The signatories to the letter said that their bail applications were rejected by the court in spite of the reputations they had.
Eight of the 10 accused in the Bhima Koregaon case on Tuesday wrote to the Maharashtra Human Rights Commission, alleging that the state government had imprisoned them due to their dissenting views as defenders of human rights. Read more
This past year from December 2018, had two significant 70th anniversaries: first, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10 December 1948) and then, of the promulgation of the Constitution of India (November 26, 2019). It is quite certain that the makers of the Indian Constitution took inspiration from the UDHR. Strangely enough, as if on cue, everything possible is done by the powers that control the destiny of the nation, to demolish human rights and the values enshrined in the Constitution! Read more
Prone to misuse, an opportunity exists for CrPC Section 321 to be properly utilised by the Uddhav government for withdrawing false cases against Bhima Koregaon activists.
On November 28, 2019, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), a post-poll coalition between Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Indian National Congress formed the government in Maharashtra under the aegis of Uddhav Thackeray, after almost a month-long drama. Read more
Lakhan Singh, the Tenacious, Down-to-Earth Comrade – A Tribute by Sudha Bharadwaj
Dr Lakhan Singh (August 9, 1952-September 8, 2019) was the president of the Chhattisgarh chapter of PUCL from 2010 to 2019. Sudha Bharadwaj, currently at Yerwada Jail in Pune, wrote this tribute to him in her letter to her daughter, Maaysha, dated September 15, 2019, and it is being published with her permission.
Sudha Bharadwaj is the general secretary of the Chhattisgarh PUCL and was one of the lawyers for the Sarkeguda case. Read more
Maha Vikas Aghadi bats for release for Bhima Koregaon activists
Leaders urge Maha CM Uddhav Thackeray to quash the cases against activists who have been fighting for marginalized sections of society.
On Monday, after the Uddhav Thackeray led Maharashtra government decided to review the Aarey and Bhima Koregaon cases, state NCP leader Jitendra Awhad among others have requested the Maha Vikas Aghadi government to withdraw the cases against rights activists in the BhimaKoregaon matter. Read more
If you are in a university and oppose state policy, you can be targeted: Hany Babu, DU professor
In the early hours of 10 September 2019, a team of police officials, including personnel from the Pune Police, turned up at the doorstep of Hany Babu MT, an associate professor in the University of Delhi’s English department. … The police informed Babu that the search was conducted in connection with the Elgar Parishad and Bhima Koregaon case. …
Shaheen Ahmed and Maya Palit, the multimedia and books editors at The Caravan, respectively, spoke to Babu about the raid at his house and its aftermath. Read more
American Bar Association / by American Bar Association
In the wake of violent attacks on marginalized communities in India in 2018, the Maharashtra police arrested several activists and lawyers who historically advocated for the rights of these communities. A preliminary review of the judicial records in this case raises serious concerns of procedural irregularities, abuse of process, and violations of fundamental human rights. Several United Nations’ (UN) experts on human rights have expressed concern that the arrests and charges were brought in retaliation for the defendants’ legitimate human rights work. Read more Read the full report here (.pdf):
Charges of “Maoism” and “Naxalism” used to harass Indian journalists
Reporters Without Borders / by Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) firmly condemns a recent increase in attempts in several Indian states to prosecute journalists for allegedly participating in “revolutionary” activities, and calls on the courts to dismiss these absurd charges. Read more
CPI(M) demands immediate release of Sudha Bharadwaj and others
No country that claims to uphold human rights deprives prisoners of the right to self-improvement or the peaceful habit of reading. Yet Shalini Gera, an activist who went to visit the lawyer, Sudha Bharadwaj, imprisoned in Pune’s Yerwada jail since October 2018 for alleged links with the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in the – rather enigmatic – Elgaar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case, had her birthday gift of two books returned. Read more