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Punishing dissent: NCRB data shows why sedition must go

Punishing dissent: NCRB data shows why sedition must go


Drawing by Arun Ferreira

The Financial Express / by The Financial Express

Cases recorded as offences against the state in the National Crime Records Bureau’s (NCRB’s) latest Crime in India Statistics report (for 2017)—such offences were separately recorded by NCRB only since 2014—saw a jump of 23%, from 6,986 cases registered in 2016 to 9,013 registered in 2016.
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Reasons Cited By Bombay HC For Denial Of Bail To Activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves & Arun Ferreira [Read Judgment]

Reasons Cited By Bombay HC For Denial Of Bail To Activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves & Arun Ferreira [Read Judgment]

Livelaw.in / by Nitish Kshyap

Rejecting bail applications by activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira, Justice SV Kotwal observed that there was prima facie evidence that all three-applicant accused were active members of CPI(Maoist), a banned organisation, which attracts Section 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
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Why Should We Fear The Implementation Of The UAPA Bill?

Why Should We Fear The Implementation Of The UAPA Bill?


Pic: Mumbai Rises To Save Democracy archive

Feminism In India / by Namrata Mishra

On the night of 6th August, while updating myself with what’s happening around in the country, debates around the passing of the contentious UAPA Bill seemed to be ubiquitous. As soon as I read the word UAPA, comes to my mind the arrest of five human rights activists: Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, Sudha Bharadwaj and Varun Gonsalves, who were arrested last year under this Act without any stark evidence by the police who could not explain the reason for arresting these activists. These human rights defenders were termed as “maoists” and “deshdrohis (anti-national)” by the BJP government.
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Sacrificing liberty for national security

Sacrificing liberty for national security

The Hindu / by Sanjay Hegde

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act could prove catastrophic for fundamental rights.
In Parliament this month, former Union Minister P. Chidambaram questioned the need for certain amendments to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967. The Bill empowers the Central government to name any individual a terrorist if it believes him or her to be so.
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The UAPA Amendment And The Future Of Civil Liberties In A Constitutional Democracy

The UAPA Amendment And The Future Of Civil Liberties In A Constitutional Democracy

Youth Ki Awaas / by Nikhil Jois

Recently, the Home Minister Amit Shah introduced a legislation in the “people’s house” termed as the UAPA or Unauthorized Activities Prevention Act Amendment Bill 2019. The major change in the already existing law adds to the draconian characteristic which is carried by the law. The government intends to designate an individual as a “terrorist.” What’s more? The bill aims to designate an individual terrorist even before the accused be presented to the court for “due process” to prove someone a terrorist.
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Report: Coporate Loot And People’s Resistance In Niyamgiri

Report: Coporate Loot And People’s Resistance In Niyamgiri

Sabrangindia / by Sabrangindia

On August 18, the report titled “Corporate Loot and People’s Resistance in Niyamgiri” was released at the CDRO Convention on UAPA and other Draconian Law held in Jalandhar, Punjab. The report is an outcome of a joint fact-finding visit by a 16-member team from April 26-28, 2019 from All India Coordination of Democratic Rights Organization (CDRO) and Ganatantrik Adhikar Suraksha Sangathan, Odisha (GASS) to villages of the Niyamgiri area in both Raygada and Kalahandi districts of Odisha. The team investigated into the death of the contract employee Dani Batra by the OISF on March 18 at the gate of Vedanta Aluminum Limited and also visited villages of the Dongria Kondhs to understand the major concerns of the people opposing mining of bauxite in their area and violation of their rights.
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Analysis | UAPA: Updated anti-terror law is likely to weaken Indian democracy

Analysis | UAPA: Updated anti-terror law is likely to weaken Indian democracy

pic: The Leaflet

The Leaflet / by Nivedhitha K

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 has been passed by the Parliament despite searing opposition to the inclusion of new provisions in the existing law. The Bill drew flak on two accounts. One, the new changes undermine human rights. Secondly, the amendments undermine the structure of Indian federalism.
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UAPA Amendment 2019: Petition challenges unilateral power to declare Individuals as Terrorists

UAPA Amendment 2019: Petition challenges unilateral power to declare Individuals as Terrorists

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sabrangindia.in / by Sabrangindia

Just a week after the amendments to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2019 was notified giving the Central Government power unilateral to designate an individual as “terrorist”, a Public Interest Litigation has been filed in the Supreme Court praying that it be declared unconstitutional.
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Law to brand individuals terrorists gets Rajya Sabha approval

Law to brand individuals terrorists gets Rajya Sabha approval

DNA / by Manan Kumar

The amendments have brought UAPA close to the USA’ Patriot Act that was enacted in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
The Rajya Sabha passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, which empowers the government to designate individuals as terrorists, on Friday as the Opposition lost yet another battle in Parliament. Until now, the government could only designate organisations as terrorists.
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