International Association of People’s Lawyers’s Statement on the conviction of Binayak Sen

The International Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) condemn the conviction, in last December 24th, of Dr. Binayak Sen, and also Narayan Sanyal and Piyush Guha, to life imprisonment for the crimes of sedition and conspiration and under the draconian Chhattisgarh Special Public Safety Act, 2005 and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 2004.

Binayak Sen is Vice President of the renowned Indian People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), and is a people’s doctor, who chose to exercise his profession among the poorest tribal people on India, suffering the hardest deprivement of social conditions and violated and displaced by joint action of mining corporations, the militia Salwa Judum and the State. He was accused after he went to serve medical assistance to the allegedly Maoist leader Narayan Sanyal in a Chhattisgarh jail. He was falsely charged as serving as a courier of letters between Sanyal and Guha, another allegedly Maoist.

In October 2007 IAPL conducted an International Fact Finding Mission in Chhattisgarh on state repression and the conditions of tribal peoples. The team tried to interview with Dr. Sen and was abruptely blocked by high jail authorities to go inside the prison. The report Chhattisgarh: an Indian State in conflict, said “A well known case brought to the attention of the Mission is the one of Dr. Binayak Sen, a socially-committed pediatrician and civil-rights activist, who is presently under detention for criticizing the state’s policies. The IAPL delegation attempted to visit Dr. Sen in jail to verify his condition and know whether his rights are being respected. The IAPL submitted a formal request to visit but was not allowed by the prison officials.”

After a strong international campaign for his release, and weekly protests in India, Dr. Sen was released on bail on May 25, 2009.

Therefore, IAPL Repudiates the judgment and conviction of Dr. Binayak Sen, Narayan Sanyal and Piyush Guha.

Condemn the Chhattisgarh Special Public Safety Act, 2005 and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 2004, as laws that criminalize every democratic dissent and set a state of terror instead of a rule of law.

Defend the free exercise of medical profession and urge the health organizations worldwide to take action in solidarity to Dr. Binayak Sen.

Strongly repudiate the systematic violations of human rights such as harassments, illegal arrests, displacements and killings by the state by a terror militar action against the people called Operation Green Hunt.

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