National Herald / By NH Web Desk
A number of activists and workers from different organisations on Saturday organised a ‘jan sabha’ (public meeting) at Jantar Mantar in the national capital, asking for the release of all political prisoners, including the social activists accused by the BJP government of inciting violence at Maharashtra’s Bhima Koregaon on January 1, 2018.
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People´s Review / By Tanmoy Ibrahim
After one year of the arrest of five activists for the Bhima Koregaon violence, the Modi regime continues police repression to suppress critical voices.
Kractivist / By Kractivist.org
Program in Delhi by Kis Kis Ko Qaid Karoge
The completion of a year since the arrest of academics, activists, artists and lawyers; Mahesh Raut, Rona Wilson, Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawale and Surendra Gadling, framed for violence caused by right wing elements at Bhima Koregoan on 1 January 2018 was successfully marked by a Jan Sabha and Cultural Programme held in Jantar Mantar, New Delhi at 11 am on 8 June 2019.
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By Campaign Against State Repression on Rights Activists (or Kis Kis Ko Qaid Karoge)
Press Release by Prateebaader Adheekaar Mancha (Forum for Right to Protest)
To the authorities, it is an offense whenever anyone raises voice against repression and torture on the poor, indigenous, fallen, mostly identified as Dalit, people and nationalities smaller in number. To the authorities, it is considered an offense whenever someone stands by these people. Social and human rights activists raising voices of protest against repression on these people are being sued under repressive laws. They are either arrested or threatened with arrests. Names of a few of such personalities are already in the media. They include Sudha Bharadwaj, Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Father Stan Swamy, Anand Teltumbde, Surendra Gadgil, Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Mahesh Raut, Shoma Sen. They are from different parts of the country: Delhi, Haryana, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Goa, Ranchi, Nagpur, or in some other places. There are many such personalities, whose names are not found in media.
We appeal to all to join this convention for opposing such repressive measures.
Date: May 13, 2019, Monday
Place: Jooba Kendra (Youth Center), Maulali, Kolkata
Timir Basu, Kalyani Mina, Tapan Basu
on behalf of Prateebaader Adheekaar Mancha (Forum for Right to Protest)
File photo of Varavara Rao | IANS
Scroll.in / By Scroll Staff
The Revolutionary Writers’ Association claimed hundreds of teachers were detained and the police even blocked the road leading to the meeting hall. The Telangana Police on Saturday detained several academics protesting against the arrest of activist Varavara Rao in Hyderabad.
Cgbasket.in / By Chhattisgarh Basket
„We shall speak, we shall perform, we shall dance, we shall sing towards that dawn when the idea of justice is materialized in this country.“
The All India Cultural Convention – Pratirodh Ek Jan Sanskritik Dakhal held at Bhillai, Chhattisgarh on the 16th and 17th of March 2019 saw the participation of more than two hundred representatives from various cultural action groups across India.
Livelaw.in / By Live Law News Network
Human rights lawyer and activist Sudha Bharadwaj, arrested by Maharashtra Police under Unlawful Activities Prohibition Act in Bhima Koregaon case on allegations of Maoist links, has been honoured by the Harvard Law School.
Pic: Raipur Feb 24, 2018
Newsclick / By Yogesh S
The convention also recognised the failure of the criminal justice system in the country, and talked about various draconian laws that are still being used to silence the voices of dissent.
The three-day convention was attended by 150 people from eleven states. In the light of the ongoing onslaught on the rights of various communities, attack on freedom of expression, and speech and growing intolerance in the country, the theme of the convention was ‘Threats and challenges to the idea of pluralism, democracy and the constitution’.