British MPs to ask Foreign Secretary to Intervene Against Harassment

October 26, 2007

Author: Staff Writer


British MPs from the three major parties will be requesting the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband to speak to the Kazakhstan President to stop the harassment and human rights abuse against minority Hindu communities in that country.

They made this promise at an event organized by the Hindu Forum of Europe at the House of Commons on 22nd October where two Kazakh human rights activists, Yevgeniy Zhovtis and Ninel Fokina made a presentation on how Hindu houses have been selectively targeted for demolition and a Hindu temple confiscated by a Kazakh Government that they claim is ‘increasingly modeled on the totalitarian style of the older Soviet Union’.

Despite international pressure, the local Government in Kazakhstan has decided to demolish houses belonging to 100 Hindus without following any procedure, protocol or observance of human rights. Riot police moved into Hindu properties and demolished them on 21 November 2006 and again on 15 June 2007 to render Kazakh citizens homeless simply because they were Hindu, while people of other faiths living in the same area have no problems and continue to live without any form of discrimination. This was followed by an official order of the government to demolish the Hindu Temple and the dairy farm of the community. The Temple continues to be under threat and the authorities could come at any time to demolish it. Despite flagrant disregard for minority faith communities and blatant violation of human rights, Kazakhstan is seeking to Chair the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a body that safeguards human rights in Europe.