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USA: Committee of Concerned Scientists Calls for Urgent Action to Free Dr. Binayak Sen

7 May 2009

The Committee of Concerned Scientists (CCS) urges action on behalf of Dr. Binayak Sen who has been detained in India for two years without due process and denied medical care of his choice.

Background

Dr. Sen, a pioneer in health care to poor and indigenous communities in Chhattisgarh state, India, and a human rights activist, has been incarcerated on charges that Amnesty International says are unfounded of violating security laws. Local authorities imprisoned him without filing charges for seven months and kept him in solitary confinement for three weeks. His trial, which has been ongoing for 17 months, has not met internationally-recognized standards of fairness. Continued delays have not afforded him a fair trial. Authorities have refused Dr. Sen’s request to be transferred to a hospital outside of Raipur, Christian Medical College in Vellore, despite recurrent chest pains.

Human rights groups, intellectuals, and doctors from all over the world have signed petitions demanding Dr. Sen’s release, according to the BBC. Dr. Sen has been awarded the Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights for his services to poor and tribal communities and for his commitment to civil liberties.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7395540.stm

Take Action Today

Write, email or fax the following request to the Indian State and Federal authorities listed below on behalf of Dr. Sen:

We urge you to respond favorably and promptly to Dr. Binayak Sen’s request for medical care at Christian Medical College in Vellore; to ensure that he is provided with due process in accordance with Indian and International law; and, given that he has already spent two years in prison in Chhattisgarh state and is in ill health, to grant his request for release to house arrest pending a verdict in his trial, if one is warranted.

His Excellency Dr. Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister of India
Office of the Prime Minister
Room No. 152
South Block, Raisina Hill
New Delhi 110 001
INDIA
Fax: 91-11-230-19545
(salutation: Excellency:)

His Excellency Shri E. S. L. Narasimhan
Governor of Chhattisgarh
Raj Bhavan
Raipur – 492001
Chhattisgarh,
INDIA
Fax: 91-771-2331104
Email: governor.cg@nic.in
(salutation: Excellency:)

His Excellency Dr. Raman Singh
The Chief Minister
Office of the Chief Minister
Raipur, Chhattisgarh
INDIA
Fax: 91-771-2221306
Email: cmcg@nic.in
(salutation: Excellency:)

Copies to:

His Excellency Mr. Sh. Parampath Joy Oommen
The Chief Secretary
Government of Chhattisgarh
Raipur, Chhattisgarh
INDIA
Email: cs-cg@nic.in and joyoommen@nic.in

(salutation: Excellency:)

Ambassador Arun K. Singh
Charge d”Affaires Ad Interim
Embassy of India
2107 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008
Fax: 1-202-265-4351

Ambassador A. Peter Burleigh
Charge d’Affaires Ad Interim of the U.S. Mission
Shantipath, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi – 110021
INDIA
Fax: 011-91-11-2419-0017
Email: ndcentral@state.gov

This Action Alert was posted by the AAAS Science and Human Rights Program on behalf of the Committee of Concerned Scientists. SHRP has not independently verified its contents.
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