Dublin City University Faculty and Students Condemn Repression of Peaceful Protests in India

The wave of protest in India in response to The Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) passed on 11th December 2019 is being violently suppressed. Protesters claim the Act fundamentally alters the concept of Indian citizenship and is against the secular and inclusive India Constitution as it introduces discrimination against Muslims and other ethnic minorities. Protests are happening across all the states in the Northeast of India and have spread to the university campuses in the rest of the country. There have been deaths and injuries in the Northeast and the government has imposed an internet blackout effectively cutting them off from the rest of the world. Injuries have also been reported from JamiaMillia and AMU. On the 19th December, students, noted academicians, activists and political leaders have been detained by the police, following peaceful protests.

As a University, we have colleagues and friends in these Universities that are under attack. We are appalled by the disturbing images we have seen of Delhi police in riot-gear forcibly entering the JamiaMillia campus and attacking students using tear gas shells and batons, including in their accommodation hostels, the library and the mosque. We condemn what appears to be the specific targeting of Muslim students at this religiously mixed university. We also condemn the ongoing illegal siege, internet blackout and curfew imposed on Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh and the violent attacks on universities across the Northeast regions. These universities include Cotton University; Assam University; Tezpur University; Assam Engineering College; TISS; Dibrugarh University; and Guwahati University.

A violent response to political protests by those who are responsible for the protection of citizens has a chilling effect on the democratic rights granted under the Indian Constitution. We believe that the brutalization of students, the attack on universities and violent suppression of citizens’ voices is against the fundamental norms of a democratic society and contrary to the idea of India. We express solidarity with the citizens in the northeast, and students, faculty and staff of Jamia Millia Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University, and all those campuses that are currently experiencing violence, and support the ongoing protests to uphold the secular principles of the Constitution.

DISCLAIMER: This statement has been issued by the undersigned in their individual capacity and does not in any manner reflect the official position of Dublin City University regarding this matter, whatever that maybe.

Full Name Institute / Department
Harikrishnan S School of Law and Government
Anish Tiwari DCU Business School
Vidushi Kaushik Ireland India Institute, School of Law and Government
Ramadan Ilazi School of Law and Government
Jonathan Arlow School of law and government
Maria O’Brien School of Communications
PintuLohar Dublin City University
AngelosBollas School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS)
Mohd Tahir Ganie School of Law and Government
Sonia Balagopalan School of Mathematical Sciences
Arpita Chakraborty Ireland India Institute, Dublin City University
Dr Caroline West School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies
Paul O’ Neill School of Communications
AurelieSicard Ireland India Institute
Seamus Farrell School of Communications
Proma Ray Chaudhury School of Law and Government
Anwesha Mohanty School of Computing
MariatImaeva School of Law and Government
Cheong Xian hui adel School of English
Sweta Chakraborty School of Law and Government
J Ó Faoláin ADAPT Centre DCU
Iain McMenamin School of Law and Government
Ricardo Castellini da Silva School of Communications
Sagun Shrestha School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS)
Catherine Connolly School of Law and Government
TapasyaNarang School of English
Erika Marcet School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS)
Deirdre Foley History & Geography
Tadgh Jenkins Humanities and Social Sciences
Jade Smyth Dublin City University
James Gallen School of Law and Government
Olive Maitha DCU Business School
Paola Rivetti School of Law and Government
Miraj Mohamed School of Law and Government
Denise Ripamonti School of Law and Government
Marina Efthymiou DCU Business School
John Gleeson School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS)
Anindita Bhattacharya Dublin City University
Bitopi Dutta School of Law and Government
Eileen Connolly School of Law and Government
Fióna Bolger School of English
Nitika Singh Dublin City University
AmruthaPrabhakaran School of Chemical Sciences
Alessandra Rossetti School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS)
Ruben Arellano School of Chemical Sciences
Mathavan Department of Chemistry
Moign Khawaja School of Law and Government
LiridonaVeliu School of Law and Government
AdeelaFarqan DCU Business School
Vishwajeet Samuel Gain MA Journalism, DCU School of Communications
Erika Biagini Dublin City University
Lorraine NíGháirbhith Institute of Education
Barra Ó Seaghdha School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS)
Manuela Ascari School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health
Lorraine NíGháirbhith Institute of Education

 

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