Wednesday, November 22, 2006

more from the 'religion of peace': "State Bulldozes Hindu Homes in Kazakhstan"

nov 22nd, 2006

what mohammedans do to hindus all the time.

the really ironic thing is that the *british* govt, chivvied on by british hindus, has protested this outrage.

the indian govt protested the danish cartoons about mohammed, but is totally silent about this. manmohan and cronies are currently also too busy kowtowing to the chinaman.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: arun

MEDIA RELEASE - ISKCON COMMUNICATIONS

STATE BULLDOZES HINDU HOMES IN KAZAKHSTAN
Claims of religious tolerance laid
bare by aggression against religious minorities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 21, 2006

Contact: Anuttama Dasa  -  (301) 299-9707; info@icinternational.org
    Vineet Chander - (201) 925-4973; vineet@iskcon.com

Almaty – Earlier today in the central Asian country of Kazakhstan, several
busloads of riot police and two bulldozers demolished eleven homes owned by
members of the Hare Krishna religion, a Vaishnava Hindu tradition, leaving
multiple families homeless in freezing temperatures and winter snow.

The surprise demolition is part of what human rights organizations have labeled
a land-grab by local government officials against a religious minority.

Incredulously, the bulldozing began even while a state special commission –
appointed to investigate allegations of religious harassment against Hindus in
Kazakhstan – has promised that no government action would be taken until the
commission made its findings public.

"I have no words to describe what I have seen," said Ninel Fokina, head of the
Almaty Helsinki Committee, an international human rights organization,
monitoring the police action.  "They have no right to put people out of their
homes in winter."

Forum 18, a religious rights watchdog group, has documented a long history of
intolerance towards Hindus and other religious minorities in Kazakhstan. South
Korean Pastor Kim U. Sob, who led a Presbyterian church in the country for
eight years, was expelled on November 14th for "missionary activity without
registration." Even members of minority Muslim groups, like the international
Tabligh Jama'at, are regularly fined for giving lectures in mosques without
state registration.

The demolition has evoked outrage from the worldwide Hindu community.

"National Hindu organizations from the UK, United States, Canada, Australia,
and other countries condemn this injustice, and call upon the Kazakhstan
government to immediately stop the persecution of Hindus," said Ramesh
Kallidai, Secretary General of the Hindu Forum of Britain.

Krishna members own several dozen private family homes along with a hundred
plus acre tract of undeveloped land in the Almaty region. Disputes began months
ago when Krishna believers attempted to privatize their land per Kazakh law
allowing private ownership in the former communist state.  Registration
attempts were denied to Krishna believers who then sought court protection;
those efforts too were repeatedly frustrated.

Ironically, Kazakhstan recently hosted the "Congress of the Leaders of World
and Traditional Religions," a conference on religious diversity, and is
pursuing the chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in
Europe (OSCE), an international human rights commission.

"Today the homes of innocent people of faith have been destroyed, and women and
children put out into the snow, at the hands of a government that claims to
value religious freedom," said Anuttama Dasa, spokesperson for the
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).  "Such aggression
against innocent people, coupled with blatant governmental hypocrisy, should
not be tolerated by the international community, Dasa said.


  For more information about the persecution of religious minorities in
Kazakhstan visit: www.Forum18.org.


5 comments:

chitrakut said...

Borat was right about Kazakhstan

slim_shady said...

Damn right.

virat0 said...

Thanks to all the people who has helped hindus in Kazaksthan by bringing up the issue before authorities. Hope somebody will help them, when they need it.

virat0 said...

Thanks Nizhal Yodha, for posting it.

nizhal yoddha said...

good one, chitrakut, about borat! :-)

the kazakhs are not to be confused with the cossack warriors of russia and ukraine.

kazakhs, kyrgyz, uzbek, et al are all former buddhist tribes converted to mohammedanism in the great expansion of mohammedanism by fire and sword into the heart of buddhist central asia.