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Resist the Silent Emergency in India – People’s Hearing on Fabricated Cases

RESIST THE SILENT EMERGENCY!

Dear  Friends,

Sub: Invitation to a ‘PEOPLE’S HEARING ON FABRICATED CASES’ 

Venue: Constitution Club,  New Delhi 

Dates: September 28 – 29, 2012, Friday, Saturday.

The nightmare of the infamous Emergency of Mrs. Indira Gandhi was supposed to be over in 1977 when it was lifted after two years due to large scale public protest. Political parties, institutions and individuals who defended Emergency were discredited. The sigh of relief evoked a hope for a functioning democracy in India.

But today, we are entering into a similar phase of authoritarian governance without any formal declaration of Emergency. This Silent Emergency has regulated, controlled and restricted all space for democratic public protests against ruling governments. Custodial deaths and encounter killings have become a routine phenomenon. Rape, murder, loot, torture and arrests in Manipur, Nagaland and other north eastern states as well as Kashmir have even crossed the excesses of the Emergency period. Many discriminatory laws have been enacted to silence the Media without a censorship. Several discriminatory laws were enacted to enhance and strengthen the power of the State over civil society and crush dissent.

Laws to facilitate the corporate control and loot over the resources of people are being enacted. This has also become a major reason for the human rights violations against adivasis, dalits, minorities, farmers, fisher people, workers, activists and human rights movements. The human rights defenders who take up burning issues of the people are being targeted. False cases are being fabricated against activists, people’s movements, media, theatre activists, minorities, self-determination movements, dalits and adivasis in a major way. Thus thousands of innocent people are languishing in Indian jails without any trial.

In this context of the Silent Emergency in our country we would like to invite you to attend the ‘PEOPLE’S HEARING ON FABRICATED CASES’ which has the following objectives:

  1. To defend fundamental rights, human rights and the Indian Constitution to preserve our democracy
  2. To popularize some of the most brazen cases of fabrication of false charges against political dissidents and members of the Muslim, dalit and adivasi communities
  3. To facilitate further legal action for freedom of these innocent people
  4. To generate pressure on the mainstream media to play a more socially responsible role
  5. To generate pressure on the institutions of Indian State for the release of undertrials.

The Programme:

The organizers expect the participation of around 50 victims, their family members or friends whose testimonies will be heard by a jury comprising of judges, lawyers, journalists, human rights activists and artists. After listening to all the presentations the Jury will report their observations and conclusions with clear recommendations for various institutions of the Indian State. 

Organisers: Solidarity Youth Movement – Kerala, Indian Social Action Forum – INSAF, PUCL, AISA, SIO, Right to Food Campaign, KSMTF (Kerala Swathantra Matsya Tizhilali Federation), PPSS (Anti Posco Movement), ICR, Focus on the Global South, Justice for Maudany Forum, Visual Search, Moving Republic, SAHELI, Pedestrian Pictures, National Campaign Against Fabrication of False Cases, www.fabricated.in, Jamia Teachers Solidarity Assiciation, Jamia Student Solidarity Forum, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan, National Adivasi Alliance, Kabani – The Other Direction, Human Rights Alert, Dalit Human Rights Movement (DHRM) – Kerala, Forum for Democracy and Communal Amity, Action for Social Equality, INSOCO – Indian Solidarity Committee for freedom democracy & human rights, Center for Harmony and Peace – Varanasi, PUDR, Socialist Front, Student of Resistance.

People’s Hearing on Fabricated Cases

Sept 28-29 Constitution Club, New Delhi

Programme Schedule

28-09-2012, Friday –     Inaugural Session: 10am – 11.30am

11.30am – 1.30pm

  Issue Speaker
1 Koodankulam Anti Nuclear -tbc-
2 Anti POSCO Struggle Abhay Sahoo
3 Jaitapur Anti Nuclear Vaishali Patil
4 Farmers Group, Madhya Pradesh Dr. Sunilam

 LUNCH BREAK

2.30pm – 6pm

  Issue/Case Speaker
5 Journalist Mhd Ahmed Kazmi Shauzab Kazmi
6 Soni Sori Himanshu Kumar
7 Gujarat Fabricated Cases Zakiya Soman
8 Faseeh Mahmood Sabih Mahmood
9 Journalist Shahina KK Shahina KK
10 Seema Azad, UP Seema Azad
11 Jharkhand Dayamani Barla
12 Odisha Prafulla Samantara
13 Chattisgharh Ajay T.G
14 DHRM, Kerala Suresh
15 Email Surveillance Victims, Kerala T. Mohammed Vellom

 29-09-2012, Saturday

10am – 1.00pm

  Issues Speaker
16 Kashmir & North East Anjum Zamrud Habib, Babloo Loitongbam, Kaka D Iralu
17 Abdul Nasar Maudany Dr. Sebastin Pol, Omar Mukhtar

 LUNCH BREAK

2.00pm – 3.30pm

  Issues Speaker
1 Prisoners Issue SAR Geelani
2 Repressive Laws Preeti Chauhan, PUDR
3 Increasing repressive state under neoliberalism Colin Gonsalves

 3.30pm – 6.00pm

Concluding Session: Comments from the Jury

Jury:

1)                  Justice Sachar

2)                  Dr. Binayak Sen

3)                  Saba Naqvi

4)                  Ajit Shahi

5)                  Dr. Ram Puniyani

RESIST THE SILENT EMERGENCY!

 

 

About Intercultural Resources

Intercultural Resources is a forum for research and political intervention on issues related to the impacts and alternatives to destructive development. Our effort draws upon the social, cultural, material and intellectual resources that have been generated in the course of dialogues between people of different cultures on questions of social justice, development and self-rule. We are of the view that dialogue can sustain plurality and open possibilities for recovery of the ground lost on account of inter-cultural alienation, which is manifest in a variety of forms of violence that we encounter everyday at different levels of social life. Intercultural Resources is based in Delhi, India. Email: ihpindia@gmail.com

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