Attacks on Africans in Greater Noida ‘racist and xenophobic’: African envoys


racial attackThe African envoys stationed in India condemned the Government of India for not taking sufficient measures against the string of attacks on African in Greater Noida in March. We would take India to the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations, they said.

“As regards the recent unfortunate incident in Greater Noida, the African Heads of Mission strongly condemn the incident and express their deep concern and also take note that these reprehensible events were not sufficiently condemned by the Indian Authorities. The meeting unanimously agreed that those accumulated attacks against Africans are xenophobic and racial in nature”, the African envoy said.

The diplomats labelled the incident as a hate crime and demanded an independent investigation by Human Rights bodies.

“The Heads of African Mission reviewed the previous instances taken place and concluded that no known, sufficient and visible deterring measures were taken by the government of India”, they said in a press release.

“They agreed to take further actions, including the call for an independent investigation by the Human Rights Council as well as other human rights bodies, and also to comprehensively report the matter to the African Union Commission”, they added.

The incident happened when the locals in Greater Noida thrashed several Africans following the death of a 17-year-old boy of a suspected drug overdose last month. Residents blamed the Africans of supplying the youth with drugs.