Assailants face hate crime charges following attack on Sikh man in California
- The attackers had thrown beer cans at Maan Singh Khalsa‘s car in Richmond, California, and then physically attacked him, including knocking off his turban, forcing his head down, and cutting more than 10 inches of his hair.
- Unshorn hair is a religious mandate for observant Sikhs, and the specific targeting of his hair led to the hate crime designation.
- The attack follows years of similar targeting of Sikhs in the U.S., with many mistaken for Muslims and subject to violence because of their religious wear.
“2 Face Hate Crime Charges in Attack on Sikh Man in California” (The New York Times)
“Two men charged with hate crime in attack on Sikh in California” (Reuters)
“Sikhs under attack” (CNN)
(Image Credit: The Sikh Coalition, via The New York Times)
Muslims of Somali descent targeted in Kansas bomb plot
- Three men were arrested on charges of domestic terrorism after a plot to bomb an apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas housing a large number of immigrant Somali Muslims.
- The conspirators went by the name “The Crusaders” and had come under surveillance during an eight-month investigation by the FBI.
- The failed plot comes amidst a wave of anti-Muslim attacks in the U.S., with 2015 and 2016 having had the highest number on record.
“Attack on Somalis in Kansas thwarted, feds say” (CNN)
“3 Held in Bomb Plot Against Somalis in Kansas” (The New York Times)
“Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Reach ‘Levels Not Surpassed’ Since 9/11: Analysis” (NBC News)
(Image Credit: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters, via NBC News)
France and U.K. resettle asylum-seekers in preparation for dismantlement of Calais camp
- The government—with the help of more than 10,000 refugee aid agencies—has begun moving an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 asylum-seekers out of the Calais camp (known as the “Jungle”) and into “reception centers” throughout the country.
- The UK has committed to accepting unaccompanied children across the border, although local agencies have expressed concern about a lack of planning to facilitate the transfer process.
- The asylum-seekers are expected to spend an average of two months in the centers under the supervision of social workers before being again relocated while their asylum applications are processed, though some report having languished in limbo for longer.
“Migrants begin new life outside France’s ‘Jungle’ camp” (Reuters)
“Calais migrant camp will be razed soon: French minister” (AFP via The Local)
“Children in Calais Jungle to arrive in UK ‘in days’” (BBC)
(Image Credit: Regis Duvignau/Reuters)