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Kyrgyzstan: Viral videos Spark Fresh Conversation on Xenophobia

The footage has generated much online outrage.

Ayzirek Imanaliyeva/Eurasianet

A screenshot of the footage showing the assault on the Pakistani students

A pair of video clips circulating online are reawakening difficult conversations in Kyrgyzstan about the seemingly unshakeable scourge of xenophobia.

One, which surfaced last week, shows an assault on a pair of Pakistani medical volunteers by a group of Kyrgyz men. Another was self-filmed by a group of Kyrgyz expatriates in Russia, who warn in the footage they will beat up any Kyrgyz women who date men of other ethnicities.

These episodes have sparked a furious reaction online among commenters expressing dismay over a kind of recurrent hostility to foreigners felt to be threatening the country’s social fabric and reputation for hospitality.

The assault on the Pakistani men, who are studying for medical degrees in Kyrgyzstan, occurred outside a resort complex near the village of Koi-Tash, just outside Bishkek. To begin with, one attacker warned the victims that they should leave the country.

“We asked him to calm down and leave us alone. But after some time, he came back, and not alone, but with five or six other guys,” one of the students, Shah Abbas Ali, toldKaktus website in an interview.

The assault left Abbas Ali with abrasions and a broken nose.

What has particularly aggrieved the public is that Abbas Ali had shortly before the incident volunteered at a drop-in center in Bishkek, to help the teetering healthcare system cope with the intensifying burden of the coronavirus emergency.

On July 21, police detained two suspects, men aged 30 and 31 years old.

Before the furor over that attack had died down, another video appeared online showing a gang of Kyrgyz men in Russia warning women to avoid starting relationships with foreign men.

“We do all kinds of jobs and we have many ethnic groups working with us – Uzbeks, Kyrgyz, all kinds. In these places, we invariably find Kyrgyz women. And we say to them, once, twice: If you do not obey, we will kick your ass,” the man in the video says. “We have gathered here because we are burning with pain for our Kyrgyz women. They go to nightclubs with other ethnicities, laughing the whole time.”

The men were later tracked down and questioned by representatives of the Kyrgyz Interior Ministry based in Russia.

In a subsequent direct-to-video statement circulated by the police, one of the men in the original video apologizes, albeit only very half-heartedly, for his words and warns fellow Kyrgyz men to refrain from whipping up trouble. He does not appear to specifically disavow his previous sentiments, though.

At least 800,000 Kyrgyz nationals are officially registered as working and living in Russia. In contrast with Uzbek and Tajik communities, that expatriate population includes large numbers of women, a fact that has occasionally given rise to tensions among chauvinist Kyrgyz men.

In 2012, for example, a self-styled patriotic group posted videos onlinein which women were seen being mocked and physically assaulted, and even tortured, for the perceived offense of being seen socializing with non-Kyrgyz males. Another wave of similar videos was posted online in 2015 and 2016, in which the women were insulted for their relations with Azerbaijani and Uzbek men.

The criticism also extends to women inside Kyrgyzstan deemed to have offended public morals for their relations with foreign men. In another high-profile case in 2017, also captured on camera, a young woman was punched in the face while out shopping at a bazaar in Bishkek with a male Afghan companion, who was threatened and told to “get out of Kyrgyzstan.”

Students from India and Pakistan, many of whom pursue medical studies in Kyrgyzstan, meanwhile, say they are regularly targeted for xenophobic attacks – not for dating Kyrgyz women, which they rarely do, but just for being foreigners.

According to RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz service, Radio Azattyk, there are about 8,700 Pakistanis and 9,000 Indians studying in Bishkek alone. There are also smaller contingents of Pakistani and Indian expats in other regions, like Osh, Jalal-Abad and Issyk-Kul.

(This story was originally published by Eurasianet Eurasianet © 2020)

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India News Brief

18 September 2020

COVID-19 Cases:5,118,2553  Deaths: 83,198

COVID-19 At a Glance 

The new guidelines issued by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on 29 August

Metro rail will be allowed to operate with effect from 7thSeptember 2020 in a graded manner, by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA)/ Ministry of Railways (MOR), in consultation with MHA. In this regard, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by MOHUA.

Social/ academic/ sports/ entertainment/ cultural/ religious/ political functions and other congregations will be permitted with a ceiling of 101 persons, with effect from 21st September 2020. However, such limited gatherings can be held with mandatory wearing of face masks, social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and hand wash or sanitizer.Open air theatres will be permitted to open with effect from 21stSeptember 2020.

Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students and regular class activity up to 30 September.
Online/distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged. However, following will be permitted, in areas outside the Containment Zones only, with effect from 21stSeptember 2020 for which, SOP will be issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW):

Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres (excluding open air theatre) and similar places remain closed.

According to MHA directive, lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till 30th September, 2020.

COVID-19: Highlights 

Religious Places Visit: No Touching of Deity, No Sparkling of Holy Water No Prasada in Temples Wearing Mask Thermal Screening is a must 

Shopping Malls Visit: Elderly People With 65 Years of Age and Children Below 10 Years Are Advised to Stay at Home.

Restaurant and food courts in malls to operate at 50 per cent seating capacity with a mandatory distance of six feet between tables. No common prayer mats, physical offerings like prasad, or sprinkling of holy water, in places of worship. Age and health-based restrictions on stepping out of home. Masks to be mandatory, and the Aarogya Setu app 'recommended' for all.

Use of masks, thermal screening, social distancing and sanitisation, the guidelines  require people above 65 years of age, specially  people with comorbidities, pregnant woman, and children below the age of 10 years, to stay at home. Masks are mandatory at all times, including inside restaurants

Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Indian Health Ministry 

  • International air travel, Metro rail services not allowed 

Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places; and, social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions/ and other large congregations will not allowed..

According to MHA guidelines, in Phase II, schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching institutions etc., will be opened after consultations with States and Union Territories.

There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods. No separate permission or approval or e-permit will be required for such movement

But  states have the freedom to decide on public movement.

How to identify Fake News or Messeges on Social Media 

Beware of Fake News and Fake Messages on Social Media

Always follow websites or social media platforms of traditional media outlets whether newspapers, magazines,Television News Channels or Radio Stations and authentic online only media outlets.They still maintain journalism excellence and stress on reportorial talent.On the other hand, fake news websites run by people with non journalism background and promote their own ideology with fake news and disinformations and obviously conspiracy theories.

But unfortunately mainstream media also manipulates news to establish their story angle.There were various instances when News papers and TV Channels promoted fake news/conspiracy theories in the form of out of context or manipulated pictures/videos and distorted informations.

Always check the URL of any website.Some fake news websites look like the orginal and popular one the same layout,Logo but if you check the URL you may find extra words like if the orginal website's URL is www.xxx.com the duplicate one might be www.xxx.com.co or something like that so first check the URL for authentic informations.

Check whether photos are original or photoshopped.Check Google images for authenticity.You can find help from Google Reverse Images search.

Check the news sources from other websites whether they picked up the story or not.

Whether the website layout is little bit clumsy and obviously grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes and excessive use of Sex related and sensational and hate stories.Because sex and hate sells.

Follow official websites relating to COVID-19

WHO Clarifies the disinformation about the virus:
COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates
Cold Weather and Snow can not kill the new coronavirus
Taking a Hot Bath Does Not Prevent COVID-19
COVID-19 Can not be transmitted through mosquito bites

Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth)

According to World Health Organization (WHO): Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth . If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.

If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition

Follow WHO guidelines

www.who.int

When you follow COVID-19 related news and messages from social media then check and recheck it before consuming it.Follow journalism mantra: if your mother says she loves you, check it out.

Most of the messages or informations quote different organizations like WHO, UNICEF, UNDP,Cambridge University  or other well known institutes,organizations or individual to authenticate the messeges.Check official websites of these organizations  if stories are repeated there

Forwarding messages from unknown sources or little known sources, it would be better to ignore it.

Check whether any logo like UNICEF or WHO or other organizations used in the messages which look similar to original logo.

These type of messages are full of Grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes which are quite uncommon in original messages.

Don't rely on viral social media messages such as Coronavirus Infected Indian Currencies of Rs.500 and Rs.2,000 Notes Found, Muslim Man Spit in Food At Indian Restaurant.....Always Check Authentic Sources.

Some fake messages pretend to be real one like unofficial Twitter handle of international media organizations like BBC,CNN,Washinton Post, New York Times-check the official Twitter handles of media outlets.

You can identify fake messages if the message requests you to share it.

Beware of Fake News or Fake Photos/Videos Relating to Communal Hatred

Always check the fact checking sites if you have some doubts about the authenticity of any information or picture.

www.boomlive.in

www.altnews.in

https://check4spam.com

https://smhoaxslayer.com

www.factchecker.in

www.allsides.com

www.factcheck.org

www.newsbusters.org

www.politifact.com

www.snopes.com

www.propublica.org

The Same Method Applies to You Tube Videos Check the Source the credibility of the Source.To Check Fake You Tube Videos Check and Recheck the sources. Does the person have the legal right to the video posted? Did that person capture the video? Whether it has been altered?

But due to advancement of technology we can not really wipe out fake news.According to experts advent of  Artificial Intelligence(AI) some companies small or big one developing  technologies that can  lay digitally created script to anybody's voice  even words,sentences never said by the person.Even they a.re developing a technology which can create fake video footage,images,audios like originals.So be cautious! Rumour-mongers are active everywhere whether in physical world or cyber world.

For any further information relating to fake news and how-to search authentic informations from the internet write to us info@crimeandmoreworld.com or Whats App:+919073399779

COVID-19 Related Conspiracy Theories:
https://fsi.stanford.edu/news/china-covid19

 

 

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