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Archive of entries posted on December 2011

31st January 2012 – All India Campaign against Sedition and other Repressive Laws

To launch the `All India Campaign against Sedition and other repressive Laws’ as a collective campaign of all democratic rights and human rights organisations, mass movements, rights bodies, professionals and concerned citizens. This campaign should be launched on the 31st of January, 2011 at the Gandhi Peace Foundation in Delhi (originally we had planned 30th JanuaryMartyr’s day, but due to the non availability of the hall, the launch has been shifted to the 31st with a press conference in Delhi on the 30th of January, 2011).

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Another lovable radical

We don’t need to spell out the special significance this day a year ago holds. Earlier today, I happened to come across a reference to Eugene Debs and Howard Zinn and ended up re-reading the essay that I reproduce below. Introducing Debs to readers, Zinn wrote, “We are always in need of radicals who are also lovable …” We can all draw our own parallels (and identify differences) with other lovable radicals. Like Gandhi did four years later, Debs also admitted in the court the accusation against him. “I have been accused of obstructing the war. I admit it. I abhor war. I would oppose war if I stood alone.” Before sentencing, Debs said to judge and jury: “While there is a lower class, I am in it. While there is a criminal element, I am of it. While there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” He was sentenced to ten years in prison. He had served nearly three of those years when his sentence was commuted and he was released on Christmas Day, 1921.

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PUCL condemns the arrest of PUCL executive member Kailash Meena

PUCL condemns the arrest of PUCL executive member Kailash Meena, the
leading anti mining and anti displacement activist from Neem ka Thana,
Sikar District. We had continuously written to the Home Department and the
DG police that several false cases had been made out against Kailash. He
was arrested today by the Police of Patan Police Station at around 1 pm. He
was later produced in front of the magistrate and sent into judicial
custody.

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Jharkhand HC Acquits Jitan Marandi and others

The Jharkhand High Court Thursday acquitted four suspected Maoists who were awarded death sentence for the 2007 massacre of 19 people, including the son of former chief minister Babulal Marandi.
A division bench of the Jharkhand High Court of Justice R.K. Merethia and Justice D.N. Upadhaya acquitted the four convicted men granting them benefit of doubt.

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Campaign to Repeal Sedition Law: Meeting on Dec 16, 2011, in Delhi

PUCL INVITES YOU
for the meeting

To Plan strategies to intensify the nationwide campaign
to Repeal the sedition law:

16th December, 2011 from 11 am to 3 pm
Venue: Gandhi Peace Foundation, Deen Dayal Upadhayay Marg,
N Delhi

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