Hate Speech – Handful Of Hate http://handfulofhate.com/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 22:07:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://handfulofhate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png Hate Speech – Handful Of Hate http://handfulofhate.com/ 32 32 UN concerned about rise in hate speech in Bosnia and Serbia https://handfulofhate.com/un-concerned-about-rise-in-hate-speech-in-bosnia-and-serbia/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 21:05:00 +0000 https://handfulofhate.com/un-concerned-about-rise-in-hate-speech-in-bosnia-and-serbia/ The United Nations has expressed concern about the rise of hate speech and the glorification of war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, amid concerns about the former. Bosnian Serbs celebrated their banned national holiday on Sunday marking the creation of Republika Srpska (RS) – the Bosnian Serb entity that was declared three decades […]]]>

The United Nations has expressed concern about the rise of hate speech and the glorification of war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, amid concerns about the former.

Bosnian Serbs celebrated their banned national holiday on Sunday marking the creation of Republika Srpska (RS) – the Bosnian Serb entity that was declared three decades ago, sparking a war in which 100,000 people were killed.

Rights office spokeswoman Liz Throssell said the UN was “deeply concerned” by incidents which saw individuals “glorifying atrocities and convicting war criminals, targeting certain communities with hate speech and, in some cases, directly inciting violence”.

She said people chanted the name of convicted war criminal Ratko Mladic in torchlight processions, sang nationalist songs calling for the takeover of places in the former Yugoslavia and fired gunshots in the air in front of a mosque.

Local media and victims’ associations pointed out that in Foca on Saturday several hundred people watched a fireworks display organized by Red Star Belgrade football fans during which a large portrait of Mladic was unveiled on a building.

The former Bosnian Serb general was sentenced to life imprisonment for war crimes in Bosnia, including the Srebrenica massacre and the siege of Sarajevo.

Tensions before the elections

Serbia and Bosnia will hold elections in April and October respectively, and Throssell warned that “continued inflammatory and nationalist rhetoric” risks exacerbating an “extremely tense” political environment in 2022.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that the failure to prevent and punish such acts, which “fuel a climate of extreme anxiety, fear and insecurity in certain communities “, was a major obstacle to reconciliation and building trust. .

Bosnia was effectively split in two by the peace accords of the 1990s, giving half to the country’s Bosnian Serbs, the other being governed by a Croat-Muslim federation.

Last month, RS leader Milorad Dodic, a Serbian member of the Bosnian tripartite presidency, launched plans to withdraw from Bosnia’s central institutions.

The move earned further financial sanctions from the United States, with Washington blaming Dodic for trying to undermine the peace accords.

The US-brokered Dayton Peace Agreement in 1995 ended 3½ years of ethnic warfare in Bosnia, dividing the Balkan country into two autonomous regions – the Serbian Republic and the Bosnian-dominated Federation and the Croats.

Dodik’s secessionist rhetoric in recent months has emboldened Serbian nationalists who in recent days have provoked incidents throughout the Serbian Republic, shooting in the air near mosques during prayers, publicly praising convicted war criminals and threatening their Muslim neighbours.

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Midget Gems Renamed After Disability Activist Says Word Is ‘Hate Speech’ Towards People With Dwarfism https://handfulofhate.com/midget-gems-renamed-after-disability-activist-says-word-is-hate-speech-towards-people-with-dwarfism/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 16:31:00 +0000 https://handfulofhate.com/midget-gems-renamed-after-disability-activist-says-word-is-hate-speech-towards-people-with-dwarfism/ Marks & Spencer has changed the name of childhood favorite Midget Gems to avoid offending people with dwarfism. The retailer ditched the term dwarf and renamed the candy Mini Gems after a leading disability studies scholar warned the word can be “very problematic.” Dr Erin Pritchard, senior lecturer in disability and education at Liverpool Hope […]]]>

Marks & Spencer has changed the name of childhood favorite Midget Gems to avoid offending people with dwarfism.

The retailer ditched the term dwarf and renamed the candy Mini Gems after a leading disability studies scholar warned the word can be “very problematic.”

Dr Erin Pritchard, senior lecturer in disability and education at Liverpool Hope University, condemned the term dwarf as a form of hate speech deeply insulting to people with dwarfism.

The academic, who herself suffers from achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, has criticized other UK retailers, including Tesco, for continuing to use the word.

Dr Pritchard said: “The word dwarf is a form of hate speech and contributes to the stigma that people with dwarfism experience on a daily basis.

“After talking to various companies about the use of the word dwarf, it’s clear that a lot of companies just don’t know how offensive the term is, and I had to explain to them why it’s such a problem. “

M&S ‘ready to listen’

Dr Pritchard told The Telegraph: “I am grateful that M&S ​​has been willing to listen to the concerns of people with dwarfism and has continued with the rebranding. There was initially some reluctance, but I pointed out that if they persisted in calling them dwarf gems, why not call other candies by names that are just as offensive? “

She also called for other products using the word midget to be rebranded, and asked Amazon to remove novelty items that use the term, such as I Love Midgets key chains and t-shirts, from sale.

“If companies are still using the word in their products and branding, they should stop now. It is offensive and unacceptable to people with disabilities, ”she said, while acknowledging that it would be impossible to rename products that are no longer in production, like the iconic MG Midget car or the Daihatsu minivan. Midget.

A spokesperson for M&S confirmed the name change, adding: “We are committed to being an inclusive retailer – from how we support our colleagues, to the products we offer and how we market them to our customers. 32 million customers.

“Following suggestions from our colleagues and ideas shared by Dr Pritchard, we introduced a new mini gem packaging last year, which has since been rolled out to all of our stores. “

Another company has also removed the word midget from its jewels.

The vegan company Free From Fellows, whose products are stored in places such as Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, WH Smith and Boots, made the switch following Dr Pritcahrd’s intervention.

But she says other major supermarkets have so far failed to respond to her request.

Need for “better awareness”

Dr Pritchard – who also appears in Channel 4’s Dating with Dwarfism, in which she discusses some of the relationship issues faced by people with the disease – adds: “It is truly baffling that in our time a number of UK retailers are still able to use this crippling hate speech to market their products.

“Last October was Dwarf Awareness Month, and I took to Twitter to tag many supermarkets and confectionery companies in a tweet asking when they would remove the word dwarf from their products.

“Only Free from Fellows responded. At this point, M&S had already written to me indicating that they would remove the name.

“For me, this highlights the need to better understand just how problematic the word dwarf really is.”

The “dehumanizing” origins of the word

In his recent book Disability Hate Speech, Dr Pritchard argues that the word dwarf should be considered a form of hate speech because of its origins in Victorian monster shows.

“Often referred to by people with dwarfism as the m word, it’s a term derived from the word midge, which means gnat or sandfly,” she wrote in Big Issue North. “Its origin automatically dehumanizes people like me. It was a term popularized during the Victorian Freak Show, where many people with disabilities, including people with dwarfism, were oppressed and exploited.

After being contacted by The Telegraph about Dr Pritchard’s approach, Tesco issued a statement saying he would “reconsider” the name of his Midget Gems, with the goal of changing it to something else.

A Tesco spokesperson said: “Everyone is welcome to Tesco and we wouldn’t want any of our products to offend. We are grateful to Dr Pritchard for bringing this to our attention and we will be reviewing the name of this product.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan questions Modi’s silence on calls for genocide against Muslims in India https://handfulofhate.com/prime-minister-imran-khan-questions-modis-silence-on-calls-for-genocide-against-muslims-in-india/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 09:39:00 +0000 https://handfulofhate.com/prime-minister-imran-khan-questions-modis-silence-on-calls-for-genocide-against-muslims-in-india/ Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks at a joint press conference with ex-Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (not pictured) at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on November 19, 2020 (left) and the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, India, Jan. 29, 2021. – Reuters / File PM calls on the international community to take […]]]>
Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks at a joint press conference with ex-Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (not pictured) at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on November 19, 2020 (left) and the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, India, Jan. 29, 2021. – Reuters / File
  • PM calls on the international community to take action against the extremist Modi government in India.
  • Says on Twitter that the government’s silence on the “hate speech” conclave raises questions.
  • The prime minister said Modi’s extremist program was a real and current threat to peace in the region.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday criticized the Indian government led by Narendra Modi for its persistent silence on the “hate speech” conclave, which called for the genocide of Muslims in India.

“The continued silence of the Modi government on the call at an extremist Hindutva summit in December for the genocide of minorities in India, especially 200 million Muslims,” ​​the prime minister said in a series of messages on Twitter .

The violent hate speeches were made during the “Dharma Sansad” held in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, from December 17 to 19, 2021.

The prime minister said the silence of the government led by Modi, despite calls for genocide, raised the question of whether the BJP government supported this call, as he noted that it was high time the international community took it up. note and act.

The Prime Minister said that under the extremist ideology of the BJP Modi government, Hindutva groups have targeted all religious minorities in India.

“The extremist program of the Modi government is a real and current threat to peace in our region,” Prime Minister Imran Khan said.

As the Prime Minister tweeted, the Supreme Court of India has decided to take up a case related to hate speech, including open calls for genocide made during the conclave, NDTV reported.

“We will deal with the case,” Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said, quoted by the media outlet.

According to India time, up to 200,000 Muslims gathered in the town of Bareilly last week and volunteered for what they called “mass sacrifices” to protest hate speech.

Pakistan castigates Hindutva rulers

On December 27, Pakistan deplored calls by Hindutva leaders for Muslim genocide in India and deplored New Delhi’s inaction on this issue.

To express Pakistan’s serious concerns about calls for a Muslim genocide, the Indian charge d’affaires was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said it was highly reprehensible that Prabodhanand Giri of Hindu Raksha Sena and other Hindutva figures who called for the ethnic cleansing of Muslims did not express any regret or that the Indian government has not condemned or taken any action against them so far.

Indian police open investigation

Indian police said in December they opened an investigation into an event in which Hindu hardliners called for massacres of Muslim minorities.

A speaker at the rally told the crowd that people shouldn’t worry about going to jail for killing Muslims, according to a video.

“Even if only a hundred of us become soldiers and kill two million, we will be victorious. […] If you maintain this attitude only, then you will be able to protect sanatana dharma (an absolute form of Hinduism), ”said the woman.

The meeting in the holy city of Haridwar in the north of the country brought together at least one member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP.

Prabodhanand Giri – the leader of a Hindu fringe group who is often pictured with senior BJP members – called for a “cleanup” and for those present to be “ready to die or kill”.

“As in Myanmar, the police, politicians, army and all Hindus in India must collect the weapons and do this cleansing. There is no other option,” we heard.


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Your silence emboldens hateful voices: professors, students from IIM to PM https://handfulofhate.com/your-silence-emboldens-hateful-voices-professors-students-from-iim-to-pm/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 06:13:06 +0000 https://handfulofhate.com/your-silence-emboldens-hateful-voices-professors-students-from-iim-to-pm/ A group of students and professors from India’s management institutes in Bengaluru and Ahmedabad reported hate speech and attacks on minorities in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, saying his silence “emboldens” them. voice of hatred. The letter, mailed to the Prime Minister’s office, has 183 signatories, including 13 faculty members from […]]]>

A group of students and professors from India’s management institutes in Bengaluru and Ahmedabad reported hate speech and attacks on minorities in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, saying his silence “emboldens” them. voice of hatred.

The letter, mailed to the Prime Minister’s office, has 183 signatories, including 13 faculty members from IIM Bangalore and three from IIM Ahmedabad.

“Your silence on the rise of intolerance in our country, Mr. Prime Minister, is discouraging for all of us who value the multicultural fabric of our country. Your silence, Honorable Prime Minister, emboldens hateful voices and threatens the unity and integrity of our country, ”the letter reads. He urges her to keep the country away from “the forces that seek to divide us.”

Five faculty members from IIM Bangalore wrote the letter. They are Prateek Raj (Assistant Professor of Strategy); Deepak Malghan (associate professor, public policy), Dalhia Mani (associate professor, entrepreneurship); Rajluxmi V Murthy (associate professor, decision science); and Hema Swaminathan (associate professor, public policy). Malghan is a distinguished environmental economist.

Raj said a group of students and teachers took the initiative after realizing that “silence was no longer an option.”

“For too long, mainstream discourse has dismissed voices of hate as marginal. That’s how we are here, ”he told The Indian Express.

Other IIM Bangalore faculty members who signed the letter include Ishwar Murthy, professor of decision science; Kanchan Mukherjee (professor, organizational behavior and human resources management); Arpit S (Assistant Professor, Public Policy), Rahul Dé (Professor, Information Systems); Sai Yayavaram (professor of strategy); Rajalaxmi Kamath (associate professor, public policies), Ritwik Banerjee (associate professor, economics and social sciences); and Manaswini Bhalla (associate professor, economics and social sciences).

Dé is the dean of programs at the institute and president of the Office of International Affairs. Bhalla is chairman of the economics and social sciences section.

The signatories who teach at IIM Ahmedabad are Professor Ankur Sarin (Public Systems Group), Professor Navdeep Mathur and Professor Rakesh Basant (Economics).

When contacted, Professor Basant said the letter clarified the position of the signatories and that he did not wish to add anything to it. Professor Basant is also Dean of Alumni and External Relations at the institute, as well as Professor of the JSW Chair of Innovation and Public Policy.

Raj said the goal of the signatories was to emphasize that “if the voices of hate are loud, the voices of reason should be louder.”

While for him the controversial speech by South Bangalore MP Tejasvi Surya urging Hindus to convert Muslims and Christians was the tipping point, for other signatories the recent attacks on churches in many parts of the country and the Haridwar Dharam Sansad served as triggers. This was mentioned in the letter.

“Our Constitution gives us the right to practice our religion with dignity – without fear, without shame. There is now a sense of fear in our country – places of worship, including churches in recent days, are being vandalized, and there have been calls to take up arms against our Muslim brothers and sisters. All of this is done with impunity and without any fear of due process, ”the letter read.

He then asks the Prime Minister to stand firm against the forces which seek to divide the citizens.

“We call on your leaders to turn our minds and hearts, as a nation, away from incitement to hatred against our people. We believe that a company can focus on creativity, innovation and growth, or it can create divisions within itself. We want to build an India that is an example of inclusiveness and diversity in the world. We, the undersigned faculty, staff and students of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) and Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) hope and pray that you lead the country to make the good choices, ”he says.


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Call by Muslim cleric to “Dharam Sansad” against hate speech receives support https://handfulofhate.com/call-by-muslim-cleric-to-dharam-sansad-against-hate-speech-receives-support/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 10:20:04 +0000 https://handfulofhate.com/call-by-muslim-cleric-to-dharam-sansad-against-hate-speech-receives-support/ Ittehad-e-Millat’s council founder Tauqeer Raza Khan’s call for a “Dharam Sansad” on Friday received support from All India Tanzeem ul Islam, who on Thursday called on community members to come together in large number. The demonstration was called to offer mass sacrifices to protest the hate speeches in Haridwar. Raza Khan called on Muslims in […]]]>

Ittehad-e-Millat’s council founder Tauqeer Raza Khan’s call for a “Dharam Sansad” on Friday received support from All India Tanzeem ul Islam, who on Thursday called on community members to come together in large number. The demonstration was called to offer mass sacrifices to protest the hate speeches in Haridwar.

Raza Khan called on Muslims in Uttar Pradesh to gather in large numbers at the Islamia school in Bareilly on Friday for “mass sacrifices” to protest the recent hate speech in Haridwar.

The announcement was made on Saturday where he said: “The recent Dharam Sansad to which objections have been raised by our community was not the first but it has been happening for many months, but the current government was never ready to hear anything “.

“Our ulema held three meetings but we never called it Dharam Sansad, but the language used in Haridwar can never be used by our ulema and the ulema show the way to peace, patriotism and love to the people. disciples, ”he added.

The cleric said the hate-mongers wanted to kill 20 Muslim lakhs. “We decided we were ready for it. I urge the government to send its people to kill us and on Friday at least 20,000 Muslims will surrender. The best way is for Muslims to sacrifice their lives to ensure peace in the country. “

Khan gained the support of Tanzeem who recently advocated the union of India as it was in medieval times. Mujahid Hussain Qadri from Tanzeem said that people want to create discord between Hindus and Muslims but they will not succeed.

The hate speech was reportedly delivered at an event held in Haridwar from December 17 to 20. a Safayi Abhiyan.

The event was hosted by Yati Narasimhanand, a controversial religious leader who has been accused in the past of inciting violence.

Uttrakhand police have filed an FIR in the case against Jitendra Narayan Tyagi – the former chairman of the Shiite Waqf board, who recently converted to Hinduism.

In a similar incident, Chhattisgarh police arrested Kalicharan Maharaj for allegedly using derogatory language against Mahatma Gandhi of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh.

Police had registered an FIR and arrested the religious leader and others for allegedly making disparaging comments about Mahatma Gandhi and praising Nathuram Godse.

Congress criticizes the delay in action against the accused in Haridwar.

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Hateful graffiti discovered at the Academy of San Dieguito https://handfulofhate.com/hateful-graffiti-discovered-at-the-academy-of-san-dieguito/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 21:11:00 +0000 https://handfulofhate.com/hateful-graffiti-discovered-at-the-academy-of-san-dieguito/ ENCINITAS, Calif. (KGTV) – School officials are working to identify the person responsible for spreading hateful graffiti messages at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas over New Years weekend. This is the third incident for the San Dieguito Union High School District in the past three months and the second for the school itself during this […]]]>

ENCINITAS, Calif. (KGTV) – School officials are working to identify the person responsible for spreading hateful graffiti messages at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas over New Years weekend.

This is the third incident for the San Dieguito Union High School District in the past three months and the second for the school itself during this period.

Superintendent Dr. Cheryl James-Ward said on Monday that the incident happened on Saturday morning just before 4 a.m.

It has since been repainted.

Dr Ward said all of the acts were caught on security cameras, so they are working to identify the teenager with the sheriff’s department. She said they suspected it was a student, but the person has not yet been identified.

Ward, along with San Diego County District and County School Board leaders, said they completely condemn his actions. She acknowledged that SDUHSD has a variety of issues like all districts, and they see more worrying incidents as students return to school.

Ward spoke about the accumulated trauma and mental health issues during the pandemic.

The district is carrying out its own investigation and is working with the police. According to district guidelines, if the responsible person is a student, a hate incident means expulsion would be a required punishment.

Expulsion would turn the student over to the county school board, which would also be able to provide more extensive mental health resources.

Dr Ward also described some of SDUHSD’s existing diversity, equity and inclusion practices as well as new initiatives that have been implemented since she took over as district head two months ago.


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explained | What is “hate speech” and how is it dealt with in Indian law? https://handfulofhate.com/explained-what-is-hate-speech-and-how-is-it-dealt-with-in-indian-law/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 21:40:00 +0000 https://handfulofhate.com/explained-what-is-hate-speech-and-how-is-it-dealt-with-in-indian-law/ Do existing laws cover inflammatory and provocative speech? Should we toughen up the provisions? The story so far: A recent religious conclave held in Haridwar was the scene of inflammatory and provocative speeches by Hindutva supporters, many of whom are leaders of religious organizations. Reports indicate that many speakers called for organized violence against Muslims […]]]>

Do existing laws cover inflammatory and provocative speech? Should we toughen up the provisions?

The story so far: A recent religious conclave held in Haridwar was the scene of inflammatory and provocative speeches by Hindutva supporters, many of whom are leaders of religious organizations. Reports indicate that many speakers called for organized violence against Muslims and hinted at a Burmese-style “clean-up campaign”. There was a threat that if the government resisted the formation of a “Hindu Rashtra” there would be an “1857-like” revolt against the state. Political parties and concerned citizens have called the words “hate speech” and demanded legal proceedings against those implicated in the spread of hatred and violence.

What is “hate speech”?

There is no specific legal definition of “hate speech”. The provisions of the law criminalize speech, writing, actions, signs and representations that promote violence and spread discord between communities and groups and these are understood to refer to “hate speech”.

The Law Commission of India, in its 267th report, states: “Hate speech is generally an incitement to hatred primarily against a group of people defined in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, etc. , hate speech is a written or spoken word, signs, representations visible to a person’s hearing or sight with the intention of causing fear or alarm, or inciting violence . “

In general, hate speech is viewed as a limitation on freedom of expression that seeks to prevent or prohibit speech that exposes a person or group or part of society to hatred, violence, ridicule or indignity.

How is it treated under Indian law?

Sections 153A and 505 of the Indian Penal Code are generally considered to be the main penal provisions dealing with inflammatory speech and expressions intended to punish “hate speech”.

According to section 153A, “the promotion of enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and the act of committing acts harmful to the maintaining harmony ”is an offense punishable by three years’ imprisonment. It is liable to a five-year term if it is committed in a place of worship or an assembly engaged in worship or religious ceremonies.

Section 505 of the IPC makes it an offense to make “statements which may be harmful to the public interest”. The statement, publication, report or rumor which is sanctioned under Article 505 (1) must be those which encourage mutiny by the armed forces, or cause such fear or alarm that persons are incited to commit an offense against the state or the public peace; or is intended to incite or induce one class or community to commit an offense against another class or community. This carries a prison sentence of up to three years. It is an offense under subsection 505 (2) to make statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or malice between classes. Under subsection (3), the same offense will be punishable by imprisonment for up to five years if it takes place in a place of worship or in any assembly participating in worship or religious ceremonies.

What did the Law Commission propose?

The Law Commission proposed that separate offenses be added to the IPC to criminalize hate speech quite specifically instead of being included in the existing sections regarding inflammatory acts and speech. He proposed that two new sections, section 153C and section 505A, be added.

Its draft states that Section 153C should criminalize anyone (a) using seriously threatening words, spoken or written, or visible signs or representations, with the intent to cause fear or alarm; or (b) advocates hatred that incites violence, on grounds of religion, race, caste or community, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, place of birth, residence, language, handicap or tribe. He proposes a two-year prison sentence for this and / or a fine of 5,000 or both.

His project for Section 505A proposes to criminalize words, or the display of writings or signs that are seriously threatening or derogatory, to a person’s hearing or sight, causing fear or alarm. or, with intent to provoke the use of unlawful violence against that person. or another. ”He proposes a prison term of up to one year and / or a fine of up to 5,000 or both.

Similar proposals to add sections to the IPC to punish acts and statements that encourage racial discrimination or constitute hate speech have been made by the MP Bezbaruah committee and the TK Viswanathan committee. At present, the Committee for Criminal Law Reforms, which is considering more comprehensive changes in criminal law, is considering whether to have specific provisions to combat hate speech.


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Islamophobia in Europe at ‘point of no return’, new report warns https://handfulofhate.com/islamophobia-in-europe-at-point-of-no-return-new-report-warns/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 21:19:19 +0000 https://handfulofhate.com/islamophobia-in-europe-at-point-of-no-return-new-report-warns/ Far from reducing anti-Muslim hate crimes, the pandemic has accelerated some of the worst narratives against Islam and Muslims, according to a new study. A new report on Islamophobia in Europe warned that hate crimes against Muslims on the continent had “worsened, if not reached a tipping point,” over the past two years. The pandemic […]]]>

Far from reducing anti-Muslim hate crimes, the pandemic has accelerated some of the worst narratives against Islam and Muslims, according to a new study.

A new report on Islamophobia in Europe warned that hate crimes against Muslims on the continent had “worsened, if not reached a tipping point,” over the past two years.

The pandemic has resulted in relatively fewer physical attacks on Muslims and their places of worship, but it has not resulted in less hate speech. Instead, according to the authors, there has been an increase in hate speech online, which has longer-term implications for how Islamophobia is fought across the continent.

Enes Bayrakli, one of the report’s co-authors, described the increase in online abuse directed against Muslims as a “significant trend”.

“This is worrying because online narratives do not stay online and can create a climate conducive to physical attacks in the real world,” Bayrakli said. at TRT World.

A 2020 report on online trends in Islamophobia found ubiquitous examples of fake news, which included themes that Muslims were super-diffusers of Covid-19, that mosques were vectors of covid, or that pandemic rules were applied more leniently towards Muslims for fear of being accused of racism.

This fake news represented an intersection and development in narratives against Muslims which are common themes among Islamophobes.

The mainstream media have also contributed to the idea of ​​linking images of Muslims to the pandemic and thus legitimizing negative tropes about Muslims and the pandemic.

Another prominent feature of this year’s Islamophobia report is the cover image depicting French President Emmanuel Macron.

When asked why this was important, Bayrakli said that “Macron has become the face of institutional and structural Islamophobia in Europe. His policies directly target, discriminate and criminalize Muslims in France.”

There are few countries in Europe where Islam and Muslims are as closely watched as in France.

“There are of course other politicians in Europe who follow the same policies as France”, says Bayrakli, but France applies “Islamophobic practices at the state level vis-à-vis their Muslim minorities,” he said. he adds.

Just this week, two mosques were attacked in France amid growing anti-Muslim rhetoric from the country’s political establishment, which increasingly views Muslims as a threat inside.

France has closed more than 17 mosques for breaking vague “security laws” or not having good “security standards” over the past two years. 89 additional mosques are also under surveillance.

According to this year’s report on Islamophobia, the systemic pressure exerted by France on Muslims has resulted in “an unprecedented increase in the number of police searches, threats of eviction, as well as closures of mosques and schools. , including the dissolution of a humanitarian NGO and a Muslim human rights organization. in France against racism and discrimination. “

When put together these actions, the report warned, “threatened the fundamental freedoms of Muslims.”

Other conclusions of the report

While in many countries of Europe Islamophobic crimes have declined, according to this year’s Islamophobia report, Germany has turned the tide.

More than 901 Islamophobic crimes were committed across Germany in 2020, of which 146 targeted mosques and 48 targeted people. At the same time, anti-Muslim social movements organized their rallies despite the pandemic.

The report criticized many European states for failing to report Islamophobic incidents as a separate category of hate crime.

“The recording of anti-Muslim / Islamophobic crimes by the police as a separate category of hate crimes is essential to uncover the true extent of this problem and to develop counter-strategies to combat it. “

Muslims in Austria also had another difficult year, with hate crimes more than doubling to 812 reported incidents.

Austria’s Muslim community also had another difficult year, according to the report.

Earlier this year, Austrian civil society groups spoke out strongly against a “state-led racist and Islamophobic campaign,” which saw authorities raiding countless Muslim homes in 60 raids in November 2020.

The raids were carried out at the behest of then-right-wing Home Secretary Karl Nehammer, resulting in heavily armed forces breaking into homes early in the morning.

The government hailed the raids as a success. However, the lack of results has cast doubt on the purpose of the raids in a country that is increasingly experiencing an increase in anti-Muslim rhetoric.

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“When the polls are around …”: pilot on hate speech to “Dharam Sansad” https://handfulofhate.com/when-the-polls-are-around-pilot-on-hate-speech-to-dharam-sansad/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 13:52:58 +0000 https://handfulofhate.com/when-the-polls-are-around-pilot-on-hate-speech-to-dharam-sansad/ During an interaction with IANS, Sachin Pilot, former chief deputy minister of Rajasthan, said such remarks were made to create a division in the company. New Delhi: Congress leader Sachin Pilot criticized the rhetoric around the “threat to Hinduism” and the controversial remarks made on Mahatma Gandhi at Dharam Sansad – a religious conclave which […]]]>

During an interaction with IANS, Sachin Pilot, former chief deputy minister of Rajasthan, said such remarks were made to create a division in the company.

New Delhi: Congress leader Sachin Pilot criticized the rhetoric around the “threat to Hinduism” and the controversial remarks made on Mahatma Gandhi at Dharam Sansad – a religious conclave which recently took place in Haridwar, Uttar Pradesh.

During the conclave, some Hindu seers expressed their concern at the “threat” hanging over Hinduism. Reacting to this, Pilot said:

“The country’s parliament barely functions … but in the name of religion such statements are made to Dharma Sansad. Mahatma Gandhi is insulted and his assassin Nathuram Godse is congratulated.”

In an interaction with IANS, the former chief vice-minister of Rajasthan said such remarks are made to create a division in the company.

“Such statements must be condemned … and action must also be taken. You cannot call yourself a religious guru if you insult the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi,” Pilot said.

When asked if such statements were made with the upcoming parliamentary elections in mind in five states, including Uttar Pradesh, the congressman said:

“Whenever an election draws near, such statements can be heard. And this happens because they are unable to garner votes on the development board.”

“You can say anything to make the headlines, provoke people, and distract from the core issues. However, people now understand everything. They won’t let the divisive elements into the game and would vote on the issues that matter, ”he said.

Of the meeting between the Election Commission (EC) and the Ministry of Health amid growing concerns over the new Omicron variant of Covid-19, Pilot said:

“The decision to postpone the polls rests with the EC. The electoral panel should appear as an independent body.”

“We all saw what happened during the second wave of Covid-19. It cannot be ignored. EC’s decision would be followed. The health and safety of people is also important.”

The congressman also said the Bharatiya Janata party was losing ground in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

He further appeared critical of the “restrictions” on congressional gatherings. “… but Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath are getting permission to hold rallies anywhere, and thousands are attending,” Pilot said.

He asserted that Congress is in a position to offer “a better option” to people.

“We are working very hard,” he said.

“Under the leadership of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (party secretary general and head of the UP), we are on the verge of achieving astonishing results,” he added.

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Supreme Court lawyers write to CJI to hear about Suo Moto hate speech allegedly calling for genocide of Muslims in Haridwar and Delhi – Read the letter https://handfulofhate.com/supreme-court-lawyers-write-to-cji-to-hear-about-suo-moto-hate-speech-allegedly-calling-for-genocide-of-muslims-in-haridwar-and-delhi-read-the-letter/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 12:46:36 +0000 https://handfulofhate.com/supreme-court-lawyers-write-to-cji-to-hear-about-suo-moto-hate-speech-allegedly-calling-for-genocide-of-muslims-in-haridwar-and-delhi-read-the-letter/ 76 Supreme Court lawyers sent a letter to Chief Justice of India NV Ramana highlighting the two separate events organized in Delhi (by Hindu Yuva Vahini) and Haridwar (by Yati Narsinghanand) on 17 and 19 December 2021 in which hate speech consisting of open calls for genocide of Muslims in order to achieve the ethnic […]]]>

76 Supreme Court lawyers sent a letter to Chief Justice of India NV Ramana highlighting the two separate events organized in Delhi (by Hindu Yuva Vahini) and Haridwar (by Yati Narsinghanand) on 17 and 19 December 2021 in which hate speech consisting of open calls for genocide of Muslims in order to achieve the ethnic cleansing were pronounced.

They urged CJI to take cognizance of it on the motorcycle. A request for the issuance of instructions to take action against the culprits under Sections 120B, 121A, 124A, 153A, 153B, 295A and 298 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 has also been made.

It was stated in the letter that the events and speeches made during the same period were not mere hate speech, but an open call for the murder of an entire community. In this regard, the lawyers in their letter said that the said speeches thus constitute a serious threat not only to the unity and integrity of our country, but also endanger the lives of millions of Muslim citizens.

“It is also pointed out that the recent speeches are part of a series of similar speeches that we have encountered in the past. It can be noted that no effective action has been taken under the provisions of Articles 153, 153A, 153B , 295A, 504, 506, 120B, 34 of the IPC with regard to previous hate speech. We have also been informed that in this regard few petitions under article 32 of the Constitution of the India are also pending before the Supreme Court, ” specifies the letter of December 26, 2021.

The lawyers also said the letter was sent with the expectation that the CJI will take swift action in its capacity as head of the state’s judicial wing and aware of its commitment to both the independence of the judiciary. and the constitutional values ​​that are fundamental to the functioning of a multicultural nation like ours.

Read the letter

AT

Hon’ble Mr. Justice NVRamana

Chief Justice of India

Supreme Court of India

Tilak Marg

New Delhi-110001

Subject – Prayer for the capture of Suo Moto Knowledge of hate speech calling for genocide of Muslims in Haridwar and Delhi

This is to alert you that between December 17 and 19, 2021 during two separate events organized in Delhi (by Hindu Yuva Vahini) and Haridwar (by Yati Narsinghanand), hate speech consisting of open calls for genocide Muslims in order to carry out ethnic cleansing, were made by the following people:

1. Yati Narsinghan and Giri

2. Sagar Sindhu Maharaj

3. Dharamdas Maharaj

4. Premanand Maharaj

5. Sadhvi Annapoorna aka Pooja Shakun Pandey

6. Swami Anand Swaroop

7. Ashwani Upadhyay

8. Suresh Chavhanke

9. Swami Prabodhan and Giri

The aforementioned events and the speeches made during them are not mere hate speech, but an open call for the murder of an entire community. These speeches therefore constitute a serious threat not only to the unity and integrity of our country, but also endanger the lives of millions of Muslim citizens.

Considering the gravity and gravity of the aforementioned events, it is most humbly prayed that Your Lordship may take cognizance of it suo-moto and order that action be taken against the culprits under Articles 120B, 121A, 153A, 153B , 295A and 298 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

It is also pointed out that recent speeches are part of a series of similar speeches that we have encountered in the past. It should be noted that no effective action has been taken under the provisions of Articles 153, 153A, 153B, 295A, 504, 506, 120B, 34 of the IPC in relation to prior hate speech. Thus, urgent judicial intervention is needed to prevent such events which seem to have become the order of the day. We have also been informed that in this regard, some petitions under Article 32 of the Constitution of India are also pending before the Supreme Court.

We are writing to Your Lordship in the hope of swift action in your capacity as Head of the Judicial Wing of the State and knowing Your Lordship’s commitment to the independence of the judiciary as well as constitutional values. fundamental to the functioning of a multicultural nation such as ours.

Greetings

Signatories:

1. Anjana Prakash, Sr. Adv. & former judge, High Court of Patna

2. Dushyant Dave, Sr.Adv.

3. Salman Khurshid, Sr. Adv.

4. Prashant Bhushan, Adv.

5. Raju Ramachandran, Senior Adv.

6. Huzefa Ahmadi, Sr. Adv.

7. CUSingh, Sr.Adv.

8. Meenakshi Arora, Sr. Adv.

9. Vrinda Grover, Adv.

10. Harin Raval, Sr. Adv. 11 Siddharth Dave, Sr. Adv. 12.Vibha Makhija, Sr. Adv. 13.Kavin Gulati, Sr. Adv. 14.PVSurendranath, Sr.Adv. 15.Basavprabhu Patil, Sr. Adv. 16.Ejaz Maqbool, Adv.

17. Amita Joseph, Adv. 18.Shomona Khanna, Adv. 19.Fuzail Ahmad Ayyubi, Adv. 20.Amit Anand Tiwari, Adv. 21 Shadaan Farasat, Adv. 22.Jagdeep S. Chhokar, Adv. 23.Mohd.Nizamuddin Pasha, Adv. 24.Anuj Prakaash, Adv.

25 Shoeb Alam, Adv. 26. Rajesh Tyagi, Adv.

27.Pyoli, Adv.

28. Kabir Dixit, Adv. 29. Aldanish Rein, Adv. 30.Cheryl D’Souza, Adv. 31.Andleeb Naqvi, Adv. 32.Prerna Chaturvedi, Adv. 33.Nanita Sharma, Adv. 34. Payal Gaikwad, Adv. 35. Ritesh Dhar Dubey, Adv. 36 Shahab Ahmad, Adv. 37.Surya Prakash, Adv. 38 Shahankraj Singh, Adv. 39. Priyanka Shukla, Adv. 40 Shalini Gera, Adv. 41. Aditya Shrivastava, Adv. 42.Afreen, Adv.

43.Subhash Chandran KR, Adv. 44. Rauf Rahim, Adv. 45. Kumaresh Trivedi, Adv. 46 Anas Tanwir, Adv.

47.Tahini Bhushan, Adv. 48. Vinayak pants, Adv.

49.Sitwat Nabi, Adv.

50. Vinayak pants, Adv. 51. Abhisht Hela, Adv.

52. Syed Jafar Alam, Adv. 53.Chandresan B. Rao, Adv. 54. Aditya Kumar, Adv.

55. Mani Gupta, Adv. 56 Abhishek N. Tripathi, Adv. 57. Purvish Jitendra Malkan, Adv. 58.Harsh Parashar, Adv. 59. Avani Bansal, Adv. 60. Mishika Singh, Adv. 61.Rukhsana Choudhury, Adv. 62. Lara Jeswani, Adv.

63 Kritika Agarwal, Adv.

64.Talha Salaria, Adv.

65 Surya Rajappan, Adv.

66. Naveen Nagarjuna, Adv. 67 Mohtasim Syed, Adv. 68. Bharathimohan, Adv.

69. Neha Rathi, Adv.

70. Anubha Rastogi, Adv.

71. Madhur Bharatiya, Adv. 72.Vertika Mani Tripathi, Adv. 73. Yogmaya MG, Adv. 74 Chandrachur Bhattacharyya, Adv. 75.Nayantara Roy, Adv.

76. Jayant Tripathi, Adv.

Shut in:

1. Report dated 23.12.2021 published by Scroll.in entitled “Hindutva

leaders call for murder of Muslims in Haridwar and Delhi events “

2. Web links of speech video clips:

o https://www.ndtv.com/video/news/news/viral-hate-speech-videos-from-haridwar-meet-spark-outrage-no-case-yet-613995 (Speech by Suresh Chavhanke, Yati Narsinghanand , Sadhvi Annapoorna alias Pooja Shakun Pandey, Dharamdas Maharaj, Swami Premanand Maharaj, Swami Prabodhanand)

o https://twitter.com/kaushikrj6/status/1473580908984692736?s= 20 (Speech by Ashwini Upadhyay)

o https://twitter.com/zoo_bear/status/1473689939669921800?s=2 0 (Speech by Yati Narsinghanand)

o https://twitter.com/zoo_bear/status/1473580321429868544 (Speech by Sindhu Sagar Swami)

or query = https3A2F2 Ftwitter.com2Fzoo_bear2Fstatus2F1473581811548651523widget = Tweet (Speech by Anand Swaroop Maharaj)



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