Political Prisoners

On the release of our long-standing member Gautam Navlakha

On 1st October, the Delhi High Court set aside the Order of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Saket Courts passed on 28th August granting transit remand to Pune police against Gautam Navlakha in the one of the FIRs booked in connection to the Bhima Koregaon incident. It was held by the Delhi High Court that the said Order was untenable in law as it was in violation of not just the fundamental rights guaranteed to an accused by the Constitution of India (Article 22) but also that it failed to take into account the statutory procedure to be followed at the time of arrest.

तू जिंदा है!

The country is witnessing another round of crackdown on Human Rights Activists. While Arun Ferreira (Advocate), Sudha Bhardwaj (Trade Unionist, Teacher and Advocate), Gautam Navlakha (Editor and Writer), Varvara Rao (Writer and Literary critic) and Vernon Gonsalves (Academic) have been placed under house arrest, along with them, houses of Prof Anand Teltumbde, Fr Stan Swamy (Tribal rights defender), Prof K. Satyanarayana and many others were also searched over the last two days.

Condemn the ban on PFI in Jharkhand

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights condemns the Jharkhand Government for banning PFI, Popular Front of India, without providing any prima-facie evidence to support its decision. Through its official release dated 20th February 2018, the BJP state government proscribed PFI by invoking extraordinary powers provided under S 16 [Powers to Declare Associations Unlawful] of the CLA (Criminal Law Amendment) Act.

Release Anti-Displacement Activist Damodar Turi

PUDR condemns the arrest of anti-displacement activist and founder member of “Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan” (VVJVA) Damodar Turi, on February 15, 2018 at Ranchi, an hour after the “Loktantra Bachao Manch” (Save Democracy Forum) organized meeting had ended. He was not shown a warrant for his arrest and was presented before the Giridih Court next day and sent to judicial custody. His arrest was under a case registered at Giridih Mufassil Police Station on November 7, 2017.

Condemn Re-Arrest of Kobad Ghandy!

PUDR condemns the re-arrest of political prisoner Kobad Ghandy. Seventy one year old Ghandy, who is facing incarceration since September 2009 had been granted interim bail on medical grounds for three months starting from 12th December 2017 by a court in Andhra Pradesh. But on 16th December 2017, he was rearrested by the Jharkhand police while he was attending a court hearing at Achempet in Telangana. The Jharkhand police accompanied by the Andhra Pradesh Special Intelligence Bureau (APSIB) have taken him to Ranchi.

CDRO Campaign for Release of Political Prisoners: Profiles of 6 Political Prisoners convicted under UAPA in Gadchiroli

Coordination for Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO)

CAMPAIGN FOR RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS:

PROFILES OF SIX POLITICAL PRISONERS CONVICTED UNDER UAPA IN GADCHIROLI

(Convicted and Sentenced vide judgment dated 07.03.2017 in State of Maharashtra v Mahesh Tirki & Ors by Gadchiroli Sessions Court; Sessions Case No. 13/2014 & 130/2015)

9th November 2017

CDRO Campaign for Release of Political Prisoners: Profiles of 6 Political Prisoners convicted under UAPA in Gadchiroli

Coordination for Democratic Rights Organisations (CDRO)

CAMPAIGN FOR RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS:

PROFILES OF SIX POLITICAL PRISONERS CONVICTED UNDER UAPA IN GADCHIROLI

(Convicted and Sentenced vide judgment dated 07.03.2017 in State of Maharashtra v Mahesh Tirki & Ors by Gadchiroli Sessions Court; Sessions Case No. 13/2014 & 130/2015)

9th November 2017

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