UAPA is a tool that has been used to stifle dissent, by illegal picking up activists in Bhima -Koregaon, Anti- CAA protests. What is this law, why does it exist, shouldn’t it repealed?
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Travesty of Justice – Persecution of Human Rights Defenders
By Civil Liberties Committee (AP &Telangana State)
We cannot forget 2018. In fact that the violence in Bhimakoregaon in Maharashtra on January 2018 was a planned and organized by the RSS and other Hindhutva outfits in order to foil Edgar Parishat, a conglomeration of dalits, bahujans and minorities who gathered in a single platform. The Parishad proclaimed to fight against fascist hindutva forces and reclaim Constitution and its ideals. In the months of June and August the Maharashtra Police raided selectively the houses of human rights and social activists across the country. Read full statement
Injustice In The Courts: Four Indian Laws That Should Have Never Existed
Maktoobmedia.com / by Mrinal Sharma, Amnesty International India
First published May 6, 2020
The criminal justice system loses credibility when people are detained for no good reason. In India, this happens frequently under many laws, where journalists, human rights defenders, lawyers, and students are arrested just for being critical of the government. Read more
Denial of bail: Will courts inquire into their writings, speeches?
It is deeply disturbing that 81-year-old poet Varavara Rao has been denied bail and has now been admitted to a hospital in Mumbai. Reports suggest that the prison in Taloja, Navi Mumbai, where he was lodged, has several Covid-19 patient. The family and friends of Varavara Rao have protested in Hyderabad, as they were not even allowed to visit him. Read more
EU sub-committee expresses serious concerns about recent arrests [read letter]
The subcommittee also questioned India’s use of UAPA to silence activists such as Safoora Zargar, Khalid Saifi, Meeran Haider and Sharjeel Imam, among others.
The European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressing concern about the recent arrests of activists Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha by the National Investigative Agency, and urged India to immediately release all political prisoners in view of the coronavirus pandemic. The activists are accused in the Bhima Koregaon case. Read more
Open Letter: Release human rights defenders at risk in the context of COVID-19
Dear Home Minister,
We, the undersigned organizations, write with great concern regarding the situation of student activists Safoora Zargar, who is four months pregnant, Meeran Haider, Shifa-Ur-Rehman and Sharjeel Imam, all detained under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). …
Their situation is not unique. For example, on 14 April 2020, the authorities also detained human rights activists Anand Teltumbde and Gautam Navlakha under the UAPA for allegedly inciting caste-based violence during a 2018 demonstration in Bhima Koregaon, Maharashtra state. Nine other activists have been detained since 2018 in relation to the same case. They are known for their work defending the rights of Adivasi and Dalit communities and should all be released immediately. Read full letter
Amit Shah’s ‘Bhima Koregaon Model’ Used For Anti-CAA Protests
The recent arrests of Jamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha and two JNU students, Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal, both activists with Pinjra Tod, shows that the union home ministry is convinced the ‘Bhima Koregaon model’ works and must be replicated. Read more
DELHI RIOTS, BHIMA-KOREGAON, GUJARAT RIOTS SAME PATTERN, SAY ACTIVISTS
Times Now News / by Muhammad Wajihulla
New Delhi: A group of activists led the charge against the state government over the recent arrests of students and activists by the Delhi Police. In an online press conference held on Thursday, the activists claimed that the Delhi riots, Bhima-Koregaon violence and Gujarat riots have a similar pattern – of silencing the voice of dissent and brutal repression by the state. Read more
Video: Angela Davis in Solidarity with UAPA Prisoners
The COVID 19 Lockdown has exposed how the ruling regime considers repressing democratic voices as an ‘essential service’. UAPA and Sedition laws have been used to for a witch-hunt of those who stand by secular, progressive ideals. Peasant and working class organizers, democratic rights defenders, lawyers, journalists and others have also been arrested under these colonial-era laws.
Angela Davis, activist in prison abolition movement and anti-racism revolutionary, speaks in solidarity with those being targeted today under UAPA. Watch video
BJP rulers’ standard mode of operation amidst Covid-19: Turning ‘victims’ into accused
Counterview/ by Surabhi Agarwal, Sandeep Pandey, Shreekumar
At a time when there can be no mass mobilisations or street protests, and when so many people are distressed, anxious and distracted by the unprecedented challenges our country is facing due to the Covid-19 crisis, the government’s actions against activists, journalists, intellectuals and Muslims appear to be calculated and insidious. Read more
VINDICTIVE GOVT FINDS SEDITION UNDER EVERY STONE
National Herald / by Ashlin Mathew
Even as the Government claims to be waging a desperate war against the coronavirus and the lockdown has crippled the economy, draconian laws are being invoked to punish protestors and stifle dissent. Read more
UN raises concerns over exploitative provisions of UAPA [full communique]
Sites labelling of people as terrorists, reversal of burden of proof, and prolonged pre-trial detention as inconsistent with international Human Rights and legal standards.
In a special communication dated May 6, four United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteurs have written to the government of India about their serious concerns with respect to violation of human rights that are made possible by several provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 and amendments made to it in 2019. Read more