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Archive of entries posted on May 2009

Binayak Sen speaks out on his prison experience

From the Hindu: Raktima Bose “Whether a person is a convict or an undertrial, he has no human dignity…” — Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury Doctor and civil rights activist Binayak Sen and his wife Ilina Sen address a press conference in Kolkata on Friday. KOLKATA: “My life in prison was an absolute revelation,” said doctor [...]

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Need Spine, Not Muscle, To Fight For Human Rights

Deccan Chronicle, May 28th, 2009 by Antara Dev Sen It took two years of sustained shaming to get Dr Binayak Sen out on bail. The state had been stoutly ignoring the worldwide chorus of appeals and angry protests since the doctor and civil rights activist’s arrest on flimsy charges back in May 2007. Now the [...]

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State-sponsored vigilantism

From: The Hindu, May 28, 2009 Editorial It is a symptom of the troubled times Indian democracy is passing through that the release on bail of an eminent human rights activist and medical practitioner, Dr. Binayak Sen — something that is routine for even individuals of questionable repute accused or convicted of heinous crimes — [...]

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A triumph for human rights

Herald, Panjim, 27 May 2009 Editorial The grant of bail to Dr Binayak Sen by the Supreme Court brings down the curtain on one of the most shameful episodes in the recent history of democratic India. Sen was in jail for two long years before a Supreme Court vacation bench comprising Justices Markandey Katju and [...]

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Binayak Sen: Why dissent matters in a democracy

Asian Age, May 27, 2009 by Patralekha Chatterjee May.27 : There is much to celebrate. Dr Binayak Sen has been finally granted bail by the Supreme Court. The 59-year-old doctor and human rights activist has paid a steep price for defending the health and rights of tribal communities in remote pockets of Chhattisgarh: two precious [...]

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