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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Invitation to a ‘PEOPLE’S HEARING ON FABRICATED CASES, 28-29, Friday and Saturday, Constitution Club, New Delhi

RESIST THE SILENT EMERGENCY!

People's Hearing on Fabricated Cases

Sept 28-29 Constitution Club, New Delhi


Dear Friends,


Sub: Invitation to a 'PEOPLE'S HEARING ON FABRICATED CASES'

Venue: Constitution Club, New Delhi

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



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:


  • To defend fundamental rights, human rights and the Indian Constitution to preserve our democracy
  • 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
  • To facilitate further legal action for freedom of these innocent people
  • To generate pressure on the mainstream media to play a more socially responsible role
  • 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, Bharathiya Muslim Mahila Antholan, 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

Introduction by Ajith Sahi

Presided By: Ram Puniyani

11.30am – 1.30pm


Issue

Speaker

1

Koodankulam Anti Nuclear


2

Anti POSCO Struggle

Abhay Sahoo

3

Jaitapur Anti Nuclear

Vaishali Patil

4

Farmers Group, MadhyaPradesh

Dr. Sunilam

LUNCH BREAK

2.30pm – 6pm


Issue/Case

Speaker

5

Journalist Mhd Ahmed Kazmi

His Son / Mehtab Alam

6

Soni Sori

Amar Kanwar / SAHELI

7

Gujrat Fabricated Cases

Zakiya Soman

8

Faseeh Mahmood

His Brother and Manisha Sethi

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

Sanjay Kak, Babloo Loitongbam, Kaka D Iralu

17

Abdul Nasar Maudany

Dr. Sebastin Pol ex-MP, 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

Jury:

  1. Justice Sachar

  2. Dr. Binayak Sen

  3. Saba Naqvi

  4. K Satchidanadan

  5. tbc -Praful Bidwai, Rahul Ram, Kamal M Chenoy, Manimala, Teesta Setlvad.

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