Webinar: Human Rights Defenders in India: Stories from the Trenches
By International Solidarity for Academic Freedom in India (InSAF India)
Saturday, 31 July 2021
7 pm (IST)
We mourn the institutional murder of Father Stan Swamy that has fully exposed to the world the machinations of Indian state agencies and a compromised judiciary.
As a growing number of human rights defenders are being incarcerated using charges of sedition, terrorism and anti-national activities, other in the movements and causes they have stood for and struggled with through constitutional means, now, in turn, are fighting for their release. It is clear the state is determined to silence these activists by any means necessary, framing them in false cases and denying them bail repeatedly.
– Why was Father Stan and his centre in Ranchi, Jharkhand (Bagaicha) such a threat to the state?
– How are corporations/commercial interests complicit with the state in trying to suppress the movements of such grassroots organizations and eliminate these activists?
– How does the Indian legal system enable those in power to rule by law instead of governing under a rule of law?
Through this webinar we hope to shine a light on how grassroots organizations and activists have stood up to the carceral state and its allied interests, and what support the international community can provide.
Dayamani Barla, Adivaasi, Moolvaasi, Astitva Raksha Manch, Jharkand, India
Nikita Sonvane, Lawyer and Co-founder, Criminal Justice and Police Accountability Project (CPAProject), Bhopal, India
Father P.M. Tony, Freelance Researcher, Social Activist, and Colleague of Late Father Stan Swamy, Ranchi, India
Nihalsing Rathod, Defence Lawyer for the Bhima Koregaon Arrestees, Nagpur, India
This webinar is co-hosted by India Civil Watch International
We urge you to support our exposure of humans rights violations even as the Indian state manages its international image by marketing yoga.
We hope you continue to stay safe and well.
The InSAF India Team