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Human Rights Forum expresses shock and outrage at the sentencing to life of Dr Binayak Sen

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Press Release

24-12-2010

Hyderabad

The Human Rights Forum (HRF) expresses shock and outrage at the sentencing to life of Dr Binayak Sen by the Raipur District and Sessions Court on Friday. Dr Sen is president of the Chattisgarh unit
of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and the PUCL’s national vice-president.

We recall that the farcical nature of the trial was widely reported over the past three years and the grave charges against Dr Sen were believed to be totally baseless. This judgement is entirely unjustified, unacceptable and is part of a viciously motivated campaign to silence democratic dissent. It is intended to intimidate and vilify those who advocate human rights and expose their
violations.

This judgement is brazen injustice. The HRF joins human rights activists across the country and all those who cherish democracy in condemning this travesty of justice. We demand that all charges against Binayak Sen be dropped and he be released.

VS Krishna (HRF State general secretary)
S Jeevan Kumar (HRF State president)