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Month: December 2019

Bhima Koregaon accused write to human rights panel

Bhima Koregaon accused write to human rights panel

The Hindu / by Sonam Saigal

Letter condemns ‘environment of fear promoted by State’
On International Human Rights Day on Tuesday, all nine accused in the Bhima Koregaon violence wrote to the chairperson of the State Human Rights Commission, “condemning the environment of fear and criminalisation promoted by the State wherein the human rights of Indian citizens and especially those of human rights defenders who are critical of State policies are under threat.”
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Bhima Koregaon accused write letter on being imprisoned for dissent [read letter]

Bhima Koregaon accused write letter on being imprisoned for dissent [read letter]

Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

The signatories to the letter said that their bail applications were rejected by the court in spite of the reputations they had.
Eight of the 10 accused in the Bhima Koregaon case on Tuesday wrote to the Maharashtra Human Rights Commission, alleging that the state government had imprisoned them due to their dissenting views as defenders of human rights.
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Organisations demand release of 9 activists in Koregaon Bhima violence case

Organisations demand release of 9 activists in Koregaon Bhima violence case

Pic: Mumbai Rises To Save Democracy

The Business Standard / by Press Trust of India

Noted journalist Nikhil Wagle, who was present at the press conference, said, “These cases were foisted by the previous Devendra Fadnavis government.
Several organisations under the banner ‘Mumbai Rises to Save Democracy’ on Monday demanded that the Maharashtra government drop charges against nine activists arrested in the Koragoan Bhima caste violence case.
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DEMAND TO RELEASE ARRESTED ACTIVISTS

10 / 12 / 2019

The Hindu / by Ajeet Mahale

Principles of bail apply to UAPA cases too, says lawyer; the law has no place in a democratic country, says journalist.
Activists, lawyers and literary figures on Monday demanded the release of the nine human rights activists arrested in the Bhima Koregaon conspiracy case, calling the charges and case false and an act of political vendetta.
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Demolishing Human Rights in India

Demolishing Human Rights in India

Sabrang India / by Fr Cedric Prakash

This past year from December 2018, had two significant 70th anniversaries: first, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10 December 1948) and then, of the promulgation of the Constitution of India (November 26, 2019). It is quite certain that the makers of the Indian Constitution took inspiration from the UDHR. Strangely enough, as if on cue, everything possible is done by the powers that control the destiny of the nation, to demolish human rights and the values enshrined in the Constitution!
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Mumbai demands immediately release all 9 arrested activists in Bhima Koregaon case

Mumbai demands immediately release all 9 arrested activists in Bhima Koregaon case

Hello Mumbai News / by Aleem Shaikh

It has been nearly a year and half since 9 human rights defenders were arrested on the pretext of the violence that ensued on January 1, 2018, when Hindutva mobs attacked Dalit Bahujans marching to Bhima Koregaon to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the battle that led to the defeat of Peshwa rule. In the aftermath of that incident, the homes of the defenders were raided, and false cases foisted on them.
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Chhattisgarh: Story of another ‘encounter’

Chhattisgarh: Story of another ‘encounter’

The Indian Express / by Dipankar Ghose

On June 28, 2012, 17 people were killed in Chhattisgarh in what was then called “the biggest Maoist encounter”. With a judicial commission now punching holes in the official version of the incident, The Indian Express travels to Sarkeguda and finds that while much has changed in these years, some things haven’t — the memories of that night, and the wounds that refuse to heal.
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Tribals, trade unions share shelf space

Tribals, trade unions share shelf space

The Hindu / by Ananya Biswal

The annual bookfair at Shivaji Park on Friday had a blue-white sartorial theme: those who manned the stalls drew attention to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s way of life by wearing blue ribbons over white shirts.
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Press Conference: Release Activists – Drop Charges

Press Conference: Release Activists – Drop Charges

By Mumbai Rises to Save Democracy

More than a year since 9 HRDs were arrested on the pretext of Bhima Koregaon violence. On January 1, 2018 Hindutva mobs attacked Dalit Bahujans in Bhima Koregaon. In the aftermath of the violence their homes were raided, false cases foisted on them. We demand from the newly formed Maharashtra govt. for the swift release of 9 HRDs, all false cases on Dalit youths to be quashed and actions on Hindutva leaders to be expedited. We also demand that the pretext of Bhima Koregaon not be used to further target activists and human rights defenders.