Members of the PI Council ring the alarm on arbitrary arrests and the breakdown of justice in India.
The conduct of the Indian Government is unacceptable in the international framework for the protection of human rights and runs counter to the Indian Constitutional framework.
The members of Progressive International call upon the Indian government to immediately stop persecuting non-violent protestors wrongly accused and booked by the police. Read full statement
Sudha Bharadwaj’s bail plea on medical grounds withdrawn, SC asks her to file one on merits
The top court said that she had a ‘good case’ for bail on merits and that she should file a plea on those grounds instead.
Lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj on Thursday withdrew her interim bail plea on medical grounds after the Supreme Court refused to entertain her petition in the Bhima Koregaon case, reported The Hindu. Bharadwaj is currently imprisoned at the Byculla Women’s prison in Mumbai. Read more
“You Have Good Case On Merits”, Remarks SC, Allows Sudha Bhardhwaj To Withdraw Her Plea For Interim Bail On Medical Grounds
Live Law / by Mehal Jain
The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed as withdrawn activist-lawyer Sudha Bhardwaj’s plea for interim bail, granting liberty to approach the court again if need arises.
“I am an undertrial in custody since 2 years. Even the charges have not been framed. I am 58 years old and I am seeking your indulgence for interim bail on medical grounds…”, submitted Senior Advocate Vrinda Grover for the petitioner. Read more
RBGs Of The World: 6 Women Who Pushed Progress Through The Law
WORLDCRUNCH / BY Laure Gautherin and Anne-Sophie Goninet
From Rosa Parks and Malala Yousafzai to Golda Meir and Corazon Aquino, women activists and political leaders have led the fight for gender equality and human rights around the world over the past century …
Sudha Bharadwaj (India): Law was not this mathematics student’s first love, but after seeing the working conditions of certain minorities in India, Sudha Bharadwaj’s pursuit of justice, as described by an editor of The Wire, led her to obtain a late law degree. Read more
Industriall Global Union: Calling for the release of sister Sudha Bharadwaj
Calling for the release of sister Sudha Bharadwaj, leader of Industriall Global Union affiliate Pragatisheel Cement Shramik Sangh Union
Geneva, 28 August 2020
I am writing to you on behalf of IndustriALL Global Union,, which represents more than 50 million workers in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors in 140 countries, including in India to call upon you to release our colleague and union activist, leader of Pragatisheel Cement Shramik Sangh union affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union, who is kept in prison based on arbitrary and unclear accusations for already two years in India.
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Byculla women’s prison – no bed or ceiling fan and a fear of covid-19 outbreak
The Byculla women’s prison complex has several high profile prisoners apart from the actor Rhea Chakraborty, including Shoma Sen, Sudha Bharadwaj and Indrani Mukherjea.
… Despite the opacity around India’s custody and incarceration system, reports over the years on the condition inside paint a poor picture of the prison. Read more
In the 1990s Sudha Bharadwaj came to Bhilai where the contract workers of ACC Cement were struggling for regularization.
Sudha Bhardwaj played an important role in their battle in the court and on the street. When a multinational company took over ACC cement she got in contact with international unions who supported the workers in their fight for regularization. Watch video
Kolkata and Bhilai: Solidarity With All Falsely Implicated in the Bhima Koregaon Case (pictures)
This story has been told before. But it is important that it be told at every given opportunity. This is the story of how the state subverted the rule of law to stifle dissent. This is a story of how the judiciary in part – abetted – and in part – thwarted the state’s attempt to incarcerate those who dared to speak against its excesses. Above all, it is a story of the resilience and unrelenting courage of those incarcerated. Read more
Solidarity Program in Chhattisgarh: Stand Up for Civil Liberties (pictures)
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
Why is Right to Health denied to political dissidents?
The callousness with which these political dissidents are being treated goes against the Supreme Court’s directive, given right at the beginning of the lockdown.
The last few days have shown that the Right to Health, defined by the Supreme Court in more than one judgment as an integral part of the Right to Life, is being denied to the jailed intellectuals awaiting trial in the Bhima Koregaon case. Read more