This Week in Minority Rights 2018–05–29

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen

“NEW DELHI: Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday asserted that minority rights were more safe in India than in any part of the world as secularism was in its DNA, remarks which come amid a controversy over the Delhi Archbishop’s letter on “turbulent political atmosphere” in the country.

However, the Minority AffairsMinister refused to answer when specifically asked about Archbishop Anil Couto’s controversial letter.”

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/minority-rights-safer-in-india-than-in-any-part-of-world-mukhtar-abbas-naqvi/articleshow/64305774.cms.

“The Knesset Committee on Legislation in Israel decided May 6 unanimously to move forward the “override clause,” a first step before the bill is voted on by the Knesset plenum. If it becomes law, it would be the greatest assault on Israeli democracy in its 70 years of existence.

Ministers from all coalition parties rejected the request of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to postpone their vote to another date and passed the most severe version of the bill, according to which a decision of the High Court of Justice could be nullified by a vote of 61 out of 120 Knesset members. If the law is passed, there would no longer be any significance to a High Court decision that a certain law is unconstitutional because it disproportionally injures the rights of an individual. In fact, the Knesset would have the right to legislate injurious laws with the knowledge that the High Court does not have the power to annul them.”

Source: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/05/israel-bill-override-clause-high-court-justice-democracy.html#ixzz5Gxmzbtnw.

“Dr. William (Bill) Shaw, a former West Island MNA, has died at age 85 in Port Perry, Ont.

Shaw was a dentist by profession, but become a controversial figure in Quebec political circles for advocating the partition of the province in the wake of the rising separatist threat that first rocked Quebec and Canada in the 1970s.

Shaw was elected to Quebec’s National Assembly as a member of the Union Nationale Party in Pointe-Claire (a riding later reconfigured into Nelligan) in the momentous provincial election of 1976 that saw René Lévesque’s Parti Québécois party swept into power with the goal of separating Quebec from Canada via referendum.

Prior to the 1980 referendum, which evoked strong passions on both sides of the polarizing debate, Shaw, a staunch federalist, co-authored a book with Lionel Albert entitled Partition, The Price of Quebec’s Independence.”

Source: http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/west-island-gazette/dr-bill-shaw-quebecs-unapologetic-partitionist-dies-at-85.

“THE Zimbabwean gay community said Emmerson Mnangagwa led Zanu PF should conduct a hate speech free election campaign, if the new President was democratic and different from his predecessor, Robert Mugabe.

GALZ director Chester Samba presented the challenge to Mnangagwa in a statement to mark the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia which is celebrated on 17 May.

Unlike his predecessor, President Mnangagwa since ascending to the highest post in the land has been saying that he respects human rights.

Samba who this time did not mention any harassment of his members by the new Harare administration as was the case during Mugabe’s era said they were going to be convinced that Zanu PF had changed and now respected human rights if the ruling party did not denounce gays during the election campaign period.”

Source: https://www.newzimbabwe.com/gays-ed-must-prove-he-is-different-from-mugabe-permit-minority-rights/.

“Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday asserted that minority rights were more safe in India than in any part of the world, as secularism was in its DNA, remarks which come amid a controversy over the Delhi Archbishop’s letter on “turbulent political atmosphere” in the country.

However, the minority affairs minister refused to answer when specifically asked about Archbishop Anil Couto’s controversial letter.”

Source: https://www.mid-day.com/articles/minority-rights-much-safer-in-india-mukhtar-abbas-naqvi/19456177.

(Updated September 28, 2016)

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