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Sunday, 5 January 2020
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  LSS: Winter Break - no lecture this evening
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Winter Break - no LSS meeting today. Our new season starts in January http://leicestersecularsociety.org.uk/calendar/month.php?year=2020&month=01 Meanwhile we may bring you occasional details of other events or news of interest on Twitter - follow @LSScalendar https://twitter.com/lsscalendar Facebook - https://en-gb.facebook.com/LeicesterSecularSociety/

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14:00 Category: External event featuring LSS member(s)[14:00] LSS: Protest against Indian Government's Citizenship Amendment Act
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A group with connections to India are to hold a peaceful protest on 5th January (Sunday from 2pm to 3:30pm) at Leicester City Centre, near the Clock Tower. The intention is to raise awareness amongst the wider community and in support those in India seeking to defend and enhance their secular traditions and constitution. The Board of Leicester Secular Society has decided to support this event and hope those members and supporters who can, will attend. Details: https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/552235338695065/ Background: India in recent years has seen an increase in discrimination and violence against both minority religions and the rationalist and atheist community. This is despite its long held secularist/rationalist and religious traditions of tolerance and respect. Secular political parties and constitutional secularism have been losing out to religious partisanship and radicalization. On 11th December the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 was passed by the Parliament of India. It amended the Citizenship Act of 1955 by providing a path to Indian citizenship for Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian religious minorities that had fled persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan before December 2014. Muslims were not given such eligibility. The act was the first time religion had been overtly used as a criterion for citizenship under Indian law. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called the new law "fundamentally discriminatory", adding that while India's "goal of protecting persecuted groups is welcome", this should be accomplished through a non-discriminatory "robust national asylum system". It is feared that the bill will be used, along with the National Register of Citizens, to render many Muslim citizens stateless, as they may be unable to meet stringent birth or identity proof requirements. It also excludes persecuted religious minorities from other regions such as Tibet, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

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