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Archive of entries posted on November 2011

Binayak Sen backs jailed artiste Jitan Marandi

Ranchi, Nov. 12: Human rights activist Binayak Sen today came out in open support of Jeetan Marandi who has been found guilty for the 2007 Chikari massacre, terming the death sentence to the tribal artiste “unlawful”.

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Defending the Defenders of Human Rights Conference

Human rights activists have come under repeated attacks recently. Right to Information activists have been killed and many have had cases filed against them. Journalists have been jailed in criminal defamation cases, have been attacked, some of them killed, and media houses have had their offices ransacked. Tribal activists particularly in conflict areas have been hounded by the police and many of them are in jail today. The situation has never been so dire. The need of the hour is to protect and defend human rights activists in India today.

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IFJ: Alleged Torture of Detained Journalist Must be Investigated

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins partner organisations in the South Asia Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN) in expressing serious concern at reports of the alleged torture in custody of journalist Lingaram Kodopi in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

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Protest To Demand the Release of Soni Sodi and Lingaram Kodopi

Binayak Sen, Himanshu Kumar or Lingaram Kodopi and Soni Sori have not
resorted to violence. They have only exercised their democratic right to
express their opinion. They have only tried to make this republic more
transparent and accountable. Under the garb of fighting Maoists, the State
is systematically destroying democratic voices so that the adivasis are
forced to move and their mineral rich lands are sold off to mining
corporations.

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