Oxford Students Protest India’s Citizenship Amendment Act

first_imgProtests against the bill erupted in cities and at universities across India. During a protest at Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi, police were accused of firing tear gas at the library, locking the gates of the university’s campus, and using batons on students. Excessive police force is also believed to have been used at a number of other universities. Those attending the event joined protesters across the world, expressing solidarity with students who had been subject to police brutality as they carried out demonstrations in universities across India. Yesterday students gathered outside the Radcliffe Camera to protest the Citizenship Amendment Act, a bill passed in India’s Parliament which has been widely criticised as Islamophobic. By Tuesday at 8:00 am the statement had received more than300 signatures by members and alumni of Oxford University. “OIS celebrates India’s unity in diversity; we are saddened thatthis spirit of unity is under threat, and we hope that the right to peacefulprotest is upheld.” #JamiaProtests #JamiaMilliaUniversity @adilhossain pic.twitter.com/D9ynVJ2wzK— Tania Saeed (@taniasaeed) December 17, 2019 A statement released by the Oxford India Society said: “OxfordIndia Society stands in solidarity with our fellow students at universitycampuses across India who are protesting against the unjust CitizenshipAmendment Act, and we condemn police brutality against these protestors.center_img The protest outside the Radcliffe Camera, which endured the rain this afternoon, was attended by approximately one hundred despite term ending for undergraduates last week. Placards at the event read “selective democracy is not democracy”, “trust anyone but Delhi Police” and “unconditional solidarity with Jamia, Amu, DU [Delhi University] and others”. Another statement open for signature by Oxford students alsocalled for an end to violence against those protesting, as well as criticisingthe CAA: “We, the students, scholars and alumni of the University of Oxford,are in solidarity with students exercising their fundamental right to dissentand protest across India.“We condemn the violence unleashed on students in Jamia Millia Islamia (NewDelhi), Aligarh Muslim University (Aligarh), Delhi University (New Delhi),Cotton University (Assam) and other educational institutions. The use of policeforce against students exercising their fundamental right to protest inuniversity spaces and elsewhere is a direct attack on the foundations of ademocratic society. We demand an immediate end to all forms of violence againstthe protesting students and call for accountability of those responsible.“Over the last week, we have seen many peaceful protests and demonstrationsacross India against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. The Act stipulatespreferential treatment to religious minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh andAfghanistan in the process of acquiring Indian citizenship, while explicitlyexcluding Muslims from its purview. This explicit and blatant exclusion ofMuslims from citizenship upends the long-standing fundamental ideals of equality,liberty, pluralism and secularism enshrined in the Constitution of India. Welend our voices in support of the fight against this immoral andunconstitutional law and call for its immediate withdrawal.“As we watch, with extreme concern, the events unfolding in India, we lend ourunconditional support for the students and others peacefully taking to thestreets to fight injustice.” “We demand cessation of violence by the policeand their complete withdrawal from the university premises.“We demand an immediate, independent, and robustinvestigation into the abuse of power by the Delhi Police, Uttar PradeshPolice, and the Central Reserve Police Force.“We demand that student protestors be allowed tocontinue to protest peacefully in exercise of their fundamental rights underthe Indian Constitution without any threat of use of force by the police orother law enforcement agencies.“We call upon officers of the Indian Police andAdministrative Services to fulfill their duty to uphold the Constitution ofIndia, and to resist any political demand to act in abuse of the powers thathave been conferred upon them; and, to ensure police forces under their commandact strictly in accordance with the constitutional, legal and ethicalconstraints that bind them.“We call on the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr.Amit Shah, to immediately take these necessary steps to curb police brutality,or resign.” As well as at Oxford, today students gathered in protest ata number of campuses across the UK and the world including Harvard, Yale andMIT. A statement was released on behalf of students and alumni protesting atAmerican universities. The statement criticised the use of force by policeresponding to the peaceful protests, and made a number of demands of the Indiangovernment: The Citizenship (Amendment) Act passed through India’s Parliament on 11th December this year. The bill is designed to enable the provision of citizenship as a right to religious minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who have suffered from, or who stand the risk of suffering from religious persecution. However, the bill specifically nominates six religions as being eligible for citizenship: Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians. The bill has been criticised for its omission of Muslim refugees, which violates India’s constitutional commitment to secularism.last_img read more

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Men’s Soccer: Wisconsin falls to Penn State in Big Ten Tournament

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin’s men’s soccer team, needing a miracle run through the Big Ten in order to reach the NCAA tournament, earned the honor of facing conference runner-up Penn State (12-2-3, 6-1-1) Sunday.Despite battling with the No. 13 team in the country, the Badgers were overwhelmed in the second half, falling to the Nittany Lions by a score of 3–0.Wisconsin (3-11-4, 1-4-3) knew that coming out of University Park with a win would be a difficult task, and were certainly viewed as the distinct underdog heading into the first conference tournament match for both sides.Their regular-season clash ended in a victory for the Nittany Lions, a 2–1 win at McClimon that exemplified all of the struggles which have crippled the Badgers all season long.The Badgers had clearly prepared well for the expected assault from Penn State’s prolific attack and were on the strategic defensive from the outset. Conceding the possession advantage worked well in the first half to keep the Nittany Lions from the back of the net, but they probed the Badgers and isolated weak points by applying consistent pressure.Men’s Soccer: Badgers enter Big Ten Tournament on high note following strong weekend showingWith only two wins to their credit in the 2019 campaign, the University of Wisconsin’s men’s soccer team finally managed Read…Penn State, riding momentum from the end of the first half, broke through for the first time in the 58th-minute, as substitute Christian Sloan struck to make it 1–0.Trying to look for an answer, the Badgers switched tactics and attempted to secure a quick equalizer. Instead, the Nittany Lions, sensing defensive vulnerability, scored for a second time in just four minutes of game action, courtesy of Liam Butts.Suddenly the game seemed out of hand, and the Badgers were simply unable to find any traction offensively, as has happened throughout the year. Wisconsin pushed to get a goal back throughout the rest of the game, but the final goal of the day would also fall to the home side, putting the game to bed in the late stages.The tournament match would serve as a similar exposition on why this year failed to live up to expectations. In all of the Badgers’ defeats this season, they lost the possession battle, they were out-shot, out-executed and failed to capitalize on their limited chances.Inefficiency and inconsistency again plagued Wisconsin, as they were competitive for a half, and let the match slip away in the second period.The loss signals the end of the men’s soccer season and the end of several Badger careers, including star goalkeeper Dean Cowdroy and midfielder Noah Leibold.last_img read more

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