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Chhattisgarh: NHRC accuses state officials of ‘abetting’ crimes of Salwa Judum

Chhattisgarh: NHRC accuses state officials of ‘abetting’ crimes of Salwa Judum


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The Indian Express / by Gargi Verma

The commission made the comment while declaring an order on September 23, 2019, in the matter of the killing of seven people and burning of 95 huts in the Kondasawali, Karrepara and Kamaraguda villages of Sukma district in 2007 …
PUCL secretary Shalini Gera said, “The case was filed on a complaint by Sudha Bharadwaj, who is in Pune jail because she was working for the tribals and filing complaints like these.”
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Who is Sudha Bharadwaj?

Who is Sudha Bharadwaj?

By Mumbai Rises to Save Democracy

Maaysha, Sudha’s daughter: “If fighting for the rights of adivasis, fighting for workers and peasants, fighting against repression and exploitation and giving up one s whole life for them is being a naxalite then I guess naxalites are pretty good.”

“The 6th Annual Harvard Law International Women’s Day Portrait Exhibit showcases the astounding contributions of women around the world to the areas of law and policy. The honorees — each of whom were nominated by HLS students, faculty or staff — are powerful voices in their respective fields, whether they are sitting on a high court bench, standing in front of a classroom, or marching in the streets.”

Or whether they are sitting in jail.

Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj is a 2019 honoree of the Harvard Law International Women’s day exhibition and is sitting in a jail cell in Pune. How did these conflicting positions come about?

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Not Just WhatsApp, Snooping Attack on Indian Activists Was Through Email Too

Not Just WhatsApp, Snooping Attack on Indian Activists Was Through Email Too


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The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha

Mumbai: It was not just Israeli spyware Pegasus that was used to digitally spy on human rights defenders and journalists in India.
A clear pattern of another well-coordinated and effectively designed digital attack has now emerged – this time through emails. These emails, all tailor-made to suit the interests of the individual receiver, were sent out between September and October 2019.
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Lakhan Singh, the Tenacious, Down-to-Earth Comrade – A Tribute by Sudha Bharadwaj

Lakhan Singh, the Tenacious, Down-to-Earth Comrade – A Tribute by Sudha Bharadwaj

The Wire / 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.
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Stop the McCarthy style witch hunt of Academics and Human Rights Defenders!

Stop the McCarthy style witch hunt of Academics and Human Rights Defenders!


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Sabrang.in / by PUCL

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) condemns the raid on DU professor, Dr Hany Babu’s residence in Noida, Delhi, by the Pune police earlier today (10 September 2019).
The unending trial of democracy and unremitting assault on the Constitution and rule of law, in the name of Bhima-Koregaon, and the McCarthy-style With-hunt and victimisation of constitutionally minded academics and citizens questioning anti-democratic actions of the government in the Bhima Koregaon case continues unabated.
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PUCL Statement Against lodging of FIR against Lawyers Collective & Sr. Advocate Anand Grover

PUCL Statement Against lodging of FIR against Lawyers Collective & Sr. Advocate Anand Grover

Sabrangindia / by Sabrangindia

People’s Union for Civil Liberties is shocked at the lodging of an FIR against the Lawyers Collective, its President and senior lawyer, Anand Grover and other office bearers by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). …
He is currently an acting member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy and is a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights while Ms. Jaising was part of the team of lawyers for the accused in the ongoing Bhima Koregaon case as well as the case against Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, where she successfully fought the plea of the CBI to seek his custodial interrogation.
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PUCL strongly condemns the early morning raid today (12th June) in the residence of Father Stan Swamy

PUCL strongly condemns the early morning raid today (12th June) in the residence of Father Stan Swamy

CGbasket / By PUCL

PUCL strongly condemns the early morning raid today (12th June) by Maharashtra – Pune police in the residence of 83 year old Father Stan Swamy at Bagaicha Campus in Namkum, Ranchi, Jharkhand. The Maharashtra police allegedly conducted the raid and search without obtaining judicial search warrant and seized his computer’s hard disk, internet modem and other storage devices and forced him to give his gmail and Facebook passwords.
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Dismantling Rights Through Systematic Policy Dilutions: Tracking Legislative Changes in India 2014-2019

Dismantling Rights Through Systematic Policy Dilutions: Tracking Legislative Changes in India 2014-2019

By PUCL

Human rights are sought to be guaranteed in India through a combination of the safeguards enshrined in the Constitution of India and several laws, protected by a complex machinery of Courts, Tribunals and Commissions and aided by an alert and vibrant civil society committed to working on human rights issues. It is this combination that empowers human rights organizations to use the law to prevent and protect against human rights abuses.
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