2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat. My article below appeared on The Wire (India). A shorter version appeared on Pearls and Irritations. Last September when Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was in Bali for the G20 Summit, he tweeted, “So wonderful to see my friend @narendramodi, Prime Minister of India.” Modi returned the compliment and confirmed that Albanese … Continue reading Human rights are a shared concern – why Albanese must be an ‘honest’ friend to Modi
Modi’s India gets a free pass on Human Rights – but not China!
The people of Jammu-Kashmir are at a critical juncture in their struggle for justice. Despite the fact that they live in the most militarised region on earth, experience shocking human rights abuses, and have been given a genocide warning by Genocide Watch, few Western countries have acted. It’s time for the Australian government to speak … Continue reading Modi’s India gets a free pass on Human Rights – but not China!
Islamophobia – where hate speech can lead to death
I wrote this article a few months back for the Autumn edition of GreenMail, a quarterly Greens NSW publication. The issue of hate speech and violence is now even more topical. Tejasvi Surya, a politician with the extremist Bharatiya Janata Party, recently toured Australia. He was on a speaking tour and to recruit for the … Continue reading Islamophobia – where hate speech can lead to death
India’s Republic Day should not be another BJP propaganda occasion – call grows to release Delhi 18 gaoled for defending Constitution
26 January 2022 This article was published in The Wire India. By Lee Rhiannon India’s Republic Day, with all its pomp and celebratory zeal, should be an occasion to also highlight the plight of the Delhi 18, the group of young students and activists, many of whom are in jail for staging protests against the Narendra … Continue reading India’s Republic Day should not be another BJP propaganda occasion – call grows to release Delhi 18 gaoled for defending Constitution
How and why Modi forces are using Indian laws to criminalise peaceful activities
A global webinar on “Criminalization Of Peaceful Expressions”, organised in parallel with the 48th session of United Nations Human Rights Commission, explored Indian laws and practices that aim to outlaw peaceful activities and demonstrate how these laws are inconsistent with India’s international legal obligations. This event was organised by the Kashmir Institute of International Relations … Continue reading How and why Modi forces are using Indian laws to criminalise peaceful activities
Australia’s support for Authoritarian Governments in the Asia Pacific Region – focusing on India and Philippines
International Volunteers for Peace, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and Independent and Peaceful Australia Network are to be congratulated and thanked for organising the Raising Peace Conference held at the end of September. My speech on Australia's support for authoritarian governments is below. Here is a link to some of the other conference … Continue reading Australia’s support for Authoritarian Governments in the Asia Pacific Region – focusing on India and Philippines
ScoMo Has One Rule For China, Another For India On Abuse Of Muslim Minorities
Published by New Matilda. While the Australian Government has ramped up its rhetoric and aggression towards China, its silence on human rights abuses in India remains deafening. Lee Rhiannon explains. The virtual summit between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, held in early June, had a largely militaristic outcome and … Continue reading ScoMo Has One Rule For China, Another For India On Abuse Of Muslim Minorities