“Nature of the books and CDs suggest you are a part of a banned organisation, why did you have these books at home?” Justice Kotwal asked
On the second day of bail plea hearings of three accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Arun Ferreira, Pune police submitted before the Bombay High Court that by far nothing incriminating had been found against Vernon Gonsalves in the material recovered from his house. Read more
Report: Solidarity Programme by Campaign Against Repression on People’s Movements
By Campaign Against Repression on People’s Movements
Over 200 people gathered in Raipur, Chhattisgarh today under the banner of Campaign Against Repression on People’s Movements to mark one year of the arrest of Comrade and advocate Sudha Bharadwaj and other human rights activists arrested under false charges in the Bhima Koregaon case – Surendra Gadling, Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Raut, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Shoma Sen, Rona Wilson, and Varavara Rao. …
Senior Advocate Mihir Desai submitted before the Bombay High Court on Tuesday that the police had no evidence against his client former academic Vernon Gonsalves to prove that he was involved in inciting the violence that took place at Bhima Koregaon on January 1, 2018.
Justice SV Kotwal started hearing the bail applications filed by Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Arun Ferreira on Tuesday and the said pleas will be heard on a daily basis. Read more
Trigger warning: The article contains graphic descriptions of physical and sexual torture which might be triggering to survivors.
The Wire / by Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar
Electric shocks, bricks hung from private parts, threatened with rape, sexually assaulted, hung naked, hung upside down — these are some of the methods that Haryana Police has been undertaking in dealing with prisoners, both men and women, a study has revealed. Read more
Aug 28: People´s Convention – Protest Demonstration – Cultural Program
By Campaign Against State Repression on Peoples´ Movements
Freedom from Fear & Falsehoods
Freedom from Loot & Plunder
Freedom from War & Violence
Fight Fascism, Defend Democracy!
28th of August 2019: 12 Noon to 5pm
Gass Memorial Centre, Raipur (Chhattisgarh)
Join us to mark one year of the illegal and unconstitutional arrest of Sudha Bharadwaj and other Human Rights Defenders und false and fabricated charges in the Bhima Koregaon case. [read programme report]
Organised by Campaign Against State Repression on Peoples´ Movements
Contact: Dr. Lakhan Singh: 773060946, Rinchin: 9516664520, Adv AP Josy: 993440496, Adv Sadiq Ali: 94255154111
Bhima Koregaon commission agrees to hear arrested activists
Sudhir Dhawale and Surendra Gadling will be brought to the ccommission on Sep 6-7 under Pune police security.
The Bhima Koregaon Commission of Inquiry has summoned two of the nine activists arrested last year in connection with the eponymous riots in Pune district on January 1, 2018. Read more
Accused to be examined in inquiry panel’s courtroom at old Zilla Parishad premises
Both Dhawale and Gadling are currently lodged in Yerawada jail and had filed affidavits before the commission, headed by retired Justice J N Patel.
After discussions with officials of Yerawada Central Prison, the Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday decided to examine two accused in the Elgaar Parishad case, Sudhir Dhawale and lawyer Surendra Gadling, in the same courtroom at the premises of the old Zilla Parishad where the hearings are currently underway. Read more
The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act could prove catastrophic for fundamental rights.
In Parliament this month, former Union Minister P. Chidambaram questioned the need for certain amendments to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967. The Bill empowers the Central government to name any individual a terrorist if it believes him or her to be so. Read more
The UAPA Amendment And The Future Of Civil Liberties In A Constitutional Democracy
Recently, the Home Minister Amit Shah introduced a legislation in the “people’s house” termed as the UAPA or Unauthorized Activities Prevention Act Amendment Bill 2019. The major change in the already existing law adds to the draconian characteristic which is carried by the law. The government intends to designate an individual as a “terrorist.” What’s more? The bill aims to designate an individual terrorist even before the accused be presented to the court for “due process” to prove someone a terrorist. Read more
Report: Coporate Loot And People’s Resistance In Niyamgiri
On August 18, the report titled “Corporate Loot and People’s Resistance in Niyamgiri” was released at the CDRO Convention on UAPA and other Draconian Law held in Jalandhar, Punjab. The report is an outcome of a joint fact-finding visit by a 16-member team from April 26-28, 2019 from All India Coordination of Democratic Rights Organization (CDRO) and Ganatantrik Adhikar Suraksha Sangathan, Odisha (GASS) to villages of the Niyamgiri area in both Raygada and Kalahandi districts of Odisha. The team investigated into the death of the contract employee Dani Batra by the OISF on March 18 at the gate of Vedanta Aluminum Limited and also visited villages of the Dongria Kondhs to understand the major concerns of the people opposing mining of bauxite in their area and violation of their rights. Read more