February 10, 2011
Binayak Sen’s family tells NewsX they will appeal to the Supreme Court after the Chhattisgarh High Court rejected the activist’s plea for bail.
Sen has been sentenced to life imprisonment on sedition charges over his alleged Maoist links.
Indian Workers Association, GB: “Raise Voice Demanding the Release of Political Prisoners Who Are in Indian Jails Under Sedition Charges!”
To All Those Who Cherish Democratic Values — The judiciary of the so-called biggest democracy on this planet has once again shown to the world that it is partisan, undemocratic and oppressive as it is wrongfully punishing renowned Dr. Binayak Sen, a doctor who always served the people, and two others, Narayan Sanyal and Piyush Guha. The three have been punished under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), Public Safety Law of Chhattisgarh (CSPPA), and 124-A and S 120 clauses of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). These special clauses of sedition were introduced by the British colonialist rulers in India to suppress the rightful rebellions of the Indian people against the colonialist rulers. These black clauses are not only retained in penal code of ‘free’ India, rather, many new laws of such kind are made and being enacted to suppress the will of the people. The rulers are aggressively using these new laws against the people to stifle them.
The punishment slapped on Binayak Sen, Narayan Sanyal and Piyush Guha is totally unjustified. Continue reading
Srinivas Kurapati was arrested at Ghodasar on 30 May 2010
AHMEDABAD, June 6, 2010
Several voluntary organisations and “concerned citizens” fighting for human rights have condemned the “indiscriminate” detention of some human right activists and trade union leaders, branding them as “Naxalites.”
“It has become an obsession with the Gujarat government and its police to brand human right activists as Naxalites to stifle the voice of protest by the poor and the downtrodden. The civil society need to stand up against such undemocratic methods of the police to curb dissensions against the government administration,” Mr. Hiren Gandhi, director of “Darshan,” a voluntary organisation, noted human right activist and advocate Girish Patel, and several others said here on Tuesday.
They were particularly protesting against the detention earlier this week of a Dalit leader, Ambubhai Vaghela Srinivas Sattayya Kurapati alias Kishore, who hails from Andhra Pradesh, but has made Gujarat his work place for the last eight years or so, and his young wife, Hansaben. Continue reading
Claims of "world's largest democracy" are widely seen as hollow, as Home Minister Chidambaram criminalizes the opposition
By Sudha Ramachandran
BANGALORE – The Indian government has hit back at civil society groups who claim its “war against Maoists” is targeted at tribals living in the conflict zone rather than the rebels, accusing them of being rebel sympathizers.
The Home Ministry last month warned “civil society groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), intellectuals and the general public” that “supporting the CPI [Communist Party of India – Maoist] ideology” would attract action under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) of 1967.
Section 39 of the act states that “any person who commits the offense of supporting a terrorist organization with inter alia intention to further the activities of such groups would be liable to be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or with fine or with both”.
The Maoists were declared a terrorist organization under the UAPA in June last year. Operations against them have been ongoing for several years but in November last year the government launched a coordinated military offensive called “Operation Green Hunt”. Continue reading