The reports of independent journalists have now prima facie established that 20 persons killed recently by the police and security forces ostensibly in an “encounter” in the Kotteguda Panchayat of district Bijapur in Bastar region were all local residents of the village. The dead include school going children and a woman and several members of one family. That this fact could be brought to light despite statements of the police authorities and even the Union Home Minister that “hard core” Naxals were killed in an encounter, underlines the repeated assertion of the PUCL that a free and independent press in conflict areas is vital to the protection of civil liberties.|
Civil rights activist Binayak Sen favoured an institutionalised mechanism to oversee the process conducted in local courts even in routine cases.
Mr. Sen claimed there was absolutely a “total disjunction” between the evidence recorded and the judgement delivered by a Chhattisgarh court which convicted him on charges of sedition.|
SEMINAR On Attack by the State on Life and Personal liberty of its people in Democratic India: Examining the Law on Sedition, other Draconian Laws and Human Rights Violations of Citizens under Ordinary Laws 7th -8th May, 2011 (Saturday and Sunday) From 10.30 am onwards Gandhi Peace Foundation, 223 Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg, Delhi PRESS [...]|
PUCL Public Meeting: Prosecution of Binayak Sen- Implications for Indian democracy! (Chennai, 30th Dec 2010)
People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) – Tamil Nadu Invites you to a protest meet Prosecution of Binayak Sen – Implications to Indian Democracy!! Speakers: Dr. Sara Bhattacharjee, Dr. Zachariah, Dr. Anand Zachariah, CMC, Vellore; Mr. M.G. Devasahayam, ex-IAS, Dr. V. Suresh, National Secretary, PUCL, and others —————————————————————– On 30.12.2010 (Thursday) at 5.30 pm @ [...]|
Press Release Delhi/ Raipur, 24th December, 2010 The People’s Union for Civil Liberties is deeply disappointed at the miscarriage of justice reflected in the judgement of Raipur Additional District and Sessions Judge B. P Verma sentencing our National Vice President Dr. Binayak Sen to life imprisonment under charges of sedition 124 (A) of the IPC [...]|