Protest in Bangalore – Calling for the Release of Dr Binayak Sen

January 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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**PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY***

What?
A silent protest and vigil!!!
Calling for the release of Dr Binayak Sen
Part of Nationwide Protest!

When and Where?

5PM to 7PM

Martyr’s Day, JANUARY 30th, 2010

Town Hall, Bangalore

Background?

The protest in Bangalore is a part of a Nationwide protest calling for the release of Dr.Binayak Sen. Protests are being organized across different cities and towns in India.

We hold that Dr Binayak Sen is a victim of the vendetta of the Chhattisgarh government for his bold and principled opposition to state sponsored vigilante operation Salwa Judum, which has been held unacceptable even by the Supreme Court. His conviction is one more example of the state succeeding in securing the conviction of an innocent person on the basis of false evidence. It is an occasion for the nation to demand drastic reform of the criminal justice system to ensure that it is not manipulated by the state to persecute, prosecute and victimize innocent persons.

Activists are being targetted under dragnet legislations such as UAPA, CSPSA, AFSPA and sedition laws. We are calling for a repeal of all such draconian laws.

Call To Action
Please join us at this peaceful protest and circulate the information about the event widely.

Organized jointly by Alternative Law Forum, Aneka, Bengalooru Janara Vedike, Jana Arogya Andolana Karantaka, Janasthra, Karnataka Sex Workers Union, National Alliance of People’s Movements, People’s Democratic Forum, People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Sangama, SICHREM, Vimochana and many others.

For More Information: bangalore@puclkarnataka.org

|Photos| Binayak Sen Candle Light Vigil

January 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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|Press Note| Protest Meeting in Bangalore – Binayak Sen Conviction

[Press Note in Kannada]

Bangalore, December 29th

At a protest organised at the Town Hall in Bangalore, Human Rights organisations, NGOs and the civil society came out in strong opposition to a verdict by a Raipur court that convicted Dr Binayak Sen on charges of sedition and pronounced a life sentence. The protest, held under the banner of “Free Binayak Sen”, demanded his immediate release and that charges against him should be dropped.
The event was attended by over 600 people.

Apart from being a strong show of dissent against the judgement, the meeting was raising awareness on a host of issues related to human rights.

The targeting of Human Rights activists came in for special attention. Participants said that the Binayak Sen case was one more example of how the state had started going after defenders of human rights, particularly those that are working closely on issues related marginalised communities, tribals and land rights.

The activists were concerned about the application of sedition laws to people who publicly express dissent. They felt that this was dangerous and was not only un-democratic but was against the principles enshrined in the constitution. They said that it was not just activists who are bearing the brunt of sedition laws. They pointed to the example of Orissa, where four cases of sedition have been filed against journalists in recent years .

On the specifics of the Binayak Sen case, the gathering was of the opinion that the conviction was made without adequate evidence and was a vindictive response to the work that Dr Binayak Sen had done as a Civil Liberties campaigner in exposing the nexus between the Salwa Judum militia and the government machinery. The gathering held that Dr Sen was a Humanitarian who had received global recognition for his work as a Doctor amongst the tribal communities of Chhattisgarh and that the case against him was politically motivated. .

  • Justice Saldanha says, “ It is not a judgment but an atrocity of the worst order.”
  • Veerabhadra Chennamalla Swamiji, from Nedumamudi Mutt,  says, “Its an undemocratic judgment, and it is an assault on justice”.
  • From Popular Front of India, Usman Baig says, “Judiciary is also becoming fascist like the executive and legislature.”
  • Advocate Balan, from AITUC, says, “This is judicial terrorism”
  • U.R Ananthmurthy says, “Dr. Binayak Sen represents me too”
  • Agni Sridhar, and other speakers condemned the turn of events and called it an assault on democracy, pressing for the release of Dr. Binayak Sen.

The protest was jointly organised by Alternative Law Forum, Amnesty International, Bangalore Janara Vedike, Jana Arogya Andolana Karantaka, Jana Sahayoga, Janasthra, National Alliance for People’s Movements, People’s Democratic Forum, People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Sangama, SICHREM, Vimochana and many others.

|Press Release| Binayak Sen Conviction

December 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Statement in Kannada

Delhi/ Raipur,
24th December, 2010

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties is deeply disappointed at the miscarriage of justice reflected in the judgement of Raipur Additional District and Sessions Judge B. P. Verma  sentencing our National Vice President Dr. Binayak Sen to life imprisonment under charges of sedition 124 (A) of the IPC read with conspiracy (120-B IPC) along with convicting him concurrently u/s 8-(1), (2), (3) and (5) of the Chhattisgarh Vishesh Jan Suraksha Adhiniyam,2005 (Chhattisgarh Special Public Safety Act, 2005) and
u/sec 39 (2) of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 2004 (amended). It is a sad day for the PUCL and all human rights defenders in the country and a black day for the Indian Judiciary

Dr. Binayak Sen was charged with being a courier of letters from co-accused Narayan Sanyal to Piyush Guha. All through the trial not a single Jail authority appearing as prosecution witness confirmed this. In fact, there was no substantive evidence to confirm any of the allegations of the prosecution.
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The PUCL holds that Dr Binayak Sen is a victim of the vendetta of the Chhattisgarh government for his bold and principled opposition to state sponsored vigilante operation Salwa Judum, which has been held unacceptable even by the Supreme Court. His conviction is one more example of the state succeeding in securing the conviction of an innocent person on the basis of false evidence. It is an occasion for the nation to demand drastic reform of the criminal justice system to ensure that it is not manipulated by the state to persecute, prosecute and victimize innocent persons.

The PUCL will continue to work towards Dr. Binayak Sen release and take all legal measures in this regard. It will also work towards building public opinion against the ongoing persecution of activists and Human Rights Defenders in the country.

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