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An afternoon of cultural protest by artists, musicians, poets, film directors and writers against the persecution of Dr Binayak Sen will be held on 15th January at Jantar Mantar from 2-7 PM under the banner of ‘Artists for Human Rights’. Among those participating are well-known film directors Aparna Sen, Gautam Ghose and Sudhir Mishra together with musicians Rabbi Shergill and Susmit Bose. Among the poets and writers attending the cultural protest will be Ashok Vajpeyi, K.Satchidanandan, Kumarnarain, Mangalesh Dabral, Gagan Gill, Sanjay Kundan, Teji Grover, Khursheed Alam, Mukul Priyadarshini and Gauhar Raza. There will also be music performances by other artists and student bands from different colleges in Delhi in solidarity with Dr Binayak Sen. All are invited to come and attend the protest.
For further information contact:
Satya Sivaraman: Ph: 9818514952
Manisha Sethi: 9811625577
Protest meeting being held at Thane on Friday, 31st December, 2010 to plan a protest against the conviction and in solidarity with Binayak Sen. This meeting will be held in the Pavilion Hall of St. John’s School at 7 pm. this school is a few minutes’ walk away from Thane Railway Station (West)
Amnesty International urgent/
18 May 2009
UA 129/09 Fear for Safety/Incommunicado detention
SRI LANKA Dr. T. Sathiyamoorthy (m) medical doctor
Dr. Varatharajah (m) medical doctor
Dr. Shanmugarajah (m) medical doctor
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of three government employed doctors who had been working in the conflict zone in northeastern Sri Lanka until 15 May. Dr. T. Sathiyamoorthy, Dr. T. Varatharajah and Dr.Shanmugarajah were treating the sick and wounded until they reportedly traveled out of the ‘No Fire Zone’ with approximately 5,000 other civilians.
According to reports received by Amnesty International, Dr. Shanmugarajah and Dr. Sathiyamoorthy, the regional director of health services in Kilinochchi, may be currently held at the Terrorist Investigation Division (T.I.D) in the capital Colombo. However, a detention order has not yet been issued so their relatives remain unsure of their whereabouts and they do not have access to a lawyer. Dr. T. Varatharajah, the regional director of health services in Mullaitivu, was seriously injured and is reported to have been airlifted from the Omanthai crossing point to an unknown destination by the Sri Lankan Air Forces (SLAF). According to reports, the three doctors were last seen on the morning of 15 May at a holding area at Omanthai checking point.
By Philadelphia chapter of Association for India’s Development
May 14, 2009, Philadelphia: Today marked the second anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of Dr. Binayak Sen, a kindly, bearded doctor with a lifelong commitment to the issues of community health and human rights, who has worked his entire life in service of the the remote tribal reaches in central India. Dr. Sen’s arrest has been condemned and questioned worldwide by prominent organizations and individuals. Dr. Binayak Sen, a brilliant doctor, human rights activist, vice-president of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and the receiver of 2008 Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights has been kept behind the bars for two years by the Chhattisgarh police under the highly controversial “black laws” (CSPAS and UAPA) only on basis of some baseless accusations. None of the 64 witnesses examined so far have said anything against Dr. Sen. But Dr. Sen still keeps on languishing in jail with an ailing heart and in need of immediate medical attention, which also is being denied to him. Both the Chhattisgarh government and the government of India have turned deaf ear to all the national and international outcries. In spite of the fact that Dr. Binayak has a unblemished record of public service both as a medical doctor amongst the poorest and as a human rights crusader, Dr. Sen’s pleas for bail have been denied by the Chhattisgarh courts as well as the Supreme Court multiple times.
“The fake encounters, rapes, burning of villages and displacement of adivasis [indigenous tribals] in tens of thousands and consequent loss of livelihoods have been extensively chronicled by several independent investigations. Dr Sen’s arrest is clearly an attempt to intimidate PUCL and other democratic voices that have been speaking out against human rights violations in the state.” (Dr. Noam Chomsky)
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Come One, Come All!
Two Years is Too much!
It’s now two years since Dr. Binayak Sen was arrested on 14th May, 2007, by the BJP govt. in Chhattisgarh on false charges of being a naxal accomplice. Despite many many protests not only all over India but the world over, and lack of any evidence during his trial so far to justify these wild charges against him, he still remains in jail. He has been denied even bail and what is more, despite the Raipur High Court’s directive, the vicious administration is not letting him go to the hospital of his choice for the investigation and treatment of his life threatening coronary artery disease.
To protest against this injustice we have organizing a Protest March to the BJP office in Pune on 14th May, as part of the All India Programme of Protests. (The police would stop us at some distance from the BJP office; but our slogans would surely reach them!)
14th May is a working day. But try your best to come. Today it’s Binayak, tomorrow; it may be any of us! Express your solidarity by joining the Protest March!
Rally: Date: 14th May, 2009 (Thursday),
At: 5.00 pm.
From: Senapati Bapat Statue, Pune
To: ‘Tambadi Jogeshwari Mandir’ near Appa Balwant Chowk, for a Protest Meeting
(Pl. reach Senapati Bapat Statue at 5.00 pm SHARP)
Release Dr. Binayak Sen Committee, Pune
(Adivasi Mahasangh, Arogya Sena, Kabeer Kala Manch, Krantivir Bhagatsing Brigade, National Alliance for People’s Movements (NAPM), Pune Shahar Molakarin Sanghatana, Pragatishil Bharatiya Muslim Aandolan, Bharat Dnyan Vidnya Samuday, Bharatiya Mahila Fedration, Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Samata Pratishathan, Maharashtra Pradesh Sravodya Mandal, Medico Friend Circle, Yuvak Kranti Dal, Rashtra Seva Dal, Lokayat, Lok Swatnatrata Sanghatana, Lok Panchayat, Vima Kamgar Sanghatana Pune, Shramik Mahila Morcha, Sarva Shramik Sanghatana.)
Our Demands –
- Drop all charges against Dr Binayak Sen enabling his unconditional release.
- Withdraw the draconian Chhattisgarh State Public Security Act (CSPSA) and release all prisoners like Binayak sen, arrested under CSPSA.
- Stop ‘Salwa Judum’
- Day long cycling and pamphleteering across the city,
- Public Meeting and Cultural evening marking the second year of incarceration of Dr. Binayak Sen
- 14th May, 2009
- Cycling and pamphleteering across the city – 9.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m
- Public Meeting and Cultural Programme – 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm
- Cycling and Pamphleteering – Refer list of places attached
- Public Meeting and Cultural Programme – Gandhi Statue, Marina Beach
Speakers for the public meeting
- Subbu -Treasurer, New Trade Union Initiative
- Marx. A -State Organiser, People’s Union for Human Rights
- Geetha. V -Feminist, Historian.
- Sujata Mody -Pen Thozhizhar Sangam
- Sathish -Pudhiya Porali
- Dr. Aravindhan
- Cultural Programme – Thandora
- Poetry Reading – Anirudh Vasudevan
May14th, 2009 marks two years of incarceration of the people’s doctor, Dr. Binayak Sen. Jailed in 2007 by the Chhatisgarh government under sections of the draconian Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act (CSPSA), Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, and the IPC, he remains in Raipur jail after repeatedly being denied bail in spite of wide spread opposition from across the world. Dr. Binayak Sen, like many others who speak out against gross human rights violations committed by governments has fallen victim to the ruthless state repression of the Right to Freedom of Expression and dissent.
Youth and workers from the unorganized sector will come together to take out a cycle rally and distribute pamphlets throughout the city to demand the immediate release of Dr.Binyak Sen. A public meeting and cultural program is planned at Gandhi Statue at Marina Beach. We feel it is the need of the hour to come together to not only demand for Dr.Sen’s release but use the opportunity marking the second year of his incarceration to raise our voices in protest against State suppression of the freedom of speech, expression and dissent.
Organised in solidarity with the Free Dr. Binayak Sen campaign
The eighth batch of over 200 protesters took part in the satyagraha for the release of jailed human rights and health activist Dr Binayak Sen, in Raipur today.
The programme began with protestors congregating at Budha Talab and holding a public meeting there.
The protestors marched through the streets of Raipur and later 185 of them courted arrest. The courting of arrest occurred after the satyagrahis were detained at Subhash Stadium by the Chhattisgarh authorities, following peaceful non-violent protest. They were all later released.
The satyagrahis who courted arrest included among others Medha Patkar of the Narmada Bachao Andolan and National Alliance of People’s Movements, Himanshu of the Vanvasi Chetna Ashram, Tukaram of the Jagrit Adivasi Dalit Sangathan, Noorjahan of the Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan and Lakhan of the CMM (Karyakartha Committee).
The next satyagraha will be held on 14 May, the second annivesary of Dr Sen’s arrest, when hundreds of people from around the country are expected to participate. A cultural evening of protest songs, plays and poetry is also planned for 13th May.
Lalit Mehta Sahadat Divas: A day of solidarity with NREGA activists and protest against state repression
On 14 May 2008, Lalit Mehta was brutally murdered in Palamau District, just as a social audit of NREGA was about to begin in the area. One year later, on 14 May 2009, a public meeting (“aam sabha”) will be taking place in Daltonganj to remember Lalit and also to protest against state repression of NREGA activists in Jharkhand and elsewhere.
Ever since the Act came into force three years ago, NREGA activists have been a prime target of state repression. In Jharkhand, Lalit Mehta’s tragic death was quickly followed by the murder of Kameshwar Yadav, the suicide of Tapas Soren, and a spate of other NREGA-related deaths. Similar incidents have occurred in Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and elsewhere. Hundreds of NREGA activists have also been jailed under false charges or beaten up. The time has come to raise our voice, together, against these human rights violations.
As it happens, 14 May 2009 will also be the second anniversary of Binayak Sen’s arrest in Raipur. This abuse of power, too, needs to be opposed.
You are invited to join this solidarity day. The programme will start around 9.30 am and conclude in the evening with candlelight procession and cultural programme. Please stay for the full duration is possible (simple accommodation will be available in Daltonganj on 14th). Daltonganj can be reached by bus or train from Ranchi, Patna, Varanasi and Allahabad.
This event is an initiative of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, Jharkhand. For further information please contact Vikas Sahyog Kendra (06566-285 483), James Herenj (09470396732), Jawahar (09430126909), Gurjeet (09431120534) or Mithilesh (09431193202).
Ayojan Samiti, Lalit Mehta Sahadat Divas
(Ajit, Birender, Gurjeet, James, Jawahar, Sunita)
Update from Rakhi
The fifth batch of 99 protesters took part in the satyagraha for the release of jailed human rights and health activist Dr Binayak Sen, in Raipur today.
The programme began with protestors congregating at Budha Talab and holding a public meeting there.
99 protestors marched through the streets of Raipur and later courted arrest.
The courting of arrest occurred after the satyagrahis were detained at Subhash Stadium by the Chhattisgarh authorities, following peaceful non-violent protest. They were all later released.
The satyagrahis who courted arrest included among others:
- N. Vasudevan (Secretary, NTUI)
- Manohar Kothekar (Jt. Secretary, NTUI)
- 5 Activists from Trade Union Solidarity Committee Mumbai
- Workers from Pragatisheel Cement Shramik Sangh, Chattisgarh (associated with CMM-Mazdoor Karyakarta Committee)
- Workers from Jan Adharit Engg Mazdoor Union, Chattisgarh (associated with CMM-Mazdoor Karyakarta Committee)
- Workers from Mehnatkash Aavas Adhikar Sangathan, Chattisgarh (associated with CMM-Mazdoor Karyakarta Committee)
- Satya Sivaraman from Delhi (binayaksen.net)and Madhumita Dutta from Chennai (Corporate Accountability Desk).
We thank Shahana from Delhi for sending protest costumes to be used in the Raipur Satyagraha.
Detailed updates and photos will follow from participants later today.