Public Meeting: Politics of Banning, Political Prisoners and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act

People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR)

invites you to a

Public Meeting


Politics of Banning, Political Prisoners and

the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act



Mohammad Shoaib (Senior lawyer and President of Rihai Manch, Uttar Pradesh)

Abhishek Mukherjee (Student leader, Jadavpur University, West Bengal)

Harish Dhawan (PUDR activist, Delhi)


The use of extra-ordinary and anti-terror legislations to ban people’s politics, ideologies, thoughts, and organisations espousing them, has been a recurrent state practice. As part of this practice, the use of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) particularly stands out for its draconian provisions having the power to criminalize the fundamental rights to freedom of expression, association and political dissent. The unremitting powers granted under the UAPA and other such laws have been continually used by successive governments to persecute individuals/organizations/associations, mark them out as political pariahs who are then prosecuted for their political beliefs. Today, many Muslims, Adivasis, Dalits, workers, women and rights activists languish in jail charged under UAPA and other laws, accused of crimes against the state, either for their politics or for  the fact that they have a social/political identity that the state ‘suspects’. Against the background of such unbridled and ever escalating use of the laws relating to banning, PUDR is organizing this meeting to focus on the multipronged attacks on rights and freedoms, the plight of political prisoners and organizations that have been banned.


Date: 11 November 2016, Friday

Time: 4.30 pm onwards

Venue: Indian Law Institute, Bhagwan Das Road, Delhi (Opp. Supreme Court of India)