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JU students take out first ever street protest in Kolkata to free Soni Sori

The campaign to free Soni Sori broke new ground on Wednesday 12 December, with the first street protest for her immediate release being organised at Jadavpur University in Kolkata. It was a small beginning, with fewer than 200 college students and a handful of civil society activists carrying out a march; a turnout blamed by organisers on college exams. “This is only the beginning,” said Madhushree Das, one of the organisers, “and we will continue the protest and plan something big for January, when the students are back on campuses.”

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Happy Birthday, Seema Azad!

Seema Azad’s bail petition is scheduled to come up for hearing in the Allahabad High Court tomorrow, Monday, August 6th. Everyone is hopeful that she will be granted bail. In the meanwhile, today was a day to celebrate Seema’s birthday and demand her release. The event at Jantar Mantar in Delhi organized by PUCL, Jan [...]

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PUCL demands legal action against officials who killed the 20 persons in Bijapur district.

The reports of independent journalists have now prima facie established that 20 persons killed recently by the police and security forces ostensibly in an “encounter” in the Kotteguda Panchayat of district Bijapur in Bastar region were all local residents of the village. The dead include school going children and a woman and several members of one family. That this fact could be brought to light despite statements of the police authorities and even the Union Home Minister that “hard core” Naxals were killed in an encounter, underlines the repeated assertion of the PUCL that a free and independent press in conflict areas is vital to the protection of civil liberties.

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PUCL: ‘Conviction of Seema Azad is a glaring travesty of Justice’

“The conviction of civil rights activist Seema Azad for terrorism, unlawful activities, sedition and waging war against the state is a glaring travesty of justice.” This was the view shared by all the speakers at a press conference today. Justice Sachar argued that judgment of the session’scourt is based on little evidence and little application of mind. The only allegation against her is that she was in the possession of literature that the prosecution argued was illegal. But between possessing literature and committing an offence is a wide chasm that cannot be bridged by the flimsy arguments brought forth by the prosecution and accepted by the judge.

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PUCL On the Conviction of Seema Azad and her husband by an Allahabad Court

PEOPLE’S UNION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES Founder: Jayaprakash Narayan 270-A Patparganj, Opposite Anandlok Apartments, Mayur Vihar- Phase I, Delhi 110091 12th  June, 2012 Press Release           On the Conviction of Seema Azad and her husband by an Allahabad Court The news of the sentencing of Seema Azad, along with her husband Vishwavijay Kamal, [...]

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