PUNE: Special Judge Ravindra M Pande, on Friday, rejected the plea of nine accused arrested in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case and alleged Maoist links, challenging the special court’s jurisdiction to take direct cognisance of the offence and to deny them bail. Read more
India Development Review (IDR) / by Sneha Philip and Smarinita Shetty
Stan Swamy [one of accused in the Bhima Koregaon case] is an activist, a social worker and a Jesuit priest who has spent many decades fighting for the rights of Adivasis in Jharkhand.
In this interview with IDR, Stan discusses the emergence and growth of people’s movements, his work with young Adivasi undertrials who are falsely accused of being Naxalites and the difficult choices that confront young Adivasis today. Read more
The dictum of ‘natural justice’ that not a single innocent should be punished – is vanishing into thin air in gathering gales of fascism. Professor GN Saibaba is fighting death languishing in a dark and dingy cell, unable to procure legitimate medical requirements. Thousands of Adivasis are rotting behind the high walls of prison. While those actually involved in bomb explosions, murders and genocides, are coming out from within prison walls to be honoured with felicitations. Some are being given chance to be Parliamentarians too. Is India’s political power dictating what and how justice should be? Asks P. Varalakshmi. 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
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
Koregaon Bhima Inquiry Commission plans to examine Dhawale and Gadling in Yerwada jail
Dhawale and Gadling had earlier filed affidavits before the Commission of Inquiry, which is looking into the sequence of events that led to the violence in Koregaon Bhima on January 1 last year, in which one person died and several others were injured.
The Commission of Inquiry intends to examine Sudhir Dhawale and Surendra Gadling, two of the nine arrested accused in the Elgaar Parishad case, in the first week of September. Both Dhawale, an activist, and Gadling, a lawyer, are currently lodged in Yerwada Central Prison. Read more
Analysis | UAPA: Updated anti-terror law is likely to weaken Indian democracy
The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 has been passed by the Parliament despite searing opposition to the inclusion of new provisions in the existing law. The Bill drew flak on two accounts. One, the new changes undermine human rights. Secondly, the amendments undermine the structure of Indian federalism. Read more
Immediately lift the lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir, Hear the voice of Kashmiris
Rather than establish Navlakha’s ‘connections’ with Hizbul Mujahideen, the document highlights his government connections and is vehemently critical of the Maoist party and movement.
On July 24, the Pune police told the Mumbai High Court that activist Gautam Navlakha had connections with militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen. Sections of the media were quick to brand him a “terrorist” in primetime shows and reports. Tagging these as “exclusive” reports, the stories were based solely on what the police said and images of a “documents” linking Navlakha with Hizbul. Read more
DNA Samwad this week tried to understand if there’s indeed an environment of fear & intolerance as claimed by some well-known personalities in a letter to the PM. The panelists comprising political leaders & social media experts from both sides of the ideological spectrum debated on the subject Read more