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UN Chief Antonio Guterres urges India to stop violence against Muslims

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

28th Feb, 2020. 01:00 pm
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UN Secretary-General UN Chief Antonio Guterres urged Indian leaders to play their part and stop the violence in New Delhi that has killed Muslims more than 35 in 5 days.

“Throughout his life, the secretary-general has been deeply inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and today the spirit of Gandhi is needed –more than ever and it is essential — to create conditions for true community reconciliation,” Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in response to a question at UN Headquarters in New York.

He said the UN chief Antonio had been following the situation and was “saddened by the reports of death that we have seen over the past few days in New Delhi.”

The Secretary General “again reiterates, as he has done in other places, his calls for maximum restraint and violence to be avoided,” Dujarric added.

According to latest figures, at least 38 people have been killed as Hindu mobs attacked mosques, residences and businesses during demonstrations against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which discriminates against Muslims.

Earlier British Politician Jeremy Corbyn condemned violence against Muslims in Indian Capital by extremist Hindu groups linked with the ruling Bhartya Janata Party (BJP).

In an interview, Labour chief and leader of the opposition in the British parliament, Jeremy Corbyn said he’s saddened and shocked at the killing of innocent Muslims in Delhi riots,

The riots that initiated by the extremist Hindutva groups linked with Naredndra Modi’s government.

“I am totally shocked by what has happened and totally deplore the killings that have happened.” said the British Politician.

“I stand by those who have protested for their rights.”

“They have the right to protest and they have the right to disagree, that’s what a democracy is all about,” he said.

“The basis of international law has to be the universal declaration of international human rights which of course guarantees and protects the right of religious freedom and assembly and the right of equality before the law of citizenship,” he added.

Labour leader said all faiths are equal and no faith has the right to attack others.

“There has to be a basis in every society that there is no supremacy of one faith or ethnic group over another.”

That’s what a democracy is all about, equality before the law irrespective of your ethnicity of your faith.”

The death toll from Delhi’s worst riots in decades has risen to 38.

Tensions remained high in India’s capital, as thousands of riot police and paramilitaries patrolled streets littered with the debris from days of sectarian riots.

Justice S. Muralidhar, a Delhi high court judge, sharply criticized the police and called on officers to investigate politicians from Narendra Modi’s governing Bharatiya Janata party for inciting violence.

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