Rally, Dharna and National Convention: Resisting Bans, Reclaiming Democracy: Struggle for Rights, Freedoms and Justice



Resisting Bans, Reclaiming Democracy:

Struggle for Rights, Freedoms and Justice


Rally, Dharna and National Convention

9th- 10th September 2016



Curbs on dissent in India are not of recent origin with our six decades of extraordinary legislations like AFSPA, TADA, POTA, UAPA, and the experience of the Emergency. Members of Coordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO) have for over four decades waged a struggle against attacks on, and infringement of, people’s rights and freedoms as well as opposed criminalising of associations for their ideological perspective. The use of extraordinary laws as well as sections of the IPC is intensifying by the day to criminalize and discourage people from trade union activities, membership of peasant organizations, struggles of and for women, Dalits and Adivasis, as well as membership of or support for a “banned" organization. Military offensive like ‘Operation Green hunt’ against Adivasis in the name of waging war against the Maoists continue to bring out the most brutal side of the state. Today we are witnessing a renewed assault. In addition to the repression on rights by state agencies through recourse to law and legality, including policy formulations, what we are faced with now under the present political regime, are attacks on freedoms by jingoists and bigoted right wing groups, acting as a law unto themselves, with the tacit support of the police, administration and government. The nexus between right wing organisations, and the police, seriously jeopardises our rights to think, speak, watch, listen, eat, read, write, paint, practice, wear, marry and protest. It is in the context of this climate of bans- political, social, cultural- that CDRO is holding a two day event to focus on the multipronged nature of the attack, the legal/formal and informal dimensions of bans, and the methods used to enforce / impose them. The two day event is part of our resistance against bans and the curtailment of fundamental freedoms. 

9th September 2016- CDRO Rally and Dharna

Friday, 11 am onwards: March for Democracy

Rally from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar followed by dharna



10th September 2016- Seminar on Political, Social and Cultural Bans

Saturday, 10 am onwards


Venue: Indian Society of International Law (Auditorium, First Floor)

V.K. Krishna Menon Bhawan, 9, Bhagwan Dass Road, New Delhi (Opposite Supreme Court, Nearest Metro Station- Pragati Maidan)



D. N. Jha (Former Professor and Historian)

Uma Chakravarti (Academic and Rights Activist)

G. Haragopal (Academic and Rights Activist)

Vernon Gonsalves (Rights Activist)

K Y Ratnam (Academic)


Constituent Organisations: Association for Democratic Rights (AFDR, Punjab), Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR, West Bengal); Bandi Mukti Morcha (West Bengal); Civil Liberties Committee (CLC, Andhra Pradesh); Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR, Mumbai); Coordination for Human Rights (COHR, Manipur); Human Rights Forum (HRF, Andhra Pradesh); Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti (MASS), Assam; Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR); Organisation for Protection of Democratic Rights (OPDR, Andhra Pradesh); Peoples’ Committee for Human Rights (PCHR, Jammu and Kashmir); Peoples Democratic Forum (PDF, Karnataka); Peoples Union For Civil Liberties (PUCL, Jharkhand); Peoples Union For Civil Liberties (PUCL, Nagpur); Peoples Union For Civil Liberties (PUCL, Rajasthan);  Peoples Union For Democratic Rights (PUDR, Delhi); Peoples Union for Civil Rights (PUCR, Haryana) and Campaign for Peace & Democracy in Manipur (CPDM), Delhi