Crackdown on Activists in Central India Continues

Thanks to your work, Indian indigenous (adivasi) human rights activist Kopa Kunjam was released in early October. Mr. Kunjam had been in jail since December of 2009 for his peaceful activism on behalf of adivasis affected by the conflict between Maoist insurgents and the state government of Chhattisgarh, India.

While we’re thankful for Mr. Kunjam’s release, other non-violent activists continue to be jailed in Chhattisgarh for criticizing the state government, Dr. Binayak Sen being the best known.  The latest arrests include human rights activist Soni Sodi and her nephew, journalist Lingaram Kodopi, outspoken critics of human rights abuses in the region who were arrested on false charges by the Chhattisgarh government.

You can act now to demand their immediate and unconditional release and ensure that other activists in Chhattisgarh are free to work without fear.

The human rights situation in Chhattisgarh remains dire. Hundreds of thousands of villagers have been displaced by the on-going conflict between Maoists and Chhattisgarh security forces and massive development projects. Killings and rapes take place with impunity.

Other adivasi activists remain imprisoned in Chhattisgarh, including Kartam Joga. You can demand his release as well. Let authorities in Chhattisgarh know that the world is watching and to stop the crackdown on human rights.

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8 thoughts on “Crackdown on Activists in Central India Continues

  1. To
    The Hon'ble Chairperson
    National Human Rights Commission
    New Delhi

    Sir,

    Most humbly this is to bring to the notice of your Hon’ble Commission
    that we have gone through a report about the killing of a Nun Activist
    who spearheaded an Anti-Displacement movement which is published in
    Times of India dated 17th November, 2011 at page1 in its kolkata
    edition, a copy of which is enclosed herewith for your commission"s
    kind perusal.

    we urge before your commission for a prompt and effective action by it.

    So, therefore, it is very humbly prayed before your commission that
    your commission may very graciously be pleased to pass the following
    order/s:

    I. directing its(NHRC) own Investigating Cell to
    submit a detailed report of the case after the investigation ;

    II. directing the concerned government to ensure the
    prevention of the murder of the Human Rights Defender for their
    legitimate work for Human Rights;

    III. directing the concerned authority to pay such
    suitable amount of interim and permanent compensation as your
    commission may deem fit and proper to the victim's family members;

    III. recomending the concerned government to enact a
    legislation according to the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders
    for ensuring full protection of the HRDs for their legitimate work.

    I shall be grateful for a line in RESPONSE.

    Sincerely

    Mr. Amitra Sudan Chakrabortty
    B.Com(Hons0, LL.M., Ph.D(pursuing)
    Managing Trustee
    MANAB
    A Human Rights Organization http://www.manam.webs.com

  2. Dear Sir/Madam,

    we are deeply concerned about the situation of Human Rights Defenders and we fighting for a conducive environment for carrying out their activities without fear and favour.

    Sincerely

    Mr. Amitra Sudan Chakrabortty
    B.Com(Hons0, LL.M., Ph.D(pursuing)
    Managing Trustee
    MANAB
    A Human Rights Organization
    asansol, West Bengal
    India http://www.manam.webs.com

  3. To
    The Hon'ble Chairperson
    National Human Rights Commission
    New Delhi

    Sir,

    Most humbly this is to bring to the notice of your Hon’ble Commission
    that we have gone through a report about the killing of a Nun Activist
    who spearheaded an Anti-Displacement movement which is published in
    Times of India dated 17th November, 2011 at page1 in its kolkata
    edition, a copy of which is enclosed herewith for your commission"s
    kind perusal.

    we urge before your commission for a prompt and effective action by it.

    So, therefore, it is very humbly prayed before your commission that
    your commission may very graciously be pleased to pass the following
    order/s:

    I. directing its(NHRC) own Investigating Cell to
    submit a detailed report of the case after the investigation ;

    II. directing the concerned government to ensure the
    prevention of the murder of the Human Rights Defender for their
    legitimate work for Human Rights;

    III. directing the concerned authority to pay such
    suitable amount of interim and permanent compensation as your
    commission may deem fit and proper to the victim's family members;

    III. recomending the concerned government to enact a
    legislation according to the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders
    for ensuring full protection of the HRDs for their legitimate work.

    I shall be grateful for a line in RESPONSE.

    Sincerely

    Mr. Amitra Sudan Chakrabortty
    B.Com(Hons0, LL.M., Ph.D(pursuing)
    Managing Trustee
    MANAB
    A Human Rights Organization http://www.manam.webs.com

  4. To
    The Hon'ble Chairperson
    National Human Rights Commission
    New Delhi

    Sir,

    Most humbly this is to bring to the notice of your Hon’ble Commission
    that we have gone through a report about the killing of a Nun Activist
    who spearheaded an Anti-Displacement movement which is published in
    Times of India dated 17th November, 2011 at page1 in its kolkata
    edition, a copy of which is enclosed herewith for your commission"s
    kind perusal.

    we urge before your commission for a prompt and effective action by it.

    So, therefore, it is very humbly prayed before your commission that
    your commission may very graciously be pleased to pass the following
    order/s:

    I. directing its(NHRC) own Investigating Cell to
    submit a detailed report of the case after the investigation ;

    II. directing the concerned government to ensure the
    prevention of the murder of the Human Rights Defender for their
    legitimate work for Human Rights;

    III. directing the concerned authority to pay such
    suitable amount of interim and permanent compensation as your
    commission may deem fit and proper to the victim's family members;

    III. recomending the concerned government to enact a
    legislation according to the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders
    for ensuring full protection of the HRDs for their legitimate work.

    I shall be grateful for a line in RESPONSE.

    Sincerely

    Mr. Amitra Sudan Chakrabortty
    B.Com(Hons0, LL.M., Ph.D(pursuing)
    Managing Trustee
    MANAB
    A Human Rights Organization http://www.manam.webs.com

  5. Dear Sir/Madam,

    we are deeply concerned about the situation of Human Rights Defenders and we fighting for a conducive environment for carrying out their activities without fear and favour.

    Sincerely

    Mr. Amitra Sudan Chakrabortty
    B.Com(Hons0, LL.M., Ph.D(pursuing)
    Managing Trustee
    MANAB
    A Human Rights Organization
    asansol, West Bengal
    India http://www.manam.webs.com

  6. Dear Sir/Madam,

    we are deeply concerned about the situation of Human Rights Defenders and we fighting for a conducive environment for carrying out their activities without fear and favour.

    Sincerely

    Mr. Amitra Sudan Chakrabortty
    B.Com(Hons0, LL.M., Ph.D(pursuing)
    Managing Trustee
    MANAB
    A Human Rights Organization
    asansol, West Bengal
    India http://www.manam.webs.com

  7. To
    The Hon’ble Chairperson
    National Human Rights Commission
    New Delhi

    Sir,

    Most humbly this is to bring to the notice of your Hon’ble Commission
    that we have gone through a report about the killing of a Nun Activist
    who spearheaded an Anti-Displacement movement which is published in
    Times of India dated 17th November, 2011 at page1 in its kolkata
    edition, a copy of which is enclosed herewith for your commission”s
    kind perusal.

    we urge before your commission for a prompt and effective action by it.

    So, therefore, it is very humbly prayed before your commission that
    your commission may very graciously be pleased to pass the following
    order/s:

    I. directing its(NHRC) own Investigating Cell to
    submit a detailed report of the case after the investigation ;

    II. directing the concerned government to ensure the
    prevention of the murder of the Human Rights Defender for their
    legitimate work for Human Rights;

    III. directing the concerned authority to pay such
    suitable amount of interim and permanent compensation as your
    commission may deem fit and proper to the victim’s family members;

    III. recomending the concerned government to enact a
    legislation according to the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders
    for ensuring full protection of the HRDs for their legitimate work.

    I shall be grateful for a line in RESPONSE.

    Sincerely

    Mr. Amitra Sudan Chakrabortty
    B.Com(Hons0, LL.M., Ph.D(pursuing)
    Managing Trustee
    MANAB
    A Human Rights Organization
    http://www.manam.webs.com

  8. Dear Sir/Madam,

    we are deeply concerned about the situation of Human Rights Defenders and we fighting for a conducive environment for carrying out their activities without fear and favour.

    Sincerely

    Mr. Amitra Sudan Chakrabortty
    B.Com(Hons0, LL.M., Ph.D(pursuing)
    Managing Trustee
    MANAB
    A Human Rights Organization
    asansol, West Bengal
    India
    http://www.manam.webs.com