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Fr. Stan Swamy: The Jharkhand Priest who made People his Religion Human Rights Defender Profile

On the morning of August 28 just as the people of Ranchi city were waking up to a clear sky after heavy downpours in the previous days, and preparing themselves for the day’s chores, they were taken aback by the abrupt raid on the home of Father Stan Swamy, one of the city’s prominent social…

आवाज़ दबाने वाले ख़ुद आवाज़ तले दब गए मानवाधिकार संरक्षकों की गिरफ़्तारी के बाद सोशल मीडिया पर छिड़ी हैशटैग की जंग!

भीमा-कोरेगांव के दोषियों को सज़ा देने के बजाय, जो लोग पीड़ितों के अधिकार के लिए संघर्ष कर रहे हैं, उन्हें ही निशाना बनाते हुए, बेबुनियाद तानाशाही फ़रमान के तहत 28 अगस्त 2018 को देश भर के प्रमुख बुद्धिजीवियों, लेखकों, कवियों, और मानवाधिकार के संरक्षकों को मोदी सरकार ने गिरफ्तार करना शुरू कर दिया.   जो शांतिप्रिय लोग हर प्रकार की हिंसा के विरुद्ध संघर्षरत…

Rights Groups come together to condemn Activists’ Arbitrary Arrests Issue statement calling for repeal of draconian UAPA

More than 35 rights groups convened a press conference on Wednesday, August 29, condemning the arrests of prominent human rights activists in simultaneous multi-city raids on Tuesday, August 28. The organisations have issued a joint statement, saying that they “condemn the appalling state actions of reprisals against noted human rights activists and intellectuals, which are…

SC Extends Power To Grant Anticipatory Bail

SC directs arrested Human Rights Activists be placed under House Arrest Relief for civil society even as institutional violence and state sponsored repression grows

A Supreme Court bench presiding over the Bhima Koregaon case has directed that all five human rights activists arrested on August 28, 2018 as a part of a probe into the violence that took place in Bhima Koregaon on Janaury 1, 2018, be place on house arrest till the date of the next hearing. The bench…

activists call for charges against Anand Teltumbde

It was as if I was a dreaded terrorist or a criminal: Dr Anand Teltumbde Dr Teltumbde's Statement on Nationwide Raids on Social Activists

I had just woken up somewhat late, tired of late night arrival of the flight. Just saw missed calls from Prof Ajit Parulekar, who is a colleague and director of Goa Institute of Management where I work a Senior Professor and Chair, Big Data Analytics. He shocked me by informing that the Pune Police reached…

Dissent is Democracy’s Safety Valve Is the rule of law and democracy under threat in India?

Why are the 5 activists being hounded? Why is such a concerted campaign being run all around against them? What are the real issues that lie behind these chilling developments? Isn’t India’s democracy under threat? Watch this video to find out.

EXCLUSIVE: How Pune Police violated the Law on Seizure and Raid PART-2: Analysis of procedural lapses during nationwide raids on activists on August 28, 2018

In law, the Search warrant, and raid, is an extreme step warranted only and if only when non-cooperation is seen or observed and the correct and proper course of action would have been for the agencies to search. To search and raid a premise is to humiliate and ostracise the victim and that is what…

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Sudha Bharadwaj’s Remarkable Journey: From Trade Unionist and Lawyer to ‘Urban Naxal’ Human Rights Defender Profile

Sudha Bharadwaj, born in 1961, has been associated with the trade union movement in Chhattisgarh for more than 25 years. She is the general secretary of the Chhattisgarh unit of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), and a member of Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS). After living and working in Bilaspur for several years,…

EXCLUSIVE: Did the Pune Police violate Settled Law on Arrests, Seizure and Raid? PART-1: Analysis of procedural lapses during nationwide raids on activists on August 28, 2018

It is one of those judgements that hold well in statute books, the Basu case that we use, activists, lawyers and all to point out procedures that need to be followed when the state executive (police) wishes to infringe the rights of a citizen: arrest, seize, raid. It is the conclusions in this judgement that…

Pune Police forcibly detain activist Sudha Bhardawaj Advocate Vrinda Grover alleges sheer contempt of Punjab & Haryana HC

In a shocking breach of law and procedure, in fact out and out contempt of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana, the Pune police thwarted the stay granted against the transit remand of Sudha Bhardwaj and till well past midnight attempted to forcibly whisk her away to Pune. Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj, renowned for her…

Allahabad HC directs UP Police to produce Sukalo and Kismatiya in court CJP and AIUFWP file rejoinder to show how cops are playing dirty to keep Adivasi HRDs jailed

Allahabad HC has today directed the SP Sonbhadra to produce Adivasi Human Rights Defenders, Sukalo and Kismatiya Gond in Court on September 7. The order was issued in the Habeas Corpus petition filed by CJP and the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) on June 29. The illegal detention dates to June 8. Sharing…

State Crushing Dissent Again! Raids against Human Rights activists across India

A vindictive state is brazenly attacking dissent in India. What’s more disturbing, is that it is actually spinning this as their crackdown on persons who threaten national security and integrity! On August 28, police raided homes of several social activists across India, under the guise of investigating them for being involved in planning and instigating…

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