Activists from various fields talk about what it means to protest, and why it’s necessary now
“Aaj na udyala maraycha, tar kashala mag saraycha (We are going to die today or tomorrow, so why should we step back?). Adivasi activist Prakash Bhoir sang the verse at a public meeting on Friday, organised by Mumbai Rises To Save Democracy, a coalition of over 40 organisations engaged in issues pertaining to human rights and civil liberties. Read more
Organisations demand release of 9 activists in Koregaon Bhima violence case
Noted journalist Nikhil Wagle, who was present at the press conference, said, “These cases were foisted by the previous Devendra Fadnavis government.
Several organisations under the banner ‘Mumbai Rises to Save Democracy’ on Monday demanded that the Maharashtra government drop charges against nine activists arrested in the Koragoan Bhima caste violence case. Read more
DEMAND TO RELEASE ARRESTED ACTIVISTS
10 / 12 / 2019
The Hindu / by Ajeet Mahale
Principles of bail apply to UAPA cases too, says lawyer; the law has no place in a democratic country, says journalist.
Activists, lawyers and literary figures on Monday demanded the release of the nine human rights activists arrested in the Bhima Koregaon conspiracy case, calling the charges and case false and an act of political vendetta. Read more
Mumbai demands immediately release all 9 arrested activists in Bhima Koregaon case
It has been nearly a year and half since 9 human rights defenders were arrested on the pretext of the violence that ensued on January 1, 2018, when Hindutva mobs attacked Dalit Bahujans marching to Bhima Koregaon to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the battle that led to the defeat of Peshwa rule. In the aftermath of that incident, the homes of the defenders were raided, and false cases foisted on them. Read more
Press Conference: Release Activists – Drop Charges
More than a year since 9 HRDs were arrested on the pretext of Bhima Koregaon violence. On January 1, 2018 Hindutva mobs attacked Dalit Bahujans in Bhima Koregaon. In the aftermath of the violence their homes were raided, false cases foisted on them. We demand from the newly formed Maharashtra govt. for the swift release of 9 HRDs, all false cases on Dalit youths to be quashed and actions on Hindutva leaders to be expedited. We also demand that the pretext of Bhima Koregaon not be used to further target activists and human rights defenders.
Immediately lift the lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir, Hear the voice of Kashmiris
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. Read full statement
Mumbai Rises to Save Democracy condemns the hounding and reprisals by the state on people’s activist
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. Read more
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.
Workers, activists, students, lawyers and human rights organisations come together in Mumbai on the first death anniversary of Gauri Lankesh, to protest against state homicides, state violence and state-sponsored socio-political oppression at every level in India. “Whom all will you arrest? Kis kis ko qaid karoge?” – the protestors demand. Read more