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Month: October 2018

Council for Bars and Law Societies of Europe: „Release lawyers Arun Ferreira and Sudha Bharadwaj“

Council for Bars and Law Societies of Europe: „Release lawyers Arun Ferreira and Sudha Bharadwaj“

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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Bombay High Court relief to Advocate Surendra Gadling and others arrested on June 6 is welcome

Bombay High Court relief to Advocate Surendra Gadling and others arrested on June 6 is welcome

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.
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McCarthyism in Modi’s India

McCarthyism in Modi’s India

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.
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Repeal the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967

Repeal the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967

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.

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IAPL condemns the threat to arrest Justice H Suresh

IAPL condemns the threat to arrest Justice H Suresh

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.
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Conspiracy of Silence: Dalit Migrant Workers First Targets of the Police in Bhima Koregaon Case

Conspiracy of Silence: Dalit Migrant Workers First Targets of the Police in Bhima Koregaon Case

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).
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Convention Against the Politics of Repression of People’s Movements 31st October 2018 / Raipur, Chattisgarh

Convention Against the Politics of Repression of People’s Movements 31st October 2018 / Raipur, Chattisgarh

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’.

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Gadchiroli’s 300 Gram Sabhas Pass Resolution in Support of Activist Mahesh Raut

Gadchiroli’s 300 Gram Sabhas Pass Resolution in Support of Activist Mahesh Raut

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.
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