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All India Convention On Suppression of Democratic Rights in Chhattisgarh

8th, 9th & 10th December, 2007
Venue: Gass Memorial Centre, Jai Stambh Chawk, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
Organized By: People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)- Chhattisgarh


November 24, 2007

Dear Friends,


This is to inform you that the plans for the All India Convention on Suppression of Democratic Rights in Chhattisgarh to be held from 8th to 10th of December, 2007 are progressing, and the response is quite encouraging.

We would, once again, like to request your presence and participation that would strengthen the movement in defence of democracy in Chhattisgarh.

It is not mere coincidence that the forthcoming INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY on 10th December, 2007 is to be observed to DEFEND THE DEFENDERS OF HUMAN RIGHTS. As we know that our own General Secretary, Dr. Binayak Sen continues to languish in Jail, what with the judicial process taking its own sweet time, and the un-ethical delay tactics adopted by the State Government.

Anyway, this appears to be the right occasion for us to express solidarity and put up a united front in raising our voices honestly against the violation of human rights in Chhattisgarh. Now is the time to share our resources and make it meaningful and effective in our joint struggles for defending democracy.

As you may note that the scheduling provides ample space and opportunity for all delegates to participate. Thus, please come prepared to share in the presentations and discussions. Please also bring enough documents, reports, posters, films, etc. There will be a special place for display.

VENUE: Gass Memorial Centre, Jai Stambh Chawk, Raipur, CG. (Tel: 2536532/2536533)
FOOD & ACCOMMODATION: Food will be provided during the Convention to all delegates.

Accommodation for those coming from outside Chhattisgarh has been arranged from 7th evening till 10th evening. Kindly inform the details (Date, Time etc. of Arrival & Departure)

Also, please note that the Registration Fee is Rs. 100 per day per delegate for those who would need food and accommodation.

COMMUNICATION: Please keep in touch. Telephones numbers are given below:
Sudha Bhardwaj (09926603877); Rashmi Diwedi(09993250628); Bulu Bahen( 07769-264203)
Dr. Ilina Sen (09425206875); Gautam Bandopadhyay (09826171304);Basant Sahu(09993237850)
Rajendra K Sail (098268-04519); T G Ajay (094241-36077); Ratneshwar Nath(0942529041)

Looking forward to meeting you, and with revolutionary regards,

Yours in the Struggles,

Rajendra K Sail


Outline of the Programme

8th December 2007 (Saturday)

10:00 am: Registration
Welcome & Introduction
11:00 am: An Overview – Chhattisgarh Human Rights Situation:
1) North Chhattisgarh (2 presentations)
2) South Chhattisgarh (2 presentations)
3) Central Chhattisgarh (2 presentations)
01:30 pm: Lunch
2:30 pm: Human Rights Crisis in Dantewara District:
1) Displacement & Livelihood Rights
2) Salwa Judum
3) Violence Against Women
4) Corporate Agenda
5) Saffronization;
6) Militarization
4:00 pm: Tea
4:30 pm: Human Rights Crisis in Dantewara District (Contd.)
6:30 pm: Break
7:00 pm: State Repression in Chhattisgarh:
a) Black Laws; b) Fake Encounters, Fake Surrenders & Custodial Deaths; c) Fake Arrests; d) Suppression of Right to Dissent (Gagging of Media, Intellectuals, NGOs, etc.); e)Police Accountability

9th December 2007(Sunday)
9:30 am: Brief Reporting on Previous Day
10:00 am: Defending the Defenders: The Case of Dr. Binayak Sen, General Secretary, CG-PUCL
11:00 am: Development Vs Democracy
a) Legislation – The Promise & the Reality;
b) Loot of Resources;
c) Politics of Land & Exclusion;
2:30: Shrinking Democratic Space & People’s Responses
Presentation of Draft: The Chhattisgarh Declaration-2007
4:30 pm: Tea & Departures
5:00 pm: Task Force Meeting – Follow-up Action
6:30 pm: Film Show
10th December 2007 (Monday) (Human Rights Day)
10:30 am to 4 pm: People’s Protest Demonstration against State Repression
· Dharna
· Rally
· Public Meeting