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Human Rights News: Shaheen Bagh Bilkis Honoured By TIME, Breonna's Killers Not Arrested

BP World Bureau | Sep 24 2020 12:12:42 PM
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Shaheen Bagh Dadi Honoured By TIME Magazine 

An 82-year-old woman, who became the face of the Shaheen Bagh protests in Delhi, has been honoured by TIME Magazine in their list of 100 most influential people. 

Bilkis, a.k.a "Dadi of Shaheen Bagh", has been featured under "Icons" by TIME who lists people who have in ways made impacts in a year. 

She became the heart of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA as hundreds of women sat in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh for as many as 100 days. 

CAA when clubbed with NRC will leave illegal Muslim immigrants vulnerable to deportation or detention. Muslims from poor sections were concerned that they will be affected similarly if they can't prove their citizenship. Women will be affected more because they don't inherit property as per religious norms and are dependent on their husbands mostly. 

India On US Initiative On Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

India's Permanent Mission to the UN said that the nation is "proud" to endorse the US initiative on a joint statement on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that recognises the many differences in national traditions, assuring freedom for all. 

Other nations that joined include  Bahrain, Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Maldives, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

Visually Impaired People's Petition To Food Delivery Apps

Visually impaired people started a petition requesting Zomato to improve the app in order to make it more accessible for people with visual impairment.

8.8 million people in India were found to be blind in 2015 and another 47.7 million people had moderate sight issues, as per a study published by The Lancet Global Health journal.

China Built 400 Internment Camps In Xinjiang

China has built nearly 400 internment camps, even though Chinese authorities said their “re-education” system was winding down, according to findings by Australian Thinktank based on survivor accounts, other projects tracking internment centres, and satellite images.

These camps are used to detain Uighurs and people from other Muslim minorities to "re-educate them" to prevent them from turning to radicals or separatists. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab accused China of "gross and egregious" human rights abuses against but the Chinese denied the existence of these camps. Chinese were accused of conducting forced sterilisation on women. 

Breonna Taylor Denied Justice

Breonna Taylor's killers are not charged by the authorities for her death. One of the three officers were indicted because one of his bullets went into another apartment with a pregnant woman and a child.

Earlier this year, a 26-year-old black woman was shot by three police officers in her apartment. The police were raiding her apartment with a 'no-knock' warrant when her boyfriend tried retaliating with his gun. leading a hail of bullets from the police, killing her. 

Since then, there were nationwide protests against the police and authorities for not arresting or charging the officers who killed Taylor. However, the 'no-knock' warrant law has been rendered null. 

She is one of the many black people who are killed by the authorities this year including George Floyd. 

Japan: Democracy Without Women

A prominent politician from Japan's ruling party criticised the nation for having women in their ministry. Tomomi Inada, a former defence minister from the governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), added her voice to criticism of Japan’s poor record on gender equality, calling the nation a democracy with women. Currently, in the 21 member cabinet, there are only two women. 

Canada To Tax Super Rich

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has announced ambitious plans to spend billions on childcare, housing and healthcare. 

As Canada braces for an economically devastating second wave of coronavirus, they want to tax the extremely wealthy. 

IEA On Carbon Emission 

International Energy Agency global governments and major polluters must take urgent action to develop technologies that can capture and store carbon emissions to help the world meet its climate targets.