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December 27 2010

Release Binayak Sen,

Citizens from different walks of life
from Mumbai and Maharashtra have unequivocally condemned the life
imprisonment sentence meted out to Dr Binayak Sen, a human rights activist
and defender of deep commitment to the poor and marginalized by a trial
court in the central Indian state of Chhatisgarh on December 24. They have
demanded that he be granted bail immediately and the appeal to this
scandalous pronouncement be heard by the higher courts, forthwith.

The judgement is appalling upholding as
it does charges of sedition against a man who struggled for the rights of
IndiaÂ’s adivasis and one who moreover, opted for a life among the
voiceless. Not only was the case framed by a vindictive state of Chhatisgarh,
a false and motivated one u/s 120(b) 124(a) of the IPC and u/s 1,2,3,5 of
the Chhatisgarh Special Public Security Act and section 39(2) of the UAPA
(2004 amended),  the conviction sets a dangerous trend for IndiaÂ’s

Such signals from our courts are
directly aimed at human rights defenders who tirelessly expose state terror,
rights violations by counter terrorism forces like salva judum, and the
central and state paramilitary, while espousing the path of non violence.
Apart from a unjust and unfair persecution of Dr Binayak Sen and his family,
such a verdict that ignores the fundamental rights and civil liberties of
the people while privileging the brute force of the state machinery actively
ensure that the critical spaces for dissent that allow struggle for justice,
critical in a living, breathing democracy shrink, pushing persons to

The verdict sends a warning signal to
all those who struggle for the civil liberties and human rights of the
disaffected and coming as it does from a court plunges human rights
preservation and protection in the country to an all time low. It is time
for all who stand for equality and freedom to raise our voices against the
brute injustice meted out to Dr Binayak Sen and his family. Make the demand,
Releas Binayak Sen, NOW!!

Alyque Padamsee                  

Anil Dharker                          

eesta Setalvad

Cyrus Guzder                         

Arvind Krishnaswamy           


Nirmal Jajodia                        

Rahul Bose                          

Cedric Prakash                       

Taizun Khorakhiwala             

Naresh Fernandes                  

Hasan Kamal

Nandan Maluste,                    

Preeti Bhat                             

Manek Guzder                         

Ammu Abraham                    

Jerry Pinto                                

Ayesha Guzder

Maulana Azhari Malegaon     

Amili Setalvad                       

Nakul Mehta

Dolly Thakore                        

Ravi Kulkarni                         

Quasar Padamsee

Mihir Saswadkar                    

Shakuntala Kulkarni              

Sumedh Jadhav

Suresh Bhosale                       

Ritwik Kulkarni                     

Neelam Jajodia                      

Joe Pinto, Kalpana Joshi, Pune,

Statement issued by: Citizens for
Justice and Peace, Mumbai






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