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07Jun/17

[Press Release] SASG Urges UN Special Rapporteur to Investigate the Spiral of Human Rights Violations in India

The London based human rights organization South Asia Solidarity Group (SASG) has launched an online petition urging UN Special Rapporteur Rita Izsák-Ndiaye to investigate the growing human rights violation in India particularly the attacks on religious minorities and Dalits.

“Human rights violations which target religious minorities, specifically Muslims and Christians, and Dalits are occurring on a vast and horrific scale in India today. While violence against Muslim and Christian communities have been increasing since the early 1990s, and upper caste atrocities on Dalits are a longstanding phenomenon, there has been a massive escalation in both since Narendra Modi ‘s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power at the Centre in 2014. Emboldened by the victory of the BJP, Hindu supremacist gangs with links to the ruling party, or in some parts of India directly set up by the state, are the chief perpetrators of these abuses which are occurring unchecked. Below we outline some of the types of extreme violations affecting Muslims, Christians and Dalits.” Reads the petition. Continue reading

17Oct/16
Woman attacked by Marathas in Nashik

[STATEMENT] Dalit, Ambedkarite and South Asian organisations in the UK condemn police and Maratha attacks on Dalits in Nashik

To Shri Devendra Fadnavis
Chief Minister
Government of Maharashtra

and

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

17th October 2017

We are extremely concerned about the emerging reports from the ground of police collusion in atrocities against Dalits in Nashik by Maratha mobs, which have been taking place since 8th October. Not only has not a single arrest been made by the Maratha dominated Police force till date, but we have strong evidence that the Nashik Police is actively beating up Dalit families in their own homes instead of protecting them from the Maratha mob. The BJP-Shiv Sena Government of Maharashtra has been sitting on the fence and allowing this dangerous situation to escalate, while a number of other parties and politicians are covertly providing support to the Maratha agitation. More details of recent events are set out below. Continue reading

13Oct/16

[Pictures] Hundreds Protest Against Atrocities on Dalits Outside Indian Mission in London

[M Ghazali Khan | Caravan Daily]

LONDON — Hundreds of activists held protests outside the Indian High Commission in London on Saturday against increasing violence and atrocities against Dalits in India.

More than 200 representatives and activists belonging to various organizations from all over the UK stood outside the India House for two hours and chanted slogans’ “Manuvad se azadi”, “Brahmanwad se azadi”, “chu achoot se azadi”, “le ke raheN ge azadi” (we want freedom from Manu—an ancient scripture preaching casteism—untouchability. We will get our freedom), “Down with Modi.” Continue reading

15Aug/16

[ PRESS RELEASE ] “Whose Democracy?” Asks a Seminar in London on the Eve of India’s Independence Day

LONDON, 14 August 2016: Kashmiris are facing an existential crisis under Indian army occupation, said Kashmiri academic, novelist and activist Nitasha Kaul at a seminar at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) organised by South Asia Solidarity Group (SASG).

“It is as though there is a hierarchy of lives – for some, many more have to be lost, before people listen.” Ms Kaul said. Continue reading