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Justice for slain Environment Activist Tapan Datta (An appeal for support)

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Appeal from Sabyasachi Chatterjee, Advocate, Calcutta High Court.
 
Tapan Datta, a well know environmental activist and a political personality from West Bengal, was killed on May 6, 2011. All the accused in the case were acquitted by the court. However, after a lot of struggle since 2012, a division bench of Calcutta High Court has recently ordered a retrial and initiated a CBI inquiry.
The accused parties are approaching the Supreme Court repeatedly to frustrate the hearing before the High Court. Advocate Sabyasachi Chatterjee appeals to the pubic & the media in West Bengal to lend support and ensure justice prevails in the case.

Share the appeal or write to Advocate Sabyasachi at sabyasachi1985@gmail.com to know more about the case.

 

Report on National Consultation on Media Freedom & Law

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The idea of this meeting was conceived quite some time back when the Human Rights Law Network did a series of meetings around the country on attacks on journalists 3 years ago. We found that journalists were coming under serious attack—physical assaults, threats, and so on—everywhere in the country. Many journalists have even been killed for their efforts.Journalists are languishing in jail, awaiting judgment on their cases that have been ongoing for 7, 8, or even 9 years. And when you meet the families of the journalists, you find that they are very alone.

With this context in mind, the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) is trying to build a network of working journalists across India. Journalists have a major role to play in the proper functioning of our democratic setup. The power of the pen, therefore, must not be subsumed. It is our job as lawyers, activists, and media persons, to ensure that this does not happen.

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DU professor G N Saibaba granted bail for three months by the Bombay High Court

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Nagpur: Delhi University professor G N Saibaba, jailed for alleged Maoist links, was on Tuesday granted bail for three months by the Bombay High Court on health ground. Saibaba has been in jail since his arrest in May 2014 by the Maharashtra Police from the Delhi University campus.

Saying that it will be failing in its duty in protecting the fundamental rights of Saibaba, the Bombay High Court granted him bail to undergo medical treatment for his failing health condition.

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Human Rights Defender assaulted, falsely arraigned and arrested

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Sri Krishna Kumar Chatterjee, human rights defender, associated with Human Rights Law Network in South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, was attacked by miscreants who wanted to avenge Sri Chatterjee for helping a person in defending his rights from these miscreants. Krishna Kumar Chatterjee was brutally assaulted and needed to be rescued by the officers of the Bhangore Police Station from a local club where he had been forcefully detained. However, after such rescue the police did not arrange for his medical treatment or arrest the miscreants, the police instead arraigned Krishna Kumar Chatterjee in a criminal proceeding and detained him at the police station. Amongst other offences, Sri Chatterjee was implicated under Sections 3 and 5 of the Explosive Substances Act for allegedly carrying “Bombs”.

On the other hand, there has been no step taken by the police on the basis of the letter of complaint submitted to the same police station narrating the incidents on behalf of Sri Chatterjee.

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A Landmark Judgment in Salwa Judum Case

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Writ Petition (CIVIL) NO. 250 OF 2007

Nandini Sundar & Ors. Versus State of Chhattisgarh.

The Petitioner has filed a writ petition who is a Dr. Nandini Sunder, a professor of Sociology at Delhi School of Economics, along with others. The petitioners have alleged, inter-alia, widespread violation of human rights of people of Dantewada District, and its neighboring areas in the State of Chhattisgarh, on account of the ongoing armed Maoist/Naxalite insurgency, and the counter-insurgency offensives launched by the Government of Chattisgarh. In this regard, it was also alleged that the State of Chattisgarh was actively promoting the activities of a group called “Salwa Judum”, which was in fact an armed civilian vigilante group, thereby further exacerbating the ongoing struggle, and was leading to further widespread violation of human rights.

State government supported and formed a militia called Salwa Judum in 2005 which was declared anti-constitutional by Supreme Court in 2011. This militia has burned down more than 650 tribal villages and emptied them out.

  • More than 350000 Tribals were forced to displace by same militia.
  • Large scale mass killings took place during attacks on tribal population by this militia.
  • Large numbers of rapes were committed by militia and security forces.
  • State government provides impunity to the members of the militia and other forces.
  • Tribals find no forum which could redress their grievances.
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