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Press Conference on ‘Draconian Laws, Impunity & the Looming Threat of Arrests´

Press Conference on ‘Draconian Laws, Impunity & the Looming Threat of Arrests´

Kis Kis Ko Qaid Karoge

Press Club of India, New Delhi
For over a year now, we have witnessed a political and legal battle over the right to dissent. It began with the right of dalits, bahujans, adivasis, Muslims, women and thousands from marginalised communities across the country to congregate at Koregaon on the banks of Bhima River near Pune to commemorate a battle fought two centuries ago. This, commemorated as an annual event, is a symbolic assertion of the historically oppressed Mahars against the dominant caste order of the Peshwas. This assertion by the most marginalised communities seemed to rankle the establishment.
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Mumbai Rises to Save Democracy condemns the hounding and reprisals by the state on people’s activist

Mumbai Rises to Save Democracy condemns the hounding and reprisals by the state on people’s activist

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Mumbai Rises to Save Democracy (MRSD) press release condemns the continuous hounding of the human rights activists, people lawyers, trade unionists and other voices of dissent by the Indian state and use of draconian law like UAPA to imprison them for years without bail. The press statement also highlights the failure of the Maharashtra government to contain the violence unleashed by the right wing Hindutva groups.
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Mumbai Rises to Save Democracy

Mumbai Rises to Save Democracy


Joint Press Statement

We, the members of civil society and more than 40 rights organisations including women’s rights organisations, dalit rights organisations, adivasi mass organisations, legal aid and research organisations, environmental groups, trade unions, students etc., have come together to register our condemnation of the continued hounding and reprisals by the state of human rights activists arrested allegedly in the Bhima Koregaon case.

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Convention Against the Politics of Repression of People’s Movements 31st October 2018 / Raipur, Chattisgarh

Convention Against the Politics of Repression of People’s Movements 31st October 2018 / Raipur, Chattisgarh

Call by Organizing Comittee

… The Bhima Koregaon case marks a turning point in the use of state repression. An event to celebrate the valour of Dalits and OBCs is sought to be delegitimized by casting overtones of extraneous Maoist activity. Ten prominent human rights defenders, lawyers, professors, cultural, social and political activists, while homes of ten others have been raided. These arrests represent something more sinister – that the legal work of human rights defenders (trade union activists, anti-displacement activists, lawyers, poets and writers etc.) can be criminalized and deemed as terrorist activities that require the slapping of the draconian UAPA; and that all space for democratic dissent can be usurped by the State in the name of ‘Public and National Security’.

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Chhattisgarh: No more fake charges!

Chhattisgarh: No more fake charges!

As part of an India-wide police operation on 28th August activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao were arrested and the homes of many more raided. Sudha Bharadwaj is a trade unionist and lawyer. The following pictures document protests from her working area in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh immediately after her arrest.


Foto credits: CMM archive