Saturday, December 25, 2010

Binayak Sen judgement

Subject: Let us try to co-ordinate the spontaneous outrage against the judgement into a powerful nationwide protest

Dear Friends,

By now all of you are aware of the outrageous judgement sentencing the President of Chhattisgarh PUCL - Dr. Binayak Sen to life imprisonment on the charge of sedition despite lack of any legally admissible evidence.


Dr. Sen's unjust incarceration is also symbolic of the extremely difficult situation in our state of Chhattisgarh

which is becoming a fascist police state intolerant of any dissent

where the judicary is becoming incapable of protecting constitutional rights to life and liberty 

where social activists are being persecuted and prosecuted on trumped up charges

where a repressive law like the Chhattisgarh Special Public Safety Act is being used to criminalise dissent

where thousands of adivasis are languishing in jails as "Naxalite undertrials" without hope of a fair trial

where the corporates are reigning supreme and have a stranglehold over the state's rich resources

where state sponsored bhagwa goondas attack democrats and minorities

where independent journalists are threatened

where hundreds of adivasis are being killed in "collateral damage" and thousands displaced in a war on people


Even earlier many of you have organised campaigns and demonstrations protesting these situations and demanding the release of Dr. Binayak Sen and other prisoners of conscience. 

Once again this is the need of the hour.

Particularly since preparations are afoot for escalation of war with direct deployment of army and airforce in anti-Naxal operations and  the grave humanitarian crisis intensifying, and at the same time all human rights activists, journalists, lawyers and social activists working in these areas are under severe threat after this judgement. 


Your solidarity is most important for us at this time.

Let us try to co-ordinate the spontaneous outrage against the judgement into a powerful nationwide protest


Chhattisgarh PUCL

"Nobody is giving up violence. Neither the state nor the Maoists are giving up violence. I am interested in furthering my cause, which is the cause of peace with justice.- DR BINAYAK SEN



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