By Indian Association of People`s Lawyer
Council for Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), which represents the Bars of 45 countries and through them about 1 Million European Lawyers have wrote to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to respect the Human Rights Lawyers and has called upon the Indian Premier to release the pro bono lawyers Arun Ferreira and Sudha Bharadwaj.
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The Leaflet / By Deepa Punjani
Stressing the provision available to the arrestees under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc), Justice Mridula Bhatkar says that the provision as contemplated by Section 167 of the Code is a “laudable provision” vindicating the right of the accused to be released after the stipulated period and an incomplete investigation beyond 90 days cannot be a ground to deny the accused bail.
JACOBIN / By Anand Teltumbde
Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party are carrying out an audacious campaign to arrest left activists and silence dissent in India. The country is on a path toward fascism.
We shall Resist! We shall Defend! We are not be Afraid! Enough is Enough!
Statement by New Trade Union Initiative
A vengeful and duplicitous BJP Government in Maharashtra moved the Supreme Court after the Delhi High Court quashed the remand order and therefore the arrest of Gautam Navalakha. At the same time, the champions of Hindutva, Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide, against whom demonstrable evidence exists for their role in inciting the attack against Dalits at Bhim-Koregaon, continue to roam free and the FIRs against them have been closed.
The Leaflet / By IAPL
Indian Association of People´s lawyers (IAPL) condemns the threat issued by Shivaji Pawar, ACP, Maharashtra Police to arrest IAPL’s President Justice Hosbet Suresh (Retd.) and the most alarming portrayal by him of IAPL as a frontal organization of CPI (Maoist). IAPL believes that such attacks on Judges and Human Right defenders which includes lawyers and organizations, require to be understood in the in the light of rising authoritarianism and fascist attacks in the country. It is the need of the hour for all organisations and individuals to come together and resist this onslaught collectively and to strongly condemn and resist this brazen attempt to intimidate Justice H. Suresh (Retd) and members of IAPL.
The Leaflet / By Shikha Pandey, Priya Shukla, Chandni Chawla, Nirupama Bajpai, Shailza S, Madhur
For it is better to have loved badly than to never have loved at all. And it is better to write badly than to never write at all.
Scroll.in / By Ajaz Ashraf
Ajay Gudavarthy explains why given the many forms of political violence in India, it is Maoists who are seen as the biggest threat to democracy.
CJP / By Akhil Vasudevan
On January 12, 2018, two weeks after Bhima Koregaon Elgar Parishad program in Pune, the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Maharashtra Police picked up four workers of Reliance Infrastructure, one contractor from the same company and a casual worker. Their houses in the slum were raided in the middle of the night for hours before the arrest. A union activist was picked up a day before. The ATS squad questioned several other workers from the same company in the following days and finally arrested one more person from Reliance Infrastructure on 25th January. Interestingly, all the eight arrested men are migrants from Andhra/Telangana region. All of them have been charged under draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
Call by Organizing Comittee
… The Bhima Koregaon case marks a turning point in the use of state repression. An event to celebrate the valour of Dalits and OBCs is sought to be delegitimized by casting overtones of extraneous Maoist activity. Ten prominent human rights defenders, lawyers, professors, cultural, social and political activists, while homes of ten others have been raided. These arrests represent something more sinister – that the legal work of human rights defenders (trade union activists, anti-displacement activists, lawyers, poets and writers etc.) can be criminalized and deemed as terrorist activities that require the slapping of the draconian UAPA; and that all space for democratic dissent can be usurped by the State in the name of ‘Public and National Security’.
The Wire / By Sukanya Shantha
Villagers have highlighted the work done by the forest rights activist in the area and the challenges they have been facing since his arrest in June 2018.
Mumbai: Four months after Pune Police arrested Mahesh Raut, forest rights activist and former Prime Minister Rural Development Fellow, terming him an ‘Urban Naxal’, as many as 300 gram sabhas (village councils) from Etapalli and Bhamragad tehsils of Gadchiroli have passed a resolution in his support.