50 survivors of Bhopal disaster will be joining in Raipur Satyagraha on Monday

Dear All,


The three bhopal survivor organizations today held a conference in  solidarity of Raipur Satyagraha campaign for release of Dr. binayak sen.  tomorrow 50 survivors of 1984, Bhopal disaster will be travelling to Raipur  to stage a dharna outside Raipur jail on Monday. Please see the press  release below


Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha
Bhopal Group for Information and Action

March 21, 2009
Press Statement


At a press conference today, three organizations working for the survivors of the Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal, demanded that the Chattisgarh government withdraw charges under the draconian Chhattisgarh State Public Security Act and release Paediatrician and Human Rights defender Dr. Binayak Sen from Raipur jail.


They said that Dr. Sen who was awarded the prestigious Jonathan Mann Awardlast year for his work in public health and human rights, remains jailed by the state government since May 14, 2007. They said that Dr. Sen was being punished by endless trial for his public criticism of the human rights violations by the government in the Salwa Judum campaign.


The organizations said that the charges of �treason, waging war against the state and abetting activities of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) are completely baseless and false. This is evident by the fact that till today, of the 83 witnesses listed for deposition by the prosecution as part of the original charge sheet, 16 were dropped by the prosecutors themselves, 6 declared �hostile�, while 61 others have deposed without corroborating any of the accusations against Dr Sen.


Members of the three survivors� organizations will soon be joining the Raipur Satyagraha campaign and court arrest at Raipur in support of Dr. Binayak. The Raipur Satyagraha is an initiative of over 100 groups around the country agitating for release of Dr Binayak Sen and against persecution of human rights defenders.


They said that the international supporters of Dr. Sen, which include 22 Nobel Laureates, will demonstrate outside Indian consulates in the US, UK and Sri Lanka on March 27, 2009 in support of the Raipur Satyagraha. Earlier on March 14, 2009, 44 satyagrahis led by Magsaysay Award winner and well-known social activist Sandeep Pandey, film maker Anand Patwardhan and trade union leader D. Thankappan have courted arrest in Raipur and more intellectuals,  artists, writers and others are expected to do the same as part of the national campaign to release Dr. Binayak Sen, the organizations said.


Rashida Bi, Champa Devi Shukla
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh
94256 88215


Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha
93290 26319


Bhopal Group for Information and Action
98261 67369

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