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Medha Patkar slams govt for ‘framing Sudha Bharadwaj, others as urban Naxals’

Medha Patkar slams govt for ‘framing Sudha Bharadwaj, others as urban Naxals’


Women’s March, Delhi April 4

The Indian Express / By Epress News Service

Patkar had visited Shivajinagar Court to meet Sudha Bharadwaj, arrested in connection with the Elgaar Parishad case for her alleged links with the banned CPI-Maoist, but was unable to meet her as none of the accused in this case was produced before the court.
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Open Letter: Give an assurance for the Release of Prof. Saibaba, Varavara Rao and other Intellectuals

Open Letter: Give an assurance for the Release of Prof. Saibaba, Varavara Rao and other Intellectuals

Sanhati / By Revolutionary Writer’s Association

An Open Letter to the Contesting Political Parties

An Appeal from Poets, Writers, Artists, Journalists, Intellectuals and Different Democratic Organisations

The gradual shrinking of democratic space day by day, the voice of the people and the intellectuals being muffled is distressing us a lot.
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Open Letter to KCR from Varavara Rao’s wife

Open Letter to KCR from Varavara Rao’s wife

The Siasat Daily / Posted by Tanveer

Respected Chief Minister of Telangana Sri K Chandrashekar Rao,
I am writing this letter to you in the context of your comments during the recent election campaign against the lies and improprieties of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This letter is to bring to your notice some more lies and fabricated cases indulged in by Modi’s government, Maharashtra government of his own party and Maharashtra police. I would like you to openly state your position and opinion on these lies and cases also.
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Member of European Parliament Lídia Senra Rodríguez writes to Ms Federica Mogherini

Member of European Parliament Lídia Senra Rodríguez writes to Ms Federica Mogherini

Letter By Lídia Senra Rodríguez

Dear Ms Federica MOGHERINI
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

I call on you once again regarding your responsibility as High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in order to ask for your much-appreciated reaction about the dramatic situation of Professor GN Saibaba. …
I also demand the immediate release of the lawyer of Professor GN Saibaba, Surendra Gadling, as well as human rights activists Varavara Rao, Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson and Mahesh Raut.

To read full letter see pdf file: Letter to HR Ms. Mogherini regarding the worrying situation of Indian professor GN Saibaba_050419.pdf

Women’s Groups Release A Statement Prior To The 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

Women’s Groups Release A Statement Prior To The 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

feminisminindia.com / By WomenMarch4Change

For the last five years, women of India have watched with growing anger as our struggles for equality have been dented and our hard-won freedoms undermined. We have watched the present government and its followers spread misogyny, hate and lies across this land. Today, on the eve of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, we say, NO MORE!
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People’s Manifesto: Against State Repression For Saving Democracy

People’s Manifesto: Against State Repression For Saving Democracy

Kractivist.org / Statement by Mumbai Rises to Save Democracy

India has witnessed a drastic rise in attacks on human rights activists, journalists, lawyers, farmers, adivasis, RTI activists, students, academicians, workers, protestors etc. opposing anti-people policies of the government and protesting human rights violations. The constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of speech and expression, association and assembly are under severe threat. Several people across the country have been criminalized in false and fabricated cases.
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Online Petition: Release Varavara Rao Immediately

Online Petition: Release Varavara Rao Immediately

Change.org / By Venugopal Rao N

The 79-year old renowned poet and public intellectual Varavara Rao, along with four others, was arrested by police on August 28, 2018 on fabricated charges and Supreme Court of India intervened and directed the police to keep all the arrested under ‘house arrest’, pending legal reliefs. Finally he was arrested on November 17, 2018 and imprisoned in Yerawada Central Prison, Pune since then.
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Members of European Parliament Ask India to ‘End Crackdown’ on Rights Activists (incl. full text of letter)

Members of European Parliament Ask India to ‘End Crackdown’ on Rights Activists (incl. full text of letter)

The first nine of the 20 signatories. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Twitter

The Wire / By The Wire Staff

Twenty members of European parliament have written to the Indian government and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) expressing concern over the crackdown on human rights defenders. They have urged India to create a more open civil society space.
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Virasam Statement on Varavara Rao and Surendra Gadling

Virasam Statement on Varavara Rao and Surendra Gadling

Statement by VIRASAM (Revolutionary Writer’s Association)

Statement from Feb 1 2019
We strongly condemn implicating Varavara Rao and Surendra Gadling in yet another false case. Revolutionary poet, one of the founders of VIRASAM, Varavararao and advocate Surendra Gadling are charged with another concocted case by RSS police of Maharashtra. Yes, they are in fact acting like RSS members rather than state police.
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