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Solidarity with Sudha Bharadwaj on her 3rd Birthday in Jail – Statements & Calls

Solidarity with Sudha Bharadwaj on her 3rd Birthday in Jail – Statements & Calls


Poster by Release Sudha Bharadwaj Campaign

Video: Stand with Sudha Bharadwaj on her 3rd Birthday in Jail

31/10/2020

Video statement by Prashand Bhushan


Tomorrow Sudha Bharadwaj is spending her 3rd Birthday in Jail on an absurd charges under UAPA. An alumnus of IIT Kanpur, a Professor of NLS, she gave up her US citizenship to work for tribals in Chhattisgarh. We hope she will soon be out to resume her exemplary work there.
Watch video statement (1:42min) here


Call: Stand with Sudha Bharadwaj on her 3rd Birthday in Jail

31/10/2020

By Sudha’s Friends and Family support group

You might be already aware of the infamous Bhima-Koregaon conspiracy case. One of the (now sixteen) activists arrested in the case is Sudha Bharadwaj, a lawyer and trade unionist from Chhattisgarh. On Sunday, 1st November, she will be spending her third birthday in jail, as we, Sudha’s Friends and Family support group, watch in distress.
We stand in solidarity with her.
We were hoping that you could join us in sending her a birthday message – perhaps a short one-minute video on a social media account (Twitter/Facebook/Instagram), perhaps also in other ways you deem fit.
#HappyBirthdaySudha
#FreeBhimaKoregaon16
#FreeSudhaBharadwaj
Just in case you need it, here is a brief bio on her below.
Best regards
On behalf of Sudha’s Friends and Family support group

Brief Bio of Sudha Bharadwaj

Sudha was born in 1961 in the USA to economist parents (her mother founded Centre for Economics Studies and Planning at Jawaharlal Nehru University, her father is also an economist and an academic). She completed integrated MSc (Math) at IIT Kanpur in 1979, and was socially active in various groups on the campus. But – in her own words – her “coming of age” was in 1984 – the year of the Bhopal gas tragedy and the antiSikh riots. After finishing the program at IITK in 1984, she taught at DPS for a couple of years in Delhi where she got exposed to the migrant workers’ struggles during the 1982 Asiad Games.
But by 1986 she decided to relocate to Chhattisgarh, attracted by the inspiring collective of mine workers in Dalli-Rajhara – Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha – which had attracted youth like her from wide across. It was then led by Shaheed Shankar Guha Niyogi who was assassinated a few years after she had joined. Over the years, Sudha took a leading role in the union, and spent decades in the industrial belt of Bilaspur-Durg-Bhilai. She also earned her lawyers credentials along the way, developing a parallel and consequential legal practice.
At the time of her arrest on 28.08.2018, she was teaching at the National Law University in Delhi, was a recognised authority on Labour Law and Constitution Law, and was the National Secretary of the PUCL.

More information on her can be found in the links shared below
Wikipedia page
Release Sudha Bharadwaj blog
An article on Sudha on Article 14

Sudha Bharadwaj to spend birthday behind bars, third year in a row!

31/10/2020

Sabrang / by Sabrangindia

While no birthday in jail can ever be ‘happy’, here’s how you honour the human rights defender on her special day.
Trade Unionist and lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj was among the five activists and human rights defenders rounded up by a vindictive regime in August 2018, as a part of a crackdown on dissenting voices. She was picked up in a second wave of arrests due to her alleged “maoist links” that somehow, according to the police, meant that she was a part of the Bhima Koregaon conspiracy!
It is noteworthy that Bharadwaj was neither an organiser of nor present in Pune during the Elgaar Parishad! If it sounds preposterous, it is because it is indeed utterly ludicrous!
On November 1, Bharadwaj will be spending her birthday behind bars for the third straight year. Here’s what you can do to make it ‘happy-ish’.
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Video: Sudha Bharadwaj celebrates another birthday in jail


On the occasion of, lawyer, activist and trade unionist, Sudha Bharadwaj’s birthday, watch this sabrangindia video where journalist and activist Teesta Setalvad talks about her work, the undemocratic nature of her arrest and the conditions of women activists in general, nationwide and globally.
Watch video (3:54min) here

2 years, 3 charge sheets & 16 arrests — Why Bhima Koregaon accused are still in jail

2 years, 3 charge sheets & 16 arrests — Why Bhima Koregaon accused are still in jail

The Print / by Apoorva Mandhani

Since 2018, stringent UAPA rules, SC’s Zahoor Watali order, NIA takeover and allegedly ‘inadmissible’ evidence has made sure that all accused remain in custody.
On 31 December 2017, a group of activists, political leaders and even retired judges came together at Shaniwar Wada in Pune.
Called the Elgar Parishad (Congress for Speaking Aloud), the organisers of this event included former Supreme Court judge, Justice P.B. Sawant, and former Bombay High Court judge, Justice B.G. Kolse-Patil. The event saw songs, street plays and speeches on various issues, including Dalit rights and criticism of the Narendra Modi government. 
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Report and Videos of the PUCL Press Conference: The Bhima Koregaon Conspiracy Case

Report and Videos of the PUCL Press Conference: The Bhima Koregaon Conspiracy Case

Drawing by Arun Ferreira

By People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

Report of the Virtual Press Conference held on 21st October, 2020 organised by the PUCL

Opposition Leaders, Civil Society denounce arrest of Stan Swamy and other activists in Bhima Koregaon case;
Call for repeal of UAPA!

► The videos of speeches of speakers are available here
► The documents are available here

Introduction
PUCL organised a virtual Press Conference on 21st October, 2020 to condemn the illegal arrest of Fr. Stan Swamy of Jharkhand and 15 other activists in the Bhima Koregaon case. The Press Conference was to create a platform for different civil society groups and political parties to jointly condemn the brazen abuse of UAPA by the Central Government against dissenters and demand repeal of draconian anti-human rights laws like UAPA and anti-sedition law. The following is a summary of the speeches made by different speakers.

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CDRO: Release of all those arrested in the fabricated Bhima Koregaon case

CDRO: Release of all those arrested in the fabricated Bhima Koregaon case

Countercurrents / by Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO)

CDRO is shocked to hear the news of the arrest of Father  Stan Swamy in connection with the infamous Bhima-Koregaon (BK) case. We note with disgust that Father Stan Swamy is the latest victim of the witch hunt operation carried out by the BJP-government in the name of BK case. It is a well-known fact today that the NIA, in the BK case, could not find any convincing material implicating the incarcerated activists and proving several alleged trumped-up charges including “criminal conspiracy to assassinate the Prime Minister”.
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Various Solidarity Statements: We stand with Fr. Stan Swamy / Petition: Drop the false charges immediately!

Various Solidarity Statements: We stand with Fr. Stan Swamy / Petition: Drop the false charges immediately!

Pictures: Ranchi, 9 Oct 2020

Petition: Drop the false charges against Fr Stan Swamy immediately!

09/10/2020

Petition initiated by George Pattery

We stand together strongly to condemn the false allegations and defamatory charges  against Fr Stan Swamy by the Pune police, under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967 (UAPA). These charges frame him in the Bhima Koregaon case, call him an “urban naxalite”, and accuse him of plotting the assassination of the Prime Minister. They are patently false and defamatory.
Read more/sign petition


‘Distressed, troubled’: Ranchi Catholic Church demands Stan Swamy’s release

09/10/2020

The Indian Express / by Express News Service

On Thursday, Father Stan Swamy was taken into custody from his Ranchi home in connection with the Elgaar Parishad case. He was brought to Mumbai from Ranchi and produced before a court at 1.30 pm today which then directed him to be sent in judicial custody till October 23.
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Statements by Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES), Society of Jesus & Jesuit Conference of South Asia

09/10/2020

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We Stand With Stan Swamy

09/10/2020

By Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha

The recent arrest of Stan Swamy is a gross violation of human rights and democratic norms
Two thousand people condemn the arrest of tribal rights activist Stan Swamy by the NIA on 8 Oct 2020 and urge @HemantSoren JMM to oppose the arrest.

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‘Preposterous’, ‘Witch-Hunt’: Twitter Outraged Over Stan Swamy’s Arrest In Bhima-Koregaon Case

09/10/2020

HuffPost / by Rohini Chatterji

An 83-year-old activist, Stan Swamy, was arrested by the National Investigative Agency on Thursday, the lates in the series of arrests of activists in the Bhima-Koregaon case.
He was taken into custody from his home in Ranchi.
Swamy’s arrested created outrage with many taking to social media to protest it.
Here’s what people said
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PUCL Condemns the Detention and Arrest of Fr. Stan Swamy in Bhima Koregaon Case

08/10/2020

Countercurrents / by PUCL

PUCL is shocked by and condemns the detention and arrest by NIA police team of 83 year old Fr. Stan Swamy from his residence in Bagaicha, Ranchi to take him to Mumbai to be remanded in the Bhima Koregaon (BK) case for allegedly being part of the larger conspiracy to cause unrest.
The inhuman and insincere act of the NIA authorities in arresting Fr. Stan stands out for its sheer vindictiveness for Fr. Stan fully cooperated with the Investigating officers of the NIA when they questioned him in the Jesuit Residence in Bagaicha for over 15 hours, on July 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th and 6th August. Despite his advanced age and other age related ailments, Fr. Stan patiently answered all queries put to him.
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Solidarity Program in Chhattisgarh: Stand Up for Civil Liberties (pictures)

Solidarity Program in Chhattisgarh: Stand Up for Civil Liberties (pictures)

Click to enlarge pictures. Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh) Sep 5, 2020

#FreeSudhaBharadwaj /#FreeBhimaKoregaon12

Bilaspur: Organizations demand the release of advocate and human rights activist Sudha Bhardwaj – The voice of the poor in Chhattisgarh.
Read report (hindi)

Video: Workers in Chhattisgarh demand the release of Sudha Bhardwaj and all political prisoners

28/08/2020

By India Crisis

Slogans in hindi | 1:10min | 2020


Background: Organizations from All Over India Issue a call for a Protest Week, Aug 28 — Sep 5

Over 70 organizations and several individuals from around the country endorsed the call initiated by the People’s Union for Civil Liberties to conduct protest actions from August 28 to September 5, considering the deterioration in Civil Liberties in the recent past. This call was given marking August 28 as the day when two years ago, 5 human rights activists — Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferriera and Vernon Gonsalves were arrested in the Bhima Koregaon Conspiracy Case.
Read more/ call

Maharashtra jails, hospitals: Iron curtain on Covid-19 ‘violates’ right to life, says PUCL

Maharashtra jails, hospitals: Iron curtain on Covid-19 ‘violates’ right to life, says PUCL

Counterview / by Counterview Desk

In first of the “Lockdown on Civil Liberties” series, the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), has pointed towards how many of the convicted prisoners in Maharashtra whose parole is depended on the prison authorities managed to get paroled as some of the prison authorities were keen to remove congestion amidst Covid-19 onslaught. However, undertrials, many them human rights activists and scholars, charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), failed to get bail even on pure humanitarian grounds.
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Report: Lockdown on Civil Liberties I – A PUCL (Maharashtra) series

03/09/2020

By PUCL (Maharashtra)

The Lockdown on Civil Liberties Series The lockdown and attendant issues have led to major violations of civil liberties and human rights… In this context the PUCL Maharashtra has decided to bring out various segmantwise reports to record the impact. While some of the reports like the present one focuses on Maharashtra others deal with all India situation.
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PUCL and other National Organizations Call for a Week of Protest

PUCL and other National Organizations Call for a Week of Protest

Mainstream Weekly / by Mainstream

Organizations from All Over India Issue a call for a Protest Week (Aug 28 – Sep 5), Urging People to Stand Up for Civil Liberties
Over 70 organizations and several individuals from around the country endorsed the call initiated by the People’s Union for Civil Liberties to conduct protest actions from August 28 to September 5, considering the deterioration in Civil Liberties in the recent past. This call was given marking August 28 as the day when two years ago, 5 human rights activists — Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, Arun Ferriera and Vernon Gonsalves were arrested in the Bhima Koregaon Conspiracy Case.
Read more/ full call with signatories

Rights Bodies Urge President Kovind to Note Several Blatant Human Rights Violations

The Wire / by The Wire Staff

New Delhi: The PUCL (People’s Union for Civil Liberties), Janhastakshep and Citizens for Democracy have collectively authored a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind, urging the release of intellectuals, writers, professors, students, anti-CAA activists implicated in the Elgar Parishad case and for the February Delhi violence. The signatories have also requested the repeal of the Citizenship Amendment Act and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, along with the restoration of Articles 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir.
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Rich Land of Poor People – the work of imprisoned lawyer and activist Sudha Bharadwaj

Rich Land of Poor People – the work of imprisoned lawyer and activist Sudha Bharadwaj

Civicus.org / by Alina Tiphagne / Human Rights Defenders Alert

There has been a huge displacement of Adivasis in Chhattisgarh due to businesses monopolising land and natural resources, and there has been rampant human rights abuses reported in the state. To add to this already complex situation, southern Chhattisgarh is the epicentre of a five decades-long insurgency between the Naxalite Maoist group and the Indian government which has affected the tribal population, densely forested districts and neighbouring states … The work of Sudha Bharadwaj, human rights lawyer and former General Secretary of the Chhattisgarh People’s Union for Civil Liberties, lies at this faught intersection.
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Rs 1 Lakh each for Human Rights Defenders: NHRC Orders Chhattisgrah Govt

06/08/2020

Indian Cultural Forum / by Nandini Sundar, Archana Prasad, Manju Kawasi, Vineet Tiwari, Sanjay Parate and Mangla Ram Karma

They are demanding compensation “for the mental agony and violation of human rights” caused by false charges and arrests.
Press Release
On 5th November 2016, the Chhattisgarh police lodged an FIR against us under various sections of the IPC, Arms Act, and UAPA …
We are grateful to the PUCL for taking up the cases of all human rights defenders in Chhattisgarh and for informing us about the NHRC order. It is deeply distressing that PUCL Secretary and Advocate Sudha Bhardwaj who took up such cases in Chhattisgarh has herself been arrested under false charges. We trust that all human rights defenders who have been falsely accused will get justice.
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BK12 Solidarity in Kolkata + New York / Fast by Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangham in Kerela

BK12 Solidarity in Kolkata + New York / Fast by Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangham in Kerela


Fast by Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangham in Kerela

05/08/2020


Pic Credit: Siddhesh Gautam

Dalit Camera / by Dalit Bahujans for Hany Babu

1000 cultural activists would fast under the banner of the Thrissur District Committee of the Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangham (Pu.Ka.Sa. – Progressive Association of Art and Literature) on Thursday, 6th of August, demanding that the life of revolutionary poet Varavara Rao be saved, and that he be released from jail immediately.
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KOLKATA: LET THE RAIN BE THERE! WE WILL SHIELD THE FIRE!

04/08/2020

By Release The Poet

SO, by the drizzling afternoon
On Central Kolkata road, WE uttered out loud …
“Varavara’s Comrade! Let’s build Barricade!”
“Soma’s Comrade! Build up Barricade!
“Sudha’s Comrade! Let’s build Barricade!”
“Rona’s Comrade! Build up Barricade!”
“Hanybabu’s Comrade! Let’s build Barricade!”
“GN’s Comrade! Build up Barricade!”

“Join Us Comrade! Let’s build Barricade!”

PUCL • CRPP • AIPF • FOD • PYL • BHIM ARMY • IFTU • AISA • NO NRC MOVEMENT • SANGHATI UDYOG • RSF •
BANDI MUKTI COMMITTEE • SARA BANGLA GANAPRATIRODH MANCHA •
RELEASE THE POET