Category Archives: Human Rights Violations

Hindu group warns schools against Xmas celebrations in India

20 December 2017

NEWS DELHI: Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) has warned schools in Aligarh against Christmas celebrations, saying that any such function by Christian schools was “essentially a ploy to lure and convert Hindu children.”

According to India media, The Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) has warned the managing bodies of schools run by Christian NGO’s against collecting contributions from Hindu students and threatened schools against celebrating Christmas, claiming it would be “at their own risk.”

This threats instilled fear among the children, halting them to make their presence in the schools. Read more on this at: https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/258124-hindu-group-threats-schools-against-xmas-celebrations-in-india

NAPM condemns attack by Hindutva groups on Christians in Madhya Pradesh

19 December, 2017

NAPM condemns attack by Hindutva groups on Christians in Madhya Pradesh

Attack on secular fabric of Indian Constitution continuing, upsurge in religious attacks dangerous for democracy and harmony of the country

Hindutva groups targeting Christians after continuous act of hatred against Muslims

New Delhi | December 18, 2017: National Alliance of People’s Movements expresses deep shock at the unprovoked violence against Christian priests and seminarians in Satna in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on the night of December 14, 2017. A group of people hailing from Bajrang Dal attacked a group of 30 Seminarians and two Priests of St. Ephrem’s Theological College as they were conducting a routine Christmas carol singing programme which has been the practice during the Christmas season for the last 30 years.

The group came with lathis and started threatening the Priests and Seminarians. Just then they called the police, who arrived in just 15 minutes and taken all Priests and Seminarians to the police station. It is very shameful that during the celebrations, not even the police restricted them of their freedom of religious celebrations but also tortured them by putting all of them in a room which cannot accommodate even half of them. Later when other priests from nearby villages came to enquire, the police allegedly beaten them up and shamelessly acted against the spirit of constitution, leaving Bajrang Dal people untouched and free to do violence inside and outside the police station. They even torched vehicles of priests and beaten up in front of police officials which only proves their involvement in the alleged planned attack and harassment of religious minorities in the garb of prevention from religious conversions.

This is not standalone case but we are seeing this as a trend under the rule of current Government. In most of the BJP ruled states, it has seen a rise in the last three years. Only in Madhya Pradesh, a dozen of incidents happened in the past giving a strong indication of religious attacks by Hindutva groups maligning the secular fabric of the country and constitutional rights of citizens of India.

It is worrying that this incident of mobocracy occurs among a host of other incidents around the country. The video clipping of the gruesome murder of Mohammad Afrazul, a migrant worker from West Bengal who was hacked with a cleaver and then set on fire by a man in Rajasmand, Rajasthan on the suspicion of being in a relationship with a woman from another religious faith has gone viral and many Hindutva groups are being proud of the act and also unfurled the flag on Udaipur session court. Lynchings of more than 32 persons over the last two years almost all from one minority community on the suspicion of killing a cow or possessing beef is creating a fear psychosis among the minorities. These acts of Cow vigilantes do not being credit to our democratic nation with its long tradition of being the model of civilized living and harmonious existence in comparison to some other countries in neighbourhood.

The incident in Satna just a few days before Christmas is shameful and deplorable. Even worse, lynchings, mob attacks and brutal killings of innocent people with culprits often not being found or going unpunished for months are largely blots on our democracy and judiciary.

We condemn the inaction of government and connivance of police forces with the Hindutva groups in this incident. We are deeply concerned and hurt at this religious terrorism. We demand the political leadership at Centre and States to follow the rule of law, respect the Indian Constitution, and to immediately arrest and notify the groups those are continuously acting on the behest of saffron terror groups spreading hatred among different communities. Hate politics cannot take India forward and will only create divisions in the society.

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Medha Patkar, Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) and National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM)

Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey and Shankar Singh, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), National Campaign for People’s Right to Information and NAPM

Prafulla Samantara, Lok Shakti Abhiyan, and NAPM, Odisha 

P.Chennaiah, Andhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Vruthidarula Union-APVVU and National Centre For Labour and NAPM (Andhra Pradesh)

Binayak Sen and Kavita Srivastava, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

Gabriele Dietrich, Penn Urimay Iyakkam, Madurai and NAPM (Tamilnadu)

Geetha Ramakrishnan, Unorganised Sector Workers Federation, NAPM, (Tamilnadu) 

Sandeep Pandey, Socialist Party and NAPM, Uttar Pradesh

Sister Celia, Domestic Workers Union, and NAPM, Karnataka 

Maj Gen (Retd) S. G. Vombatkere, Mysuru, NAPM, Karnataka

Arundhati Dhuru, Manesh Gupta, NAPM, Uttar Pradesh 

Vilayodi Venugopal, CR Neelakandan and Prof. Kusumam NAPM, Kerala

Anand Mazgaonkar and Krishnakant, Paryavaran Suraksh Samiti, NAPM Gujarat 

Ramakrishnam Raju, United Forum for RTI and NAPM (Andhra Pradesh)

Vimal Bhai, Matu Jansangathan, NAPM, Uttarakhand 

Dayamani Barla, Aadivasi-Moolnivasi Astivtva Raksha Samiti, NAPM Jharkhand

Dr. Sunilam and Adv. Aradhna Bhargava, Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, and NAPM, Madhya Pradesh

Samar Bagchi and Amitava Mitra, NAPM West Bengal

Suniti SR, Suhas Kolhekar, and Prasad Bagwe, NAPM Maharashtra 

Kailash Meena, NAPM Rajasthan 

Gautam Bandopadhyay, NAPM, Chhattisgarh

Anjali Bharadwaj, National Campaign for People’s Right to Information and NAPM

Kaladas Dahariya, RELAA, Chhatisgarh

Meera Sanghamitra, NAPM Telangana-Andhra Pradesh

Bhupender Singh Rawat, Jan Sangharsh Vahini, NAPM, Delhi

Faisal Khan, Khudai Khidmatgar, NAPM Haryana

J S Walia, NAPM Haryana 

Lingraj Azad, Samajwadi Jan Parishad, Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti, and NAPM, Odisha

Guruwant Singh, NAPM Punjab

Richa Singh, Sangatin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan, NAPM Uttar Pradesh

Arul Doss, NAPM (Tamilnadu)

Jabar Singh, NAPM, Uttarakhand 

Sister Dorothy, NAPM Bihar

Kamayani Swami and Ashish Ranjan, Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan, and NAPM Bihar 

Mahendra Yadav, Kosi Navnirman Manch, NAPM Bihar 

Basanat Hetamsaria and Ashok Verma, NAPM Jharkhand 

Bilal Khan, Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan, Mumbai and NAPM

Rajendra Ravi, Nanhu Prasad, Madhuresh Kumar, Sunita Rani, Amit Kumar, Himshi Singh, Uma, NAPM, Delhi

Aaquib Zabed Mazumder, Rajesh Serupally, NAPM, Telangana – Andhra Pradesh 

 

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Open Letter to the President of Indonesia

H. E. Joko Widodo

President of the Republic of Indonesia

Istana Merdeka

Jakarta Pusat 10110, Indonesia

Fax: +62 21 386 4816 / +62 21 344 2233

  

Dear President Joko Widodo,

I am writing to you from the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN), a network of more than 300 civil society organisations and individuals from 28 countries committed to advancing the rights of refugees across the Asia Pacific region. 

As a network committed to refugee rights protection, APRRN urges the Indonesian Government to protect 4 Vietnamese individuals currently seeking asylum in Indonesia and being held at Jakarta’s Soekarno–Hatta International Airport.  APRRN is alarmed by reports that Indonesia immigration authorities have threatened to imminently return the Vietnamese asylum-seekers back to Vietnam against their will. 

Human rights organisations have documented increased persecution of political activists inside Vietnam over the past year.  In its 2017 report, Human Rights Watch documented attacks by thugs against activists, including beatings, threats, and intimidation.  In July, Amnesty International called for the immediate release of six members of the Brotherhood of Democracy, who were charged under Article 79 of the Vietnamese Penal Code for “carrying out activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration”, and face a prison sentence of up to 20 years or the death penalty.  In November 2017, several rights groups including Boat People SOS, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, and Civil Rights Defenders launched a campaign to free 165 prisoners of conscience in Vietnam.

Indonesia’s Presidential decree provides that those who declare themselves to be asylum seekers should be afforded protection, be allowed to access UNHCR, and should not face any threat of deportation. Indonesia is also a party to the Convention Against Torture.  Under the Convention Against Torture and customary international law, Indonesia has an obligation not to return individuals that might be subject to persecution or torture.

APRRN calls on the President to immediately halt the deportation of the 4 asylum-seekers and to cooperate fully with UNHCR to allow asylum-seekers to access refugee status determination procedures.

Yours sincerely,

Evan Jones

Programme Coordinator

Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN)

Libya slave trade sparks Pretoria protest

12 December 2017. PRETORIA – Hundreds of Johannesburg-based African Diaspora Forum (ADF) members took to the streets of the capital Pretoria, raising awareness and demanding action over the violation of the rights of African migrants who are unlawfully detained, abused and auctioned off as labourers in Libya, an act that constitutes modern-day slavery.

“We are here to express our anger and our shock, after hearing that in parts of our continent, people are being auctioned like goods. The youth, to whom we are supposed to give hope, are being destroyed in Libya. The youth there is ready to take the route of the Mediterranean [ocean]. We know that every single year, about 3,000 young people are dying in the Mediterranean [sea] because they want to reach Europe,” ADF chairperson Marc Gbaffou told journalists at the protest. Read more on this at: https://www.enca.com/africa/libya-slave-trade-sparks-pretoria-protest

Hundreds gather to protest Rajasthan killing

NEW DELHI , DECEMBER 09, 2017 23:24 IST
UPDATED: DECEMBER 09, 2017 23:24 IST

JNUSU, AISA and AICCTU demand immediate action against accused, want CM Raje to resign
Protesting against the killing of a migrant labourer from West Bengal in Rajasthan, several organisations like the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNSUSU), All India Students Association (AISA) and the All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), came together on Saturday, demanding immediate action against the accused.

Amidst heavy sloganeering against the BJP government and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), outside Bikaner House, protestors demanded the immediate resignation of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje.

Read more on this at: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/hundreds-gather-to-protest-rajasthan-killing/article21382688.ece

Courtesy: The Hindu

Updates on Coal, Energy, Land, Water and Forest: 23 May 2016

A Coal & Energy

Adani Power shuts 2,640-mw units at Tiroda plant in Maharashtra: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2016-05-16/news/73126367_1_acute-water-shortage-4-units-adani-power-ltd
सासन प्रोजेक्ट को चीन और अमेरिकी बैंकों से फायनेंस की इजाजत नहीं http://epaper.bhaskar.com/detail/?id=1000684&boxid=5173711763&view=text&editioncode=180&pagedate=05/17/2016&pageno=1&map=map&ch=mpcg
3 engineers killed, 24 others injured in Moser Bear’s boiler blast: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/3-engineers-killed-24-others-injured-in-Moser-Bears-boiler-blast/articleshow/52303879.cms
Another Village In Odisha Rejects Mining: http://www.countercurrents.org/pr040516.htm
What Paris agreement on climate change means for India: http://www.dailyo.in/politics/cop-21-paris-agreement-unfcc-climate-change-sustainable-living-kyoto-protocol/story/1/10749.html
Arunachal’s unfinished Lower Subansiri dam could be tomb for India’s giant hydropower projects: http://scroll.in/article/718809/arunachals-unfinished-lower-subansiri-dam-could-be-tomb-for-indias-giant-hydropower-projects
हिंडाल्को कम्पनी को जमीन देने के लिए चलाया आदिवासी बस्ती पर बुलडोज़र : डॉ लखन सिंह: http://www.januday.com/NewsDetail.aspx?Article=7349
Electric Companies Duping Indian Consumers: DRI Investigates a 29,000 Crores Rupees Scam: https://sabrangindia.in/article/electric-companies-duping-indian-consumers-dri-investigates-29000-crores-rupees-scam
Panel recommends forest clearance to SCCL’s coal project in AP: http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/panel-recommends-forest-clearance-to-sccl-s-coal-project-in-ap-116052200102_1.html

B.IFIs

China Launches Asia Investment Bank with 2 Silk Road Projects: http://www.voanews.com/content/china-launches-asia-investment-bank-with-two-silk-road-projects-/3338589.html
AIIB looks for Russia financing: http://en.prothom-alo.com/economy/news/105207/AIIB-looks-for-Russia-financing
China-led AIIB to co-finance first Indonesia project : http://www.gulf-times.com/story/494013/China-led-AIIB-to-co-finance-first-Indonesia-proje
Asian Development Bank (ADB) that will act as the lead financier for the project in Pakistan M4 highway: http://pakobserver.net/2016/05/22/asian-bank-to-finance-projects/
India a beacon for foreign investment: Jaitley: http://www.domain-b.com/economy/general/20160521_jaitley.html#sthash.BZphxIjt.N739mjbz.dpuf
US Senate Nominates Indian-American Swati Dandekar As Asian Development Bank Director: http://www.theindianpanorama.news/indians-abroad/us-senate-nominates-indian-american-swati-dandekar-asian-development-bank-director/
5 Major Banks Rigged US$9trn Bond Market: Lawsuit: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/5-Major-Banks-Rigged-US9trn-Bond-Market-Lawsuit-20160520-0004.html
Putin hails AIIB as complement to int’l financial structure: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-05/19/c_135369920.htm
PNB tops list of worst losses in Indian banking history: http://www.livemint.com/Industry/nyp8yAz9fEXYdkcstG4CEP/PNB-tops-list-of-worst-losses-in-Indian-banking-history.html?%3F
How to kill a bank in India: http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/EZfzm1RzenHu7xURxgJDoM/How-to-kill-a-bank-in-India.html
World Bank offers $625m loan to boost India’s rooftop solar PV capacity: http://solar.energy-business-review.com/news/world-bank-offers-625m-loan-to-boost-indias-rooftop-solar-pv-capacity-160516-4893781
India will need to find new mechanism for financing smart city projects: http://news.webindia123.com/news/Articles/India/20160519/2864265.htm

NAPM Strongly condemns the murder of Prof. MM Kalburgi

ANOTHER BLOW TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY OF THE COUNTRY – RELIGIOUS OUTFITS SHUNTING THE DOORS OF SECULARISM IN INDIA

National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) strongly condemns the murder of senior rationalist scholar Prof. M M Kalburgi and demands Govt. to order a probe into the matter immediately

August 31, 2015, New Delhi : Prof. M. M. Kalburgi hailing from Dharwad, Karnataka, a renowned rationalist scholar and former Vice-Chancellor of Hampi University, Karnataka, was shot dead on 30th August 2015 by unidentified gunmen at his residence, at point blank range. The murderers escaped on a motorcycle. The National Alliance of People’s Movements strongly condemns the murder, which is suspected to be yet another attempt of right wing extremists to kill persons with rationalist views.

Earlier, leading rationalist and anti-superstition activist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar was murdered in Pune on 20th August 2013, and left leader and outspoken critic of Hindutva, Shri Govind Pansare was murdered in Kolhapur on 20th February 2015. This latest foul murder of Prof. M. M. Kalburgi, along with the earlier two murders, is suspected to have been committed by right wing religious extremists.

With a BJP government at the Centre providing tacit support, right wing Hindutva elements are emboldened and are increasingly coming out openly against persons who are merely critical of Hinduism. They are intolerant of persons who differ from them, and deliberately get “hurt feelings” or “hurt sentiments” at the slightest excuse. They choose to interpret even mere discussions, debates and statements about Hindu practices and rituals as an insult to Hinduism, and resort to threatening and attacking speakers and writers. They have also been indulging in “moral policing” accompanied by violence. If this trend is not immediately checked and turned back, the people of India will lose their freedom of speech and association, and India’s secular democracy will turn into fascism.

So far, despite considerable popular uproar regarding the premeditated killings, the police has been unwilling or unable to make arrests in both Dabholkar and Pansare murder cases, which took place in broad daylight, just like the murder of Kalburgi. What is common to all three premeditated murders is that the victims had all been repeatedly threatened by right wing extremists due to their rationalist views and opposition to obscurantist beliefs.

Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Shri Ram Sene have staged statewide protests against their views and are suspected to be responsible for the killings. Co-convenor of the Bajrang Dal’s Bantwal (Karnataka) cell, Bhuvith Shetty, showing his extremism towards religious freedom and independent views, is openly celebrating the murder with a tweet, which states: “Then it was U.R.Ananthamurthy and now M.M.Kalburgi. Mock Hinduism and die dogs (sic.) death. And dear K. S. Bhagwan you are next”. This is naked terrorism by a religious extremist, which government must urgently deal with in accordance with the law.

The Constitution of India guarantees liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship to all citizens, and prescribes development of scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform as every citizen’s fundamental duty. The words and actions of these fundamentalist terror groups goes directly against the spirit of the Constitution. But governments have been lackadaisical, perhaps even deliberately so, in investigating these crimes and reining in the groups which have been issuing veiled as well as naked threats (like the tweet above) to persons who are rationalist in thought and belief.

The rise of religious fundamentalism is bringing the democracy and secularism of India into serious question, and may permanently and irreversibly destabilize the Republic. It is high time for government to declare these religious outfits as terror groups and take necessary actions against them. Without such stern and rapid action, we may soon witness situations like those happening in Bangladesh, where Islamic fundamentalists are killing rationalist bloggers.

The National Alliance of People’s Movements, therefore demands that

1) CBI must thoroughly investigate the murders of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M.M.Kalburgi with a sense of urgency, arrest the suspected murderers and the guiding forces behind them, and ensure that sufficient hard evidence is made available to the public prosecutor to secure conviction.

2) Prime Minister Narendra Modi must unequivocally declare his stand as well as the union government’s stand regarding all the three premeditated murders, and institute procedures to deal with such acts of terrorism.

3) Terrorist outfits regardless of the religion to which they belong or claim to support, must be declared as “terror groups” since, in direct contravention of the country’s democracy and secularism, they openly violate the freedom of speech by threatening and even eliminating persons who express different views.

Medha Patkar – Narmada Bachao Andolan and the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM); Prafulla Samantara – Lok Shakti Abhiyan & Lingraj Azad – Samajwadi Jan Parishad – Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti, NAPM, Odisha; Dr. Sunilam, Aradhna Bhargava – Kisan Sangharsh Samiti & Meera – Narmada Bachao Andolan, NAPM, MP; Suniti SR, Suhas Kolhekar, Prasad Bagwe – NAPM, Maharashtra; Gabriele Dietrich, Geetha Ramakrishnan – Unorganised Sector Workers Federation, NAPM, TN; C R Neelkandan – NAPM Kerala; P Chennaiah & Ramakrishnam Raju – NAPM Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Sandeep Pandey, Arundhati Dhuru, Richa Singh, Nandlal Master – NAPM, UP; Sister Celia – Domestic Workers Union & Rukmini V P, Garment Labour Union, NAPM, Karnataka; Vimal Bhai – Matu Jan sangathan & Jabar Singh, NAPM, Uttarakhand; Anand Mazgaonkar, Krishnakant – Paryavaran Suraksh Samiti, NAPM Gujarat; Kamayani Swami, Ashish Ranjan – Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan & Mahendra Yadav – Kosi Navnirman Manch, NAPM Bihar; Faisal Khan, Khudai Khidmatgar, J S Walia, NAPM Haryana; Kailash Meena, NAPM Rajasthan; Amitava Mitra & Sujato Bhadra, NAPM West Bengal; Bhupender Singh Rawat – Jan Sangharsh Vahini & Rajendra Ravi, Madhuresh Kumar and Shabnam – NAPM, Delhi

Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan demands immediate release of Com. Roma and Com. Sokalo

BHOOMI ADHIKAR ANDOLAN    

PRESS STATEMENT

  2nd JULY, 2015                   

Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan demands immediate release of Com. Roma and Com. Sokalo

Stop police crackdown on people’s peaceful and democratic struggle for their rights!

Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan strongly condemns the arrest of activists Roma, General Secretary of All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP), and Sokalo, Adivasi leader of AIUFWP. They were arrested unjustifiably from Robertsganj, Sonbhadra District, Uttar Pradesh on June 30, 2015 early morning. While many other activists who were arrested were later discharged, Comrade Roma and Comrade Sokalo have been sent to Mirzapur jail. The arrests are clearly a planned tactic by the administration to crush people’s struggle for their rights. It needs to be noted that the arrests were done right before the people’s rally to protest against forcible land acquisition was to take place in Robertganj. However,  despite crackdown by the administration and police, the rally was a huge success and saw participation of more than 5,000 farmers, adivasis, dalits and concerned citizens who showed the power of people and resolute to carry on the struggle.

During the last few months, AIUFWP has been organising various mobilisations and protests as part of Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan to challenge the Corporate loot of natural resources and the corrupt nexus between Government-Corporate and the police. It has been holding mass rallies and grassroots programme against the anti-people Land Acquisition Ordinance.  People of Sonbhadra have been facing continued repression in the form of open firing at peaceful protesters at Kanhar dam site on Ambedkar Jayanti as well as constant harassment of leaders and activists. On one hand the CM of UP assured people’s organisations that they would try to “minimize conflict” in the area, and on the other hand, they openly target the people’s movements and arrest its leaders. We condemn this double-talk by the Government and urge them to intervene with fair and just approach.

The Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan demands:

  • Com.Roma and Com.Sokalo be released at the earliest and all the charges be withdrawn immediately. Action should be taken against the officials for their unwarranted and unjustified action.

  • We also demand that the grievances of the people be solved and their rights be ensured.

Vijoo,             Sanjeev,                 Shabnam,           Satyam

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Thousands made homeless amidst PM Modi’s promise of ‘Housing For All’

Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan

Press Invite

Thousands made homeless amidst PM Modi’s promise of ‘Housing For All’

Those struggling for Housing Right were Manhandled

Slum of Mandala (located in Mankhurd Mumbai) was demolished in 2004/05 demolition drive evicting 5000 families without any rehabilitation plan. Social activist Medha Patkar stood with them in their struggle for housing right and launched Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan. Through their intense struggle they were able convince the governments to their demands and received various assurance but none of them have been materialized till date.

They spent more than a decade living with assurance facing brutal eviction twice.

Mandala evictees realized that they have been betrayed all these years and hence decided to return to their land where they were evicted from. On 26th of May, 2015 they launched Awas Haq Satyagrah under the aegis of
Ghar Bahao Ghar Banao Andolan
led by Medha Patkar and resolute to stay put there until they are given housing right. They had previously submitted a proposal of rehabilitating 3200 families under Rajiv Awas Yojna, assurance given that Mandala be made the pilot project of the RAY. Surveys of houses was necessary in order to provide houses to all as per the proposal but in the absence of house structure survey could not be done. Also the RAY was discontinued by the new government at centre. On 19th June, during heavy rains, Mandala evictees who were asserting for housing right since last 25 days by taking leave from their work decided to erect houses structure on the Mandala land and continue with their struggle. Their demand was that their newly built houses should be surveyed and given housing right as per the new housing policy which would replace RAY. They would vacate the land as soon as they were given housing right. Government termed them as encroachers and disrespect their struggle for housing right.

Yesterday when thousands were peacefully asserting their housing right through Awas Haq Satyagrah at Mandala, the Police and MMRDA official surprisingly entered Mandala with JCBs without giving any prior notice risking life of thousands of evictees present there. All the newly built houses were mercilessly demolished. Finally the police entered the pandal under which the Satyagrahis were sitting and peacefully protesting. Police first assured that they would not do any harm to the pandal and the Satyagrahis , the Tehsildar present promised to organize a meeting with the Collector, soon after all these promises, the police suddenly entered in and started dragging the basti leaders, all those who protested were manhandled.  Hundreds of them got arrested voluntarily but were released in the evening after receiving notice under section 149.

Such is the story in the age of PM’s campaign of ‘House for All’. It is in this context, all those who succumbed to injuries would provide testimonies of the brutality they had gone through yesterday and would also explain that why they be given housing right.

Hence, we request you to be present in the Press Conference being held at Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh at 3.30pm today.

Venue: Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh,

Mahapalika Marg, Azad Maidan, Fort,

Mumbai-01

Time: 3.30pm

Contact: 09958660556 | 9820636335 | 9029492721

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Arrest of Adv. Roma and Sokalo Gond is a condemnable attempt to crush democratic struggles

Arrest of Adv. Roma and Sokalo Gond is a condemnable attempt to crush democratic struggles

Immediately release the activists and accept the demands of struggling people of Sonbhadra, UP

 New Delhi: 30th June, 2015: National Alliance of People’s Movements expresses its outrage at the arrest of senior activist and advocate, Roma Malik, Sokalo Gond, and other women activists of the All Indian Union of Forest Working People from the organization’s office in Robertsgunj today morning by the police. We are shocked and amazed at the attempts by the UP administration to repeatedly arrest activists and the struggling people for asserting their constitutional rights and protecting the environment.

 While the memory of ruthless repression where the police open fired at the peaceful protesters at Kanhar Dam on Ambedkar Jayanti is still fresh, this attempt to crush the voice of dissent comes in the wake of the planned people’s rally against land acquisition and loot of natural resources that was to take place tomorrow in Robertsgunj is unjustifiable and unacceptable. The right to peaceful protest is part of the fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution of India and no government can take away or infringe upon this sacred right. It needs to be noted that in numerous instances in the past the higher courts have repeatedly come down on the authorities for trying to muzzle protests through fabricated cases and arrests.

 We also wish to remind the UP government that some of  met the CM at the CM House in the last week of April, in the wake of the brutal police firings at adivasis and dalits in the Kanhar dam-affected area. The Order of the NGT as well clearly establishes the illegality in the entire process. The CM had assured us that he take note of all the demands in our memorandum and ensure that the conflict is resolved through dialogue with the people and Gram Sabhas. Is this how the Government seeks to resolve conflict? Are these arrests really necessary and lawful?  Such actions will only intensify the conflict and lead to further tensions in the area.

 We hope that the UP Government will take serious note of the national discontent against the arrest of senior activists of the AIUFWP and direct the district administration to drop all chargers and release the arrested activists and villagers. We convey our deep disdain for the approach of the UP government to openly harass and target activists who are engaged with the people’s issues on the ground and are raising important questions of land, natural resources and equality and democracy. We wish to remind the government and the administration that peaceful and democratic struggle of the adivasi and dalit communities, led by the women of Sonbhadra, is their constitutional right and we stand in full solidarity with them.

It would be disgraceful if administration tries to resort to such means to silence democratic voices. The rally, which was announced many days ago and is a matter of public knowledge cannot and should not be stopped by such means, we urge. National Alliance of People’s Movements demands immediate release of Adv. Roma and Sokalo Gond. We also urge the government to redress the grievances of the struggling people and accept their demands urgently.

Medha Patkar – Narmada Bachao Andolan and the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM); Prafulla Samantara – Lok Shakti Abhiyan & Lingraj Azad –Samajwadi Janparishad, NAPM, Odisha; Dr. Sunilam, Aradhna Bhargava – Kisan Sangharsh Samiti &Meera – Narmada Bachao Andolan, NAPM, MP; Suniti SR, Suhas Kolhekar, Prasad Bagwe – NAPM, Maharashtra; Gabriele Dietrich, Geetha Ramakrishnan – Unorganised Sector Workers Federation, NAPM, TN; 

C R Neelkandan – NAPM Kerala; P Chennaiah &Ramakrishnan Raju – NAPM Andhra Pradesh, Arundhati Dhuru & Richa Singh –Sangtin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan, NAPM, UP;Sudhir Vombatkere, Sister Celia – Domestic Workers Union &Rukmini V P, Garment Labour Union, NAPM, Karnataka; Vimal Bhai – Matu Jan sangathan & Jabar Singh, NAPM, Uttarakhand; Anand Mazgaonkar, Krishnakant – Paryavaran Suraksh Samiti, NAPM Gujarat; Kamayani Swami, Ashish Ranjan – Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan & Mahendra Yadav – Kosi Navnirman Manch, NAPM Bihar; Faisal Khan, Khudai Khidmatgar, NAPM Haryana; Kailash Meena, NAPM Rajasthan; Amitava Mitra & Sujato Bhadra, NAPM West Bengal; B S Rawat – Jan Sangharsh Vahini &Rajendra Ravi, Madhuresh Kumar, Kanika and Shabnam Shaikh– NAPM, Delhi