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GDPR Compliance

The GDPR regulation aims to make personal data processing more transparent and to give people more control over their data. Even though the GDPR only applies to EU citizens, we have decided to go beyond and adopt the same good policies for all of our users, regardless of their citizenship or location. The new rules became effective on 25th of May 2018. The following two documents apply these rules to our service:

 

  1. Our Privacy Policy, which describes how we collect, use, share and process our customers’ personal data.
  2. Our Data Processing Agreement (DPA), which regulates our responsibilities as a data processor,

 

Processing of your personal data

 

In compliance with the GDPR, our new Privacy Policy explains in detail what information we receive from you and why. It also outlines how we share your personal information and with whom we share it with.

 

1. You provide minimum data and are in control of it

 

The first thing you need to know is that we collect the minimum data needed to provide our communications and news function. When you communicate with  us, you provide your contact information. We need this to process your event invitations and newsletter subscriptions, and to keep you updated about Hindu issues, as well as to send you send critical information related to the services you use. You can edit this data, download it and request profile deletion through your customer area.

 

2. We share your contact data with no third parties.

 

3. You control your email subscription preferences

If you’ve given us your express consent, we also use your email address to share updates, queries and status reports. This consent can be withdrawn or modified at any time by notifying us.

 

These are some of the most important points in the Privacy Policy, but to see everything in details we strongly encourage you to read through the whole document. We also have a designated Data Protection officer, who can address your questions related to your personal data and how we process it.

 

Processing of the data uploaded on your account

 

We also have responsibilities as a data processor. This means that when our contacts use our services and we store any personal data on servers, we are required by the GDPR to meet some criteria for handling this data too. These obligations are described in details in the new Data Processing Agreement, and you can see below some of the major points explained.

1. Transparent Security measures

One of our main responsibilities as an entity processing information, uploaded on our servers concerning our contacts, is to provide adequate security measures. The DPA has them listed in the form of an official document (Annex 2 of DPA).

2. Minimum access principle

The DPA puts in writing our obligation to access any data that our customers store on our servers only to the extent needed to provide our services and to make sure only employees that are directly involved with the provision of the service have access to it.

3. We provide access to secure partners only

Sometimes our partnering companies such as hosting companies etc need access to the data uploaded on our servers so that we can provide our service. Our supplier partners are an example of such a partnering company. We provide access only to partners that have same or higher level of data protection as the one we guarantee you through our DPA.

4. Any personal data breach is timely disclosed

Our DPA responsibilities include timely disclosure by us, if a personal data breach is detected by us to have happened on the servers used by our clients. We are obliged to notify our affected customers within 72 hours.

5. Any end user GDPR requests are appropriately passed on

Also if we receive a request by an individual, regarding any data hosted on our servers, to exercise one of the personal data rights outlined in the GDPR, we’ll direct them to our DPA.

Hindu & Sikh organisations call the Government to account for "Hate Crime" discrimination

British Citizens have, for many years now, been able to move Parliament to enact legislation for the protection of human rights and to ensure that equality is preserved, adhered to and maintained in terms of access and remedy. As British society has evolved, Parliament has responded to ensure that these legal protections remain up-to-date and indeed relevant but of late many of Britains communities are beginning to comment that the twin sisters of British Jurisprudence, Justitia and Prudentia are no longer blind to difference nor prudent and seem to be displaying increasingly tangible bias.

The Dharmic Communities have been pressing Government for equality of access, equality of support and equality of treatment but recent developments indicate that these requests are falling on deaf ears. The NCHTUK, the HFB and the NSO have been working together to communicate to the Government that these inequalities which appear systemic are harming the minority Dharmic communities and the NSO recently presented these results, from the Sikh perspective to the Government. The concerns apply equally to the Hindu community and we are appreciative and whole heartedly supportive of the initiatives taken by Lord Singh and the NSO. The following is an extract of some of the issues raised by NSO with Government and we hope that working together we will be able to ensure greater equality for all Dharmic Communities.

                                                            Executive Summary

 Action Against Hate (July 2016) included reference to a number of government funded projects dedicated in tackling hate crime affecting Muslims and Jews. There was no reference to projects for Sikhs or any other non-Abrahamic faith group.

  • Despite the high profile ‘revenge’ attack for Lee Rigby on a Sikh dentist in Wales in 2015, and a catalogue of hate crimes against Sikhs here, and in the U.S where the first person to be killed in retribution for 9/11 was a Sikh, there is little focus on the community from government.
  • With the exception of the places of worship security fund, there has been little progress. The one initiative (with True Vision) looking to help support Hindu and Sikh victims of hate, announced in 2017, has not moved any further forwards, despite being announced a year ago.
  • ‘Prevention’ in the school setting must be inclusive of children of non-Abrahamic faiths.

 

This submission follows on from evidence submitted by NSO to this inquiry in January 2017.[1]

1 True Vision

Back in January 2017, we were heartened to see the government acknowledge a specific request in our submission to this very inquiry, by announcing specific funding for Hindu and Sikh communities in helping report hate crime via the police-reporting portal True Vision.[2] Despite an initial meeting with True Vision, and subsequent correspondence since, a year on the project appears to have come no further forwards.We would like the inquiry to establish the reason for the delay.

 

1.2 We understand True Vision is working with National Churchwatch (NC) in promoting a series of workshops talking with clergy about how to keep safe. This also involves the funding for NC to work with academics at Royal Holloway University to conduct research into anti-Christian hate. We would like a similar commitment and have established links with academics, who are already conducting research into the post 9/11 backlash Sikhs face and would be able to assist.We would like to see government funding commitment to support such research efforts.

 

1.3 We are aware of the publication of forthcoming Routledge academic volume titled: Racialization, Islamophobia and Mistaken Identity: The Sikh Experience.[3] This is being co-authored by Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal from the University of Birmingham and journalist Hardeep Singh, who is an officer in the NSO.

2Religious literacy

Much of the hatred directed at Sikhs is down to ignorance about Sikhism and Sikh articles of faith. This is why Sikhs and other non-Muslims are being recorded as victims of ‘Islamophobic hate crime’ by forces like the MET police. The figures we’ve obtained via FOI from the MET show that 25% of victims of so called ‘Islamophobic hate crime’ in 2016 are non-Muslims, and for the previous year the figure is 28%.S ome recent research on non-Muslim victims of Islamophobia (which includes Sikhs) by Professor Peter Hopkins from the University of Newcastle recommends, ‘increasing understanding of ethnic, religious and cultural differences.[4]We agree with this statement and the government must ensure steps for parity for all faith groups with this in mind.

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3.1Bullying in schools

 As Professor Peter Hopkins points out ‘misidentification’ occurs in public places including schools.[5]Action Against Hatestates it would tackle bullying in schools with a ‘new programme to equip teachers to facilitate conversations about ‘difficult topics’ and carry out a new assessment of the level of anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, homophobic, racist and other bullying in schools’. This involves working with the Anne Frank Trust and Streetwise, which run educational programmes.Sikh children, (in particular thosewith patkas) must also to be considered in the context of Islamophobia. There was the case from the U.S in which a boy is filming his classmates on a bus whilst they refer to him as a ‘terrorist’.[6] The video shot in 2015 went viral, but shows how visible difference can promote prejudice. We find it peculiar that the government hasn’t extended ‘prevention’ projects to other children from ‘visible’ faith minorities. We request an urgent review of this element with input from both the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Education. The government must brief project leads in the Anne Frank Trust and Streetwise on this element to encourage a more inclusive faith community approach.

 

25 January 2018

 


[1] http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/home-affairs-committee/hate-crime-and-its-violent-consequences/written/45945.html

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-hate-crime-package-to-target-groups-at-need

[3] https://www.amazon.co.uk/Racialization-Islamophobia-Mistaken-Identity-Experience/dp/081535262X

[4] http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press/articles/archive/2017/03/islamophobia-otherethnicgroups/

[5] Ibid.

[6] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-31695234


[i]Gov.uk. (2016). Hate crime action plan 2016 - GOV.UK. [online] Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hate-crime-action-plan-2016 [Accessed 7 Dec. 2017].

[ii]Ibid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NCHT(UK) submits complaint to IPSO on the use of the word "Asian"

 The NCHT(UK) has submitted a formal complaint to the Press regulator, IPSO, regarding the following article.

The Mirrors article of the 11th March 2018 - Headline “Britain's 'worst ever' child grooming scandal exposed: Hundreds of young girls raped, beaten, sold for sex and some even KILLED”

We have objected to the Mirror's depiction of the perpetrators of these horrific crimes, as being identified as Asian. This description defames all Indians, Chinese, Vietnamese etc and contributes towards the increasing incidence of hate crimes against these entirely innocent ethnicities and communities. This sustained and consistent trend for the media to use the word "Asian" whenever there is a "grooming gang" incident is recognisable as an act of harassment against British Asians. It is a deliberate attempt to associate "grooming gangs" with "ALL ASIANS" in the minds of the non-Asian British public and in terms of the scale of this act of harassment, it is being inflicted upon and harms all British Asians, numbering in the millions of British citizens.

             We wholeheartedly support the complaint to IPSO made by the NSO (Network of Sikh Organisations) on the inappropriate use of the word 'Asian' in the Mirror's story. This is something we have been seeing in the British press for some time and have found it utterly objectionable. Hindu girls, like Sikh and white girls, have also suffered at the hands of sexual grooming gangs for decades and if there is an identifiable commonality or ideology connecting these “grooming gangs”, the free press must not abdicate its responsibility to fully report facts including the complete identity of those perpetrating these crimes.

            The print media has a responsibility to be clear in language, and 'Asian' only serves to smear wholly innocent communities, whilst shielding those responsible. We sincerely hope that IPSO will accept our objections and uphold our, and the NSO's complaint and in so doing protect the wider wholly innocent British Asian communities from further defamation. This will set a much needed precedent.

View NSO Article - http://nsouk.co.uk/the-mirrors-recent-article-on-grooming-gangs-and-use-of-the-word-asian/

If you would like to add your voice to this issue please do so with IPSO directly at  

https://www.ipso.co.uk/make-a-complaint/

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The Fruits of Difficult InterFaith Conversations -

The Fruit of Difficult InterFaith Conversations - 100 Exiled Sikhs can return to their homeland in Punjab.

 "Genuine InterFaith Dialogue is not only vital to community cohesion but it may be THE critical area which will deliver or deny a peaceful 21st Century. It is the hardest space to work in but for those with motives based upon true seva and the courage to recognise that they may not have all the answers, the rewards can be pivotal as this news shows." Satish K Sharma, General Secretary, NCHT(UK)

The news that 100 Sikhs, who were exiled by the Congress government following Operation Bluestar, can now visit their families and their Punjabi homeland is a testament to the force for good which genuine InterFaith can be. The NCHT(UK) places on record its deep appreciation for the courageous visionaries in the British Sikh community who took a risk in extending their hands and supporting our "Dharma Rising" initiative and for welcoming Dr Swamy into the Hounslow Gurudwara for a ground breaking seminar. Their vision has begun to be realised today with the removal by the BJP Government of India, of the ban on 100 exiled Sikhs.

The premier Indian news portal pgurus.com yesterday announced:-

 

"It all started with Dr. Swamy’s visit to the UK in 2015, flying on the winds of great expectations and anticipation. A series of events organised by Satish Sharma of gss 04 smlVHS-UK as part of the National Council of Hindu Temples (NCHTUK) called ‘Dharma Rising’, gave oxygen to the masses to engage in productive, positive debate reflecting upon issues ranging from interfaith dialogue, relationships between India and the UK, the British General Election and the Indian Diaspora."

 

The series of events took place at venues in London, Slough, and Birmingham. In a dramatic gesture of goodwill between the Hindu and Sikh community, co-ordinated by Dr Jasdev Singh Rai and the Trustees of the British Sikh Consultative Forum, and the Trustees of the NCHT(UK) supported by the Trustees and Management Committee of the Hounslow Sri Guru Granth Sahib Gurudwara, Dr. Swamy became the first Indian politician to be welcomed in any Gurdwara in the West since 1984. Also present was Sr Raghbir Singh of the DamDami Taksal.

It's undeniable that the meeting commenced with an almost palpable air of distrust and suspicion, of unrecognised suffering and injustice. The presence of courageous Hindu and Sikh community leaders ensured that a "safe container" was maintained within which the most uncomfortable and sensitve issues could be explored and understood. When the seminar and meeting concluded a cordial, mutually respectful atmosphere prevailed. Dr Swamy had made a commitment to take back the wishes of all community members present in the gathering and to press for, amongst other needs, freedom to return for exiled Sikhs.

With the determination which is a hallmark of Dr Swamyji's campaigning, Dr Swamy lobbied the Indian Government, continued meetings with members of the Sikh Community globally as well as in India, where he met Sr Jasbir Singh Rode of the DamDami Taksal and succeeded in commencing the process of reconciliation. Today one of the wounds inflicted upon the Sikh diaspora has begun to heal.

 

dss gw langarsmlOn reflection there were many reasons for the meeting not to have happened. Many raucous voices objected to Dr Swamy visiting the UK, claiming everything from "Hindu Fundamentalism" due to his BJP membership, of "Islamaphobia" because of his Ram Temple campaign and many other ad hominem attacks. He was prevented from speaking at Oxford University, there were complaints to the Charity Commission alleging that his visit was politically motivated etc etc but the meetings continued and due to the courage of the Sikh and Hindu community organisations and the spirit of genuine interfaith dialogue, the paradigm has today shifted.

 

 

 

Noteworthy was the observation regarding the social media hype, made by one of the young Hindu volunteers at the time - "No ltr sikhone is focussing on the important matters being discussed, why are they criticising the people and not challenging the facts being discussed?" It is clear that in addition to the many good people and leaders of all faiths who do wish to improve our British communites and strengthen our inter community ties, there are equally very vocal voices who do not wish to see inter and intra faith harmony improving. They can usually be identified by their use of ad hominem attacks and they themselves pose the greatest threat to a harmonious, integrated tranquil multi cultural society, one comprised of diverse voices and history's, maintaining their diversity, but learning to live with each other, for each other.

The Trustees of the NCHT(UK) who are followers of the Dharmic principles of Satya (Reality), Jnana (Wisdom), Ahimsa (Non Violence), Shanti (Tranquility) recognise that the "appearance of InterFaith dialogue" (known as chai samosa InterFaith or fake InterFaith) is easy and comfortable but has not delivered what Britain so desperately needs. It is clear that the British people desperately need authentic InterFaith, which like Dharma, requires honest engagement and dialogue. With the support of courageous leaders of all faiths and traditions, and with the patronage of equally courageous Parliamentarians such as Dr Subramanian Swamy MP, Bob Blackman MP and Seema Malhotra MP, we hope to continue to see more successful "Hard Talk initiatives" emerging from all communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NCHT(UK) statement on IPSO DECISION re "ASIAN GROOMING GANGS"

The NCHT(UK) response to the IPSO decision endorsing the discriminatory use of the term "Asian".

PRESS RELEASE –

IPSO DECISION ON THE USE OF THE WORD ASIANS IN REFERENCE TO “GROOMING GANGS”

The recent decision of IPSO on the use of "Asian grooming gangs" serves to prove that British Asians are being targeted by the British media, with institutional sanction.

Specificity and precision in language and reporting are crucial which is why “Islamist terror attacks” are not called "Muslim terror attacks", why Clergy paedophilia is not referred to as “Christian paedophilia”, why “extreme right wing racists” are not referred to as “British or European racists”. In each of these examples, where specificity is vital, it is clearly applied and yet where the crimes of “grooming gangs" are concerned, specificity is abandoned and the generic broad brush term “Asian” is repeatedly applied. This is clearly a discriminatory policy and yet IPSO, which exists to prevent such discrimination, chooses to be elastic with its terms of reference.

To repeatedly tarnish the innocent majority as a result of the actions of a minority is clearly an injustice. To do so in the case of the most evil of crimes, targeting the most vulnerable group in society, underage girls – our children, is clearly an act of malice. To identify the innocent majority with the heinous crimes of those who repeatedly, deliberately and with premeditation, select children on the basis of their ethnicity and religious profile, is clearly an act of racist malice by the mainstream media, in this particular instance the Mirror newspaper.

For IPSO to have then defended such a glaring anomaly, to have overlooked the gross inconsistency and to have performed linguistic gymnastics to defend a position which is irrational and unreasonable, is clear evidence of how much institutional contempt for those "Brown and Yellow" people still persists in 21st Century Great Britain.

There is an increasing sense amongst the British public that British Institutions which exist to provide the British public with services, are no longer acting in their interests, are no longer “fit for purpose” and for the non-white British public this is doubly so, where the residual presence of colonial prejudice is still regularly felt.

IPSO’s decision is clearly deeply flawed and we will be responding to their decision once we have consulted with our “Asian” and “NON ASIAN” community influencers.

https://www.ipso.co.uk/make-a-complaint/

The IPSO Decision -

The Complaints Committee has considered your complaint, the email of 26 March from IPSO’s Executive notifying you of its view that your complaint did not raise a possible breach of the Editors’ Code of Practice, and your email of 30 March requesting a review of the Executive’s decision. The Committee agreed the following decision:

The Committee apologised that the Executive’s letter did not fully address the concerns you had raised under Clause 3 (Harassment). You said that there was a general bias in the media against Asians. The terms of Clause 3 generally relates to the conduct of journalists during the newsgathering process, and is designed to protect individuals from unwanted or repeated approaches by the press. Your concerns that the article was bias against Asian people did not engage the terms of the Code, and did not therefore raise a possible breach of Clause 3.

Also, while the Code does cover discrimination under Clause 12, this does not apply to groups or categories of people. The terms of Clause 12 are designed to protect identified or identifiable individuals mentioned by the press against discrimination on the basis of their race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or any physical or mental illness or disability. Therefore concerns that the article, or the press more generally, discriminates against Asian people in general, do not engage the terms of the Editors’ Code.

For these reasons, and the reasons already provided by IPSO’s Executive, the Committee decided that your complaint did not raise a possible breach of the Code.. As such, it declined to re-open your complaint.

The Committee would like to thank you for giving it the opportunity to consider your concerns.

 

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