Stoppt die Kriminalisierung von Menschenrechts-Aktivist*innen in Indien!

23. Oktober 2018  Allgemein

Derzeit wird im Verfahren gegen die zehn Beschuldigten vom 6. Juni und 28. August vor einem Prozessgericht in erster Instanz (trial court) über die Anträge auf die Aussetzung der Haftbefehle verhandelt. Mit einer Freilassung gegen Kaution ist nicht zu rechnen.  
Der Prozesstag am 22. Oktober nutze der Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) dazu, neue Vorwürfe gegen drei der Beschuldigten vorzubringen. Diese richteten sich u.a. gegen die Anwälte Surendra Gadling und Arun Ferreira, sowie die Anwältin Sudha Bharadwaj, die alle in der Indian Association of People`s Lawyers (IAPL) aktiv waren.

Zur Erinnerung: Zunächst hatte man den zehn Beschuldigten vorgeworfen, die Ausschreitungen bei Pune (Bhima Koregaon) angezettelt zu haben, dann hieß es, sie hätten einen Mordanschlag auf hochrangige Regierungsvertreter geplant. Jetzt behauptet die Polizei u.a., dass 
die IAPL eine Frontorganisation der verbotenen CPI (Maoist) sei und es wurde angedroht, den amtierenden Vorsitzenden der IAPL – der vor seiner Pensionierung u.a. Richter am High Court in Mumbai war – zu verhaften. 
Erneut stützt sie ihre Behauptungen auf dubiose Briefe/ E-Mails. Es ist damit zu rechnen, dass Sicherheitsexperte*innen auch diese in Bezug auf ihre Glaubwürdigkeit zerreißen werden. Bisher hat sich die Ermittlungsbehörde davon nicht beeindrucken lassen. 
Gleichzeitig ist auch die Welle der Solidarität ungebrochen …  

Indian Association of People´s lawyers (IAPL) condemns the threat to arrest Justice H Suresh
October 22, 2018

IAPL condemns the threat issued by Shivaji Pawar, ACP, Maharashtra Police to arrest IAPL’s President Justice Hosbet Suresh (Retd.) and the most alarming portrayal by him of IAPL as a frontal organization of CPI (Maoist). IAPL believes that such attacks on Judges and Human Right defenders which includes lawyers and organizations, require to be understood in the in the light of rising authoritarianism and fascist attacks in the country. It is the need of the hour for all organisations and individuals to come together and resist this onslaught collectively and to strongly condemn and resist this brazen attempt to intimidate Justice H. Suresh (Retd) and members of IAPL.  

Bhima Koregaon: No coercive action against Gautam Navlakha, Anand Teltumbde, Bombay HC tells police
Oct 19, 2018 
The court will hear the activists’ petitions to quash the case against them on October 26.
The Bombay High Court on Friday asked the police not to take any coercive action against activists Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde, both accused in the Bhima Koregaon violence case, till next week, PTI reported.
Analyzing the „evidence“
13 letters leaked by Pune police show why it’s hard to believe claims about a Maoist conspiracy
Sep 09, 2018 
From Congress to Christian groups, academics to student activists, a sweeping range of people and organisations are shown to be collaborating with Maoists.

Urban Maoist Fakery 
Sep 3, 2018 

By Ajai Sahni, South Asia Intelligence Review 

The unfolding of the alleged ‘urban Maoist conspiracy’ is, at once, both tragedy and farce, exposing the utter collapse of standards in policing and governance. 

Saathi Sudha, we’re with you: 7 letters to Sudha Bharadwaj from 7 young women lawyers 
Oct 20, 2018 

For it is better to have loved badly than to never have loved at all. And it is better to write badly than to never write at all.

To Sudha,

With love. 

Shikha Pandey, Priya Shukla, Chandni Chawla, Nirupama Bajpai, Shailza S, Madhur and Yours always.


The State of Undeclared Emergency can only be fought with People’s coalitions
Oct 13, 2018

Activists, friends and families of arrested under UAPA and Bhima Koregaon speak out at People’s Convention in Mumbai

Mumbai, October 13: Ona hot October Friday evening, over 500 people attended the People’s Convention against Undeclared Emergency in the Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre, where speakers spoke against the imposition of the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and demanded the release of activists charged under them. The meeting was organised by Mumbai Rises to Save Democracy, a collective of 40 Civil Society, Democratic Rights organisations and NGOs across Maharashtra.

Gadchiroli’s 300 Gram Sabhas (Village Councils) Pass Resolution in Support of Activist Mahesh Raut
Oct 10, 2018, by Sukanya Shantha
Villagers have highlighted the work done by the forest rights activist in the area and the challenges they have been facing since his arrest in June 2018.

Mumbai: Four months after Pune Police arrested Mahesh Raut, forest rights activist and former Prime Minister Rural Development Fellow, terming him an ‘Urban Naxal’, as many as 300 gram sabhas (village councils) from Etapalli and Bhamragad tehsils of Gadchiroli have passed a resolution in his support.

Convention Against the Politics of Repression of People’s Movements 31st October 2018 / Raipur, Chattisgarh

Chhattisgarh has been at the forefront of many political struggles, and also a site of political and state repression to by highly feudalistic casteist power structure that has been facilitating corporate loot and the plunder of natural and mineral resources. Along with the struggle of farmers and adivasis to save their jal, jungle and zameen (water, forest and land) and a long historical workers struggle, present times are also witnessing a strong adivasi and dalit movement against cultural imperialism and for the protection of rights under the constitution.
All these struggles have also seen severe repression. Ranging from the cases of false encounters, sexual violence and arrests in Bastar under the garb of anti Naxal operations to the crackdowns on movements against land grab and slapping false cases on people demanding the implementation of PESA, and Forest Rights Act in North Chattisgarh. The political and state attack on the Pathalgarhi movement, the continuing repression and arrest of leaders of farmers agitation and denying them their right to protest as well as the crackdown on protest of shiksha karmis, health workers, even police karmis and their families shows shrinking political spaces of protest. Police terror and arrests are being used to break the peoples growing resistance and attack any attempt to raise questions, submit memorandums or take out marches, or any other form of protest.

Many cases of advasi and dalit activist who have raised their voice against casteist practices, through face book post or in public meeting have had cases slapped against them and jailed for months before being granted bail. There has been a spate of arrest under cow slaughter and religious conversion and also a targeted attack on minority religions and institution by hindutva forces to which the state has been a mute spectator or at times even a facilitator.
The situation at present has worsened to the point where even the normal political activities of main stream opposition parties are being criminalised brutally targeted.
In the face of this both in Chhattisgarh, and in the country as a whole, there is a growing convergence of people’s movements. There are growing challenges to these anti people policies in the legal arena as well to defend the democratic rights of people and liberty of human rights defenders.

Several journalists and lawyers have played a key role by building public discourse and undertaking legal battles.

The Bhima Koregaon case marks a turning point in the use of state repression. An event to celebrate the valour of Dalits and OBCs is sought to be delegitimized by casting overtones of extraneous Maoist activity. Ten prominent human rights defenders, lawyers, professors, cultural, social and political activists, while homes of ten others have been raided. These arrests represent something more sinister – that the legal work of human rights defenders (trade union activists, anti-displacement activists, lawyers, poets and writers etc.) can be criminalized and deemed as terrorist activities that require the slapping of the draconian UAPA; and that all space for democratic dissent can be usurped by the State in the name of ‘Public and National Security’. Moreover, this political repression is justified by creating a false narrative in the media which converges with the right-wing ideology and prejudices fair trail of the so-called accused.

Recent events indicate that the State Government of Chhattisgarh leads the way in attempts to subvert the Constitution. This design has to be defeated by a powerful, broad and cohesive movement to defend the democratic rights of people and liberty of human right defenders.
We have to focus attention on the misuse of police power, in order to enable both society and Courts to recognize the unreasonableness of the laws being deployed to criminalize protest, dissent and legitimate activities of lawyers, human rights defenders trade union activists, and people’s movements.

We have to demand the repeal of all repressive laws, and in particular the UAPA , CSPSA and others.
We have to come together to also create a united front and a common/ agenda/ manifesto for our united struggles in Chattisgarh as well at the national level to build a consolidated movement.
We have to build a movement against this attack on all democratic movement and in the process consolidate the struggle to oppose political repression and to uphold the Right to Dissent, Defend and Organize!

We call upon all democratic and progressive forces to join the Convention
Uphold the Right to Dissent, Defend, Organize !

On behalf of Organizing Comittee