Ladakh. An order dated December 26, which was issued by General Administration Department of the UT of Ladakh, states that the list has been prepared with the order of Lt Governor of Ladakh.indianexpress
 Day after his removal, deputy mayor of Srinagar held for fraud
Srinagar :Srinagar’s former Deputy Mayor Sheikh Imran has been arrested for “illegal appropriation of subsidy,” the Jammu and Kashmir Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) said on Friday.“Case FIR 3/2019 was registered by ACB against Shiekh Imran Director M/S Kehwa Square Pvt. Ltd. Bohri Kadal Srinagar, officers of J&K Bank and other Govt officials, for illegal appropriation of subsidy with inflated project cost for establishment of CA storage at Lassipora, Pulwama,” the ACB said in a statement.Earlier this year, the ACB had registered a case against Imran and other officials.indianexpress

 Move to merge cadres: With postcards, petitions to PM, railway officers intensify stir
New Delhi :From next week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will start receiving thousands of postcards from serving Railway officers demanding a rollback of his Cabinet’s decision to unify all railway cadres into one.Thousands of postcards are being readied to be sent to Modi and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, signed by civil servants and others from Railways, demanding two unified services — one technical and one non-technical — instead of one for civil servants. A separate petition addressed to the PM and Goyal, signed by aggrieved officers from all 68 divisions of Indian Railways, is being mobilised, too, rebutting the justification for one unified cadre.“Merger of services will hurt the development of Railways and safety of passengers. #NoToIRMS #yestotwoservices #SaveIndianRailways,” say the postcards, addressed to Prime Minister of India, Raisina Hill, New Delhi. Some postcards simply say “No To IRMS” and “Yes to two services”.indianexpress
Railway officials write to PM Modi, oppose move to merge 8 services

 Delhi temperature drops to 2.4 degrees, brace for coldest New Year's Eve: IMD
Delhi continues to shiver morning as the national capital recorded its coldest day of the season today. At 6.10 am, the temperature plummeted to 2.4 degrees Celsius, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD). The national capital is all set to witness the coldest New Year's Eve as heavy downpour is expected in the city, according to the Met department.The Safdarjung observatory, which provides official figures for Delhi, recorded the lowest temperature of the season at 2.4 degrees Celsius in the morning.At 8.30 am today, Delhi temperature recorded as 1.7 Degrees Celsius at Lodhi Road, 3.1 Degrees Celsius at Palam and 1.9 Degree Celsius at Aya Nagar, according to IMD officials.livemint
Delhi in for second-coldest December since 1901

 UN condemns human rights abuses against Myanmar's Rohingya
UN General Assembly approved a resolution Friday strongly condemning human rights abuses against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims and other minorities, including arbitrary arrests, torture, rape and deaths in detention. 193-member world body voted 134-9 with 28 abstentions in favor of the resolution which also calls on Myanmar’s government to take urgent measures to combat incitement of hatred against the Rohingya and other minorities in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states.General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding but they do reflect world opinion.AP


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