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6,481 Indians languishing in jails of different countries PDF Print E-mail
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RIYADH – Saudi Arabia and India finalized in New Delhi Tuesday a draft treaty for the extradition of prisoners and criminals. The move came during the visit of a delegation from the Ministry of Interior to discuss security issues. The delegation was headed by Abdullah Al-Ansari, the Acting Director of the General Administration for Legal Affairs and International Cooperation at the Ministry of Interior.

Sikh set to become first non-white member of BNP PDF Print E-mail
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A retired Sikh schoolteacher is set to become the first non-white member of the far-right British National Party (BNP) after it reluctantly voted on Sunday to change its current whites-only policy following a court order. Rajinder Singh (78), who has been an unabashed admirer of BNP despite its virulently racist agenda and gave a character reference for its leader Nick Griffin when he was tried for stoking racial hatred, said that he admired its “core policies”.

“I also admire them since they are on their own patch, and do not wish to let anyone oust them from the land of their ancestors,” said Mr. Singh who moved to Britain from India in the 1960s. Reciprocating the sentiment, Mr. Griffin said: “I will be absolutely delighted to shake his hand and give him his membership card.”

A BNP spokesman hailed Mr. Singh as a “brave and loyal” and said he ought to be given the “honour of becoming the first ethnic minority member of the BNP”.

The party has been forced to change its constitution after a court, acting on a complaint from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, rules that its current rules were discriminatory and incompatible with race relations laws. It faced disqualification and could be barred from contesting elections if it did not comply with the order.

But Mr. Griffin made clear that the party would continue to focus on the interests of white native Britons and expected only a “trickle rather than a flood” of applications from non-whites.

One member said that the party changed its rules out of a “necessity rather than something we wanted to do from the heart”.

Hasan Suroor, The Hindu, 15 Feb 2010

India, China refusing to accept deported nationals: US lawmaker PDF Print E-mail
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Accusing India along with China, Iran and four other countries of refusing to take back their nationals who were deported from the US, a lawmaker in Washington has introduced a legislation aimed at denying aid to such nations and visas to their nationals. Speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Ted Poe said the number of such "criminal aliens" in the US had increased to 160,000. However, he did not give details of how many of them were from India.

"Right now there are over 160,000 of these criminal aliens roaming our nation and our streets. These people have been lawfully deported after they've served their prison time, but their home nation refuses to take them back," Poe said. He said several countries were refusing to take back their lawfully convicted nationals, naming Vietnam, Jamaica, China, India, Ethiopia, Laos, and Iran.

"These individuals are really people without a country. So what happens to them? Because they have served their time in our Federal and State prisons for felonies, they are actually released back into our communities," Poe said.

Introducing the legislation in the House Poe said: "This bill says that any country who won't take back lawfully convicted foreign nationals who have been deported will lose foreign aid".

Austria slammed for rights denial of 19 Indian origin migrants PDF Print E-mail
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VIENNA: The death of an Indian asylum seeker who was on hunger strike has led to growing human rights concerns here over the plight of illegal immigrants who have been detained in Austria. The authorities said that there are 19 people of Indian origin in preventive detention.  Human rights activists here say that detainees are treated worse than criminals and that one in every three prisoner is on hunger strike. "Conditions in preventive detention worse than prison," screams a headline in the prestigious local daily Die Presse.

India denies visa to US rights activist PDF Print E-mail
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Dr. Ellyn Shander at a Indian embassy in New York denied a visa to US-based humanitarian worker and a critic of the Sri Lanka Government, Dr Ellyn Shander to travel to New Delhi to address the Delhi Tamil Sangam on 20th September, Deccan Chronicle reported. Shander was to address the Delhi meeting with MDMK General Secretary Vaiko, after attending meeting in Bangalore with the local Tamil Sangam on 15th of September."Her [Shander's] Indian host Mr M.Natarajan, Chennai-based political activist and husband of Ms Sasikala, close friend of AIADMK leader Ms Jayalalithaa, has accused both the Central and state governments of curbing free speech in the country," the paper said.

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