BBC News – Coronavirus: Black African deaths three times higher than white Britons – study

Rianna Croxford, Community affairs correspondent

BBC News, 1 May 2020. Coronavirus patients from black African backgrounds in England and Wales are dying at more than triple the rate of white Britons, a study suggests.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said a higher proportion of people from ethnic minority backgrounds live in areas hit harder by Covid-19. However, they tend to be younger on average, so should be less vulnerable.

But the report found various black, Asian and minority ethnic groups were experiencing higher per capita deaths.

And after accounting for differences in age, sex and geography, the study estimated that the death rate for people of black African heritage was 3.5 times higher than for white Britons.

It added that for people of black Caribbean heritage, per capita deaths were 1.7 times higher, rising to 2.7 times higher for those with Pakistani heritage.

The IFS study said given demographic and geographic profiles, most minority ethnic groups are dying in “excess” numbers in hospitals.

A government review into the issue is currently under way, led by Professor Kevin Fenton, regional director for London at Public Health England.

Ross Warwick, a research economist at IFS, said there was “no single explanation and different factors may be more important for different groups”.

“Black Africans are particularly likely to be employed in key worker roles which might put them at risk,” he said, “while older Bangladeshis appear vulnerable on the basis of underlying health conditions.”

Two-thirds of Bangladeshi men over the age of 60 have a long-term health condition that would put them at risk from infection.

More than 20% of black African women are employed in health and social care roles while Pakistani men are 90% more likely to work in healthcare roles than their white British counterparts.

Similarly, while Indian people make up just 3% of the working population in England and Wales, they account for 14% of doctors, according to the research.

Professor Tim Cook, honorary professor in anaesthesia at the University of Bristol, said the high number of ethnic minority healthcare workers dying from Covid-19 was “striking”.

BBC News analysis of 135 healthcare workers whose deaths have been publicly announced found 84 were from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Within this, 29 are reportedly from black communities; 26 from South Asian backgrounds; 23 from East Asian backgrounds, of which 17 are Filipino; and four from Arabic backgrounds.

In a letter to local trusts and GPs sent this week, the head of NHS England advised staff from black, Asian and ethnic minority groups should be “risk-assessed” as a precaution based on the growing data.

‘Economically vulnerable’

Professor Lucinda Platt, from the London School of Economics, said there were also noticeable differences in economic vulnerability between ethnic groups as a result of the lockdown.

“Bangladeshi men are four times as likely as white British men to have jobs in shutdown industries, with Pakistani men nearly three times as likely,” she said. This is partly because of their heavy concentration in the restaurant and taxi sector, she suggested.

“Household savings are lower than average among black Africans, black Caribbeans and Bangladeshis,” she added.

“By contrast, Indians and the largely foreign-born other white group do not seem to be facing disproportionate economic risks.” – Two Sikhs get nominated as member of Minority Rights Commission in Pakistan

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 03 May 2020. The Ministry of Religious Affairs of Pakistan has nominated Dr Mimpal Singh and Saroop Singh as a member of the Minority Rights Commission from the Sikh Community in Pakistan while Chela Ram Kevlani has been appointed as chairman of this commission.

Apart from them, Sri Jai Pal Chhabria and Vishnu Raja Kavi have also been nominated as member of this commission.

Babar Jalandhari from Lahore and Ajay Suran Singh from Peshawar told Sikh24 that Secretary of Ministry of Minority Affairs Muhammad Mushtaq Ahmad has shared this information while releasing notification about this.

“One member from Parsi and one member from Kailash, two Muslims and three members from Christian community have also been nominated in the commission. However, Ahamadia Jamat has been kept out from this list of members completely,” they added.

Apart from above, Pakistan Home Ministry, Law and Justice, Human Rights, Ministry of Education, secretaries of Ministry of Religions including Chairman of Islamic Ideology Council have also been appointed as members in this commission.

It is pertinent to mention that Dr Mimpal Singh was the first Sikh to get appointed as an assistant professor in a Medical University of Pakistan in December 2018.

No representatives of Ahamadia Jamat, nor of Shia Hazaras, not good Pakistan !

Two Sikhs get nominated as member of Minority Rights Commission in Pakistan

Gentbrugge/Ledeberg – Moscou

24 March 2020

Picture taken from Moscou viaduct

Device to slowdown traffic on Moscou viaduct

Tracks to Gentbrugge- and Dampoortstations

Terminus of Tram 4
Temporary terminus in Ledebergstraat 

Adolf Papeleupark

E17 viaduct – tramtracks – overhead wires – no trams

More Belgian pictures to be published
Harjinder Singh
Man in Blue

Al Jazeera – Myanmar: On Trial

Exclusive, secretly filmed video smuggled out of Myanmar appears to show continued persecution of Rohingya people.

16 April 2020. Myanmar’s government is on trial in the International Court of Justice, accused of orchestrating a campaign of destruction against the Rohingya people.

101 East has now obtained secretly filmed footage of killings that took place during a brutal army crackdown that led to hundreds of thousands of people fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh.

At a secret location outside Myanmar, we meet a former member of an activist group who filmed some of the videos.

“There is no justice for us there. We want to show the world how the Myanmar government and the Rakhine are torturing us,” he says.

He filmed an interview with a young woman just before the mass exodus began in 2017, one of many videos filmed over three years that 101 East has reviewed and verified.

The woman wails as she describes how she and her baby were shot.

Three years later, we track down the woman in the video, Karima Khatun, in Bangladesh, in the world’s largest refugee camp.

She says hundreds of soldiers attacked her village on 27 August 2017.

“My baby was almost dead in my arms but I couldn’t get up as the military were in position. I had to cover his mouth. I couldn’t get up and put his intestines back in. My arm got hit. My baby died on the spot.”

101 East also travels to Myanmar’s Rakhine State to find Rohingya Muslims continuing to live in fear, caught up in a deadly conflict and suppressed from speaking out.

Rohingya, Myanmar, Human Rights, Bangladesh, 101 East

To see the video click on the link below

The Hindu – India lodges protest with Islamabad over Pakistan court’s order on Gilgit-Baltistan

India demarched senior Pakistan diplomat and lodged a strong protest

New Delhi – India, 04 May 2020. India has conveyed its strong protest to Pakistan over an order by that country’s supreme court allowing the conduct of general elections in Gilgit-Baltistan.

The Ministry of External Affairs said Pakistan was told that entire Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, including areas of Gilgit and Baltistan, are an integral part of India and that Islamabad should immediately vacate the areas under its illegal occupation.

In a recent order, the Pakistan Supreme Court allowed the amendment to the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan Order of 2018 to conduct general elections in the region.

“India demarched senior Pakistan diplomat and lodged a strong protest to Pakistan against Supreme Court of Pakistan order on the so-called ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’,” the MEA said in a statement.

“It was clearly conveyed that the entire Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, including the areas of Gilgit and Baltistan, are an integral part of India by virtue of its fully legal and irrevocable accession,” it said.

The MEA said the government of Pakistan or its judiciary has no locus standi on territories “illegally and forcibly” occupied by it.

“India completely rejects such actions and continued attempts to bring material changes in Pakistan occupied areas of the Indian territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” it said.

“Instead, Pakistan should immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation,” it added.

The MEA said Pakistan’s recent actions can neither hide the “illegal occupation” of parts of union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh by it nor the “grave human rights violations, exploitation and denial of freedom” to the people residing in these areas for the past seven decades.

The Maharaja of Jammu & Kashmir ruled the mainly Shia area of ‘Gilgit’ Baltistan, actual Jammu & Kashmir, mainly Shia Kargil and mixed Buddhist/Shia Ladakh and Zanskar Valley.