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फ़ादर स्टैन स्वामी: झारखंड के वे पादरी जिन्होंने लोगों को ही अपना धर्म बना लिया मानवाधिकार रक्षक का परिचय

28 अगस्त की सुबह का समय था, रांची शहर के लोग पिछले दिन की भारी बारिश के बाद खुले आसमान के नीचे दिनभर की योजना बनाते सुकून से टहल रहे रहे थे. जनप्रिय सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता फ़ादर स्टैन स्वामी के घर पर अचानक हुई छापेमारी की ख़बर से लोगों के ये सुकून भरे कदम वहीँ थम गए. …

Kismatiya and Sukhdev Released Victory for CJP and AIUFWP's campaign to release forest rights defenders

We’ve just had a huge victory in our campaign for Adivasi forest workers in Sonbhadra. Kismatiya Gond and Sukhdev Gond have finally been released. Now, we await the bail hearing for Sokalo Gond, who serves as Member Executive Council of the AIUFWP.     Related: Victory! Kismatiya and Sukhdev, Adivasi HRDs from UP released on…

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ट्रेड यूनियनिस्ट से ‘अर्बन नक्सल’ तक सुधा भारद्वाज की यात्रा मानवाधिकार रक्षक का परिचय

1961 में जन्मीं सुधा भारद्वाज  25 वर्षों से भी अधिक छत्तीसगढ़ के मजदूर आन्दोलनों का हिस्सा रही हैं. वे पीपुल्स यूनियन फॉर सिविल लिबर्टीज़ (पीयूसीएल) की छत्तीसगढ़ इकाई की सचिव हैं, साथ ही यौन हिंसा व राजकीय दमन के ख़िलाफ़ महिलाएं (डब्ल्यूएसएस) की सदस्य भी हैं.   बिलासपुर में कई सालों तक रहने और काम करने के बाद, सुधा भारद्वाज…

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Sukalo & Kismatiya: Allahabad HC Sets Release in Motion CJP and AIUFWP’s persistent efforts lead to Adivasi HRDs being produced in court

In a significant breakthrough in CJP and All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP)’s campaign to release Adivasi Human Rights Defenders Sukalo and Kismatiya Gond, the Allahabad High Court has allowed both women to seek ‘judicial remedy’. AIUFWP Treasurer Sukalo and Forest Rights Committee (FRC) Secretary Kismatiya Gond, were produced before the court on September 7 due to a Habeas Corpus…

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A Mother like No Other EXCLUSIVE: Sudha Bharadwaj's daughter pens a touching letter about her mother

Sudha Bhardwaj, long time trade union activist, the general secretary of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and a National Law University (NLU), Delhi visiting professor is under house arrest since August 29, after her house was raided by Maharashtra police on August 28 allegedly in connection with the Bhima Koregaon violence and protests. Pan India raids…

Mumbai stands up to an Oppressive Regime Protests against the nationwide crackdown on dissenting voices

Civil society groups, activists, students and citizens gathered in Mumbai on September 5, the first death anniversary of journalist Gauri Lankesh, to honour her by continuing her legacy of speaking truth to power, in wake of the State’s unprecedented crackdown on civil and political rights activists. Hundreds of people turned up outside Dadar Railway Station…

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…

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…

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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,…

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…

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