In 2018, as part of a massive crackdown on human rights defenders in India, 9 prominent activists – Sudha Bharadwaj, Shoma Sen, Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Arun Ferreira, Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Vernon Gonsalves and Varavara Rao were arrested by the Pune Police.
Two years later, the crackdown on human rights defenders continues with the arrests of Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde. Read more and sign petition
AI-India Video: Bhima Koregaon 9: Heroes Who Fight For Your Rights
This appeal is being written to highlight how the activists, lawyers and teachers arrested in what has now come to be known as the Bhima Koregaon/ Elgaar Parishad case should be released keeping in mind the direction of United Nations and to highlight that their release can’t be any harm to the society or danger to the legal procedures. Read more & sign online petition
An Appeal to Implement Programme of Solidarity with Prof. Anand Teltumbde
I STAND WITH ANAND
As you know that Prof. Anand Teltumbde is facing impending incarceration on 6th April not with standing the danger to his life due to Covid-19 infection. It clearly appears to be the attempt of the Government of India to persecute an intellectual whose voice it finds to be discomforting. Prof. Teltumbde is one of those rare intellectuals who synergized caste-class analysis (Ambedkar and Marx) quite on the lines of Shahid Bhagat Singh. Read more
Sign Global Solidarity Statement for Dr. Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha
Signatories include eminent public figures such as Noam Chomsky, Gayatri Spivak, Sukhadeo Thorat, Cornel West, Angela Davis, Kshama Sawant, Ramachandra Guha, Prakash Ambedkar and Arundhati Roy. Sign statement here
Statement for Dr. Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha:
We, the undersigned (organizations and individuals) protest the impending arrest of Professor Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha and strongly condemn the attempt to malign their status as two of India’s foremost civil rights activists and public intellectuals today. …
Ever since the raid at Delhi University professor Hany Babu’s house, there has been an outpouring of support from the academic and activist circles. Various student groups have also issued statements condemning the raid and rendering full support to the teacher. The students from his own department have also come out in support. Read more
Sign Amnesty´s call for the immediate release of the Bhima Koregaon 9 Sign here
Video: Bhima Koregaon 9: Heroes Who Fight For Your Rights en | 6:18 min | 2019
In 2018, a massive crackdown on human rights defenders was underway. 9 prominent activists across the country were arrested. #FreeBK9 Watch video
The Honourable President
New Delhi 110004
The Honourable Chief Justice of India
The Supreme Court
Tilak Marg, New Delhi, 110001
Release Human Rights Activists!
Dismiss the false lawsuits around Bhima Koregaon.
Their release is our freedom.
Since January 2018, several workers, lawyers, writers, poets, and human rights activists have been arrested on the basis of false accusations in connection with the Bhima Koregaon incident. Moreover, those Hindutva forces who were actually responsible for the violence are being protected. Draconian laws such as the U.A.P.A are being used to repress voices of dissent and struggles for justice.
We won’t stay silent. Nor will we be repressed any longer.
1. Release the lawyers, writers, poets, and human rights activists who have been arrested on the basis of false accusations in connection with the Bhima Koregaon incident. 2. Arrest Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote, the real perpetrators of the violence of the Bhima Koregaon incident. 3. Repeal draconian laws such as the U.A.P.A. and the C.S.P.S.A. 4. Protect and preserve the right to dissent.