Daily Archives: 24/06/2018

China/USA: Second Hong Kong film on mainland China’s ‘709’ human rights crackdown shows lives of families seeking asylum in US

June 24, 2018

Documentary produced by two local journalists marks third anniversary of July 9 round-up in 2015 that involved more than 300 people

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On a late summer night in 2017, a Chinese asylum seeker sat alone on the stairs of her home in California, battling insomnia and depression, thinking to herself that perhaps her troubles would end if she died in a car crash.

But Jin Bianling – the wife of human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong, who has been jailed in Henan, mainland China, following the so-called 709 crackdown – has not given up on making speeches and giving testimony in the United States to seek help for her husband.

Jin’s plight and thoughts, along with other untold stories of how several “709 wives” escaped China with their young children to seek asylum in the US, are documented in a film produced by two independent Hong Kong journalists to mark the third anniversary of the crackdown in July 9, 2015.

More than 300 human rights lawyers, activists and their family members have been arrested, detained, prosecuted or imprisoned over the past three years.

Jiang was convicted and jailed for two years for “inciting subversion of state power” in 2017 – nine months after he was secretly arrested.

Titled 709 The Other Shore, the two-hour documentary, to be released in July, is the second one on the subject produced by Lo King-wah and Kong King-chu, who spent three years interviewing and filming more than 20 individuals caught in the crackdown.


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USA: Black Woman Arrested In Metal Makeup Box Attack on NYC Lawyer, But Critics Are Skeptical

June 22, 2018

A woman has been arrested in connection to a brutal attack that left a New York City lawyer’s face battered and bruised. Police say they’re now investigating the case as a possible hate crime.

Cops charged 37-year-old Amy Bell of Brooklyn on Wednesday with assault, aggravated harassment and harassment after they say she bashed a local civil rights lawyer in the face with a metal makeup box three weeks ago, NBC 4 New York reported. Bell allegedly mentioned the victim’s race during the incident.

“It’s the worst pain you ever felt in your face,” the lawyer, who asked to remain unnamed, told the station of the May 31 attack. “You just don’t know what you look like. My eye was bloody, totally shut.”

The victim, who works on behalf of children, families and immigrants, said she was walking back to work around noon that day when she first noticed her would-be attacker. She said she saw the suspect suddenly reach her arm back but figured she was just dancing. The woman was actually winding up to hit her, however.

” … The woman who hit me said, ‘White b—-,’ and was laughing that she hurt me,” she recalled. “I felt like I was going to pass out but I tried not to. And I went over to the first person I saw and said, ‘Do I have teeth in my mouth?’ ”



India: Video: Why Maoist letters found on arrested activists in the Bhima Koregaon case seem to be fake

June 24, 2018

Despite announcing it to the media, the Pune Police have not included the letters in their submissions to the Pune Sessions Court.












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Citizens’ Solidarity with Voices of Democracy

We condemn the arrest of five human rights activists, professors and lawyers in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon clashes early this year. The alarming arrest of Advocate and General Secretary of Indian Association of Peoples’ Lawyers (IAPL) Surendra Gadling, Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) Public Relations Secretary Rona Wilson, Head of English Department Professor Shoma Sen of Nagpur University and member of Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), cultural activist and founder of Republican Panthers Jaatiya Antachi Chalwal Sudhir Dhawale and anti-displacement activist and Prime Ministers Rural Development Fellow (PMRDF) Mahesh Raut is a clear manifestation of state terror to crush the voices of dissent in this country. The intemperate use of sections of the IPC and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) on all five reveals legal over-reach and exposes the desperation to foist extraordinary and excessive charges on all five to ensure they remain in the clutches of the Fadnavis-Maharashtra government. All the arrested have consistently worked for the assertion of oppressed and marginalised communities against majoritarian forces, spoken out against Brahmanical patriarchy, upheld peoples’ rights to land, life and dignity, and have strived for the release of political prisoners. Today, after standing for the assertion of dalits, adivasis, Muslims, women, workers, farmers, marginalised sexualities, and oppressed communities, upholding the principles of democracy, and, consequently, being a thorn in the side of a vengeful police force, they are under the custody of impunity. Meanwhile, the perpetrators of violence during the Bhima-Koregaon clashes enjoy the protection of the state, patronage of the RSS and walk free. Now, with concerted efforts to implicate the arrested, egregious narratives of plots of assassinations is being weaved to defame and keep them in jail. These retributive actions are intended to threaten anyone who speaks out for them and drive a wedge between all struggles for peoples’ rights. In the last few years, wherever people have asserted their rights, the political establishment has clamped down on them with brutal force – be it in Saharanpur or Una, Bhima-Koregaon or Thoothkudi. The assault on the democratic fabric of this country, through the abuse of the legal and judicial process, the stage-managing of media for public trials, and deliberate efforts to build a climate of fear is blatant and pervasive. Today, more so than ever, it is crucial to reiterate unity in the face of divisive majoritarian politics that uses structural hierarchies to violently suppress different sections of people and communities. We strongly condemn the arrests of these voices of democracy, demand the immediate and unconditional release of all five human rights activists, professors and lawyers and stand united in our opposition to the onslaught of Brahmanical Hindutva fascism.

In Solidarity,


1. Abha Dev Habib, Miranda House, University of Delhi
2. Achin Vanaik, Retired Professor, International Relations and Global Politics, University of Delhi
3. Adil Jussawalla, poet, magazine editor and translator
4. AK Ramakrishnan, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
5. Alok Rai, former faculty, Department of English, University of Delhi and writer and translator
6. Amit Bhaduri, Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
7. Amit Bhattacharyya, Professor, Jadavpur University and Secretary General, Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP)
8. Anand Patwardhan, filmmaker
9. Anand Teltumbde, writer and General Secretary, Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR), Mumbai
10. Ananya Vajpeyi, fellow, Centre for Studies in Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi
11. Anirban Kar, Associate Professor, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
12. Anu Arunima, Professor, Women’s Studies Department, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
13. Arun Khopkar, director and actor
14. Ashok Bhowmick, artist
15. Asiya Shervani, Independent Consultant, Diversity and Social Inclusion, Hyderabad
16. Atamjit Singh, Punjabi playwright and Dakshinayan Abhiyan
17. Atul Dodiya, artist
18. Basavaraj Sulibhavi, activist and publisher of Ladai Prakashana, Karnataka
19. Benu Mohanlal, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
20. Bhupinder Choudhry, Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi
21. Biswajit K. Bora, Syama Prasad Mukherjee College, University of Delh
22. Bittu Karthik Kondaiah, Associate Professor, Ashoka University, Sonipat and Telangana Hijra Intersex Transgender Samiti
23. C. Sadasiva, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi
24. Chaman Lal, professor in Hindi translation at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Punjabi writer
25. Damodar Mauzo, Konkani writer and Sahitya Akademi awardee
26. Debaditya Bhattacharya, Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol
27. Feroze Mithiborwala, National Convenor, Bharat Bachao Andolan
28. Freny Manecksha, independent journalist,
29. G Haragopal, Visiting Professor, NLSIU, Bengaluru
30. Ganesh Devy, Dakshinayan Abhiyan
31. Gauhar Raza, former scientist, CSIR
32. Gauri Gill, contemporary photographer, Delhi
33. Ghanshyam Shah, social researcher, Ahmedabad
34. Githa Hariharan, writer
35. Govindi Joshi, Retd. Associate Professor, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
36. Hany Babu MT, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Delhi
37. Hari Sen, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
38. Hemlata Manishwar, Professor, Jamia Millia Islamia
39. Indira Jaisingh, Advocate, Supreme Court of India
40. Imran G,
Advocate J&K High Court Srinagar, Socio-political activist
41. Jagmohan Singh, Association for Democratic Rights (AFDR), Punjab
42. Jatinder, Assistant Professor, Punjabi University
43. Jawari Mal Parakh, writer
44. John Dayal, human rights and political activist, Secretary-General, All India Christian Council
45. Jose Maria Sison, Chair, International League of People’s Struggle
46. Kalyani Menon Sen, feminist researcher and activist and Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS)
47. Kanji Patel, poet and novelist in Gujarati and editor of journal Vahi
48. Kavita Srivastava, President, Rajasthan chapter of People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL), Jaipur
49. Keval Arora, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi
50. Kiran Nagarkar, novelist, playwright, film and drama critic and screenwriter in Marathi
51. Kiran Shaheen, independent journalist, Delhi and Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS)
52. Laltu (Harjinder), Hyderabad
53. Laxmi Murthy, journalist, Bangalore
54. Loi, Global Secretariat, International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL)
55. Madhu Bhaduri, former diplomat
56. Mala Dayal, author and editor
57. Malem Ningthouja, writer and Chairperson, Campaign for Peace and Democracy, Manipur (CPDM)
58. Marie Boti, International Women’s Alliance
59. Meena Kandasamy, poet, writer, translator and activist
60. Megha Pansare, Assistant professor and head, Department of Foreign Languages, Shivaji University, Kolhapur and District President, National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW)
61. MN Ravunni, Vice President, CRPP, Wayanad, Kerala
62. Mohan Rao, Retd. Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
63. Mridula Garg, writer
64. Mukul Kesavan, historian, novelist and essayist
65. Mukul Mangalik, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
66. N Raghuram, Professor and Dean, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi
67. Nalini Nayak, Retd. Associate Professor, PGDAV (M) College, University of Delhi
68. Nancy Adajania, cultural theorist, art critic and curator
69. Nandini Chandra, Department of English, University of Delhi
70. Nandini Dutta, Associate Professor, Miranda House, University of Delhi
71. Nandini Sundar, Professor, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
72. Nandita Narain, St. Stephens College, University of Delhi
73. Narender Thakur, B. R. Ambedkar College, University of Delhi
74. Naveen Gaur, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi
75. Nikhil Jain, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi
76. Nirmalangshu Mukerjee, Retd. Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Delhi
77. Nivedita Menon, Professor, Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory, Jawaharlal Nehru University
78. P K Vijayan, Hindu College, University of Delhi
78. P. Koya, Professor, Calicut, Vice President, CRPP
80. Patricia Mukhim, social activist, writer, journalist and editor of Shillong Times
81. Pulin Nayak, Retd. Professor, Department of Economics, University of Delhi
82. Rajeev Bhargava, political theorist, former director of CSDS and former professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University
83. Rajvinder Singh Bains, High Court advocate and human rights lawyer, Chandigarh
84. Rakesh Ranjan, Associate Professor, Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi
85. Ranbir Kaleka, contemporary multimedia artist
86. Ratna Raman, Sri Venketeswara College, University of Delhi
87. Ravinder Goel, Retd. Associate Professor, Satyawati College (E), University of Delhi
88. Rina Ramdev. Associate Professor, Sri Venkataswara College, University of Delhi
89. Rita Kothari, Ashoka University, Sonipat and author and translator
90. Rita Sinha, Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi
91. Rohini Hensman, writer and independent scholar, Bombay
92. Roopa Dhawan, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
93. Rudolf C. Heredia, Indian Social Institute, Delhi
94. Rukmini Bhaya Nair, linguist, poet, writer and critic
95. Saba Dewan, filmmaker
96. Sachin N, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi
97. Sadhi Binning, Punjabi writer and activist, Canada
98. Sagari Chhabra, writer and film director
98. Samit Basu, writer
100. Samuel John, actor and cultural activist
101. Sandeep, film editor and writer, Mumbai
102. Sanjay Kak, filmmaker, Delhi
103. Sanjeev Kumar, writer and office-bearer, Janwadi Lekhak Sangh
104. SAR Geelani, Professor, Zakir Hussain College, University of Delhi and President, Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP)
105. Seema Azad, writer, activist, editor of Dastak and Secretary, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Uttar Pradesh
106. Shabnam Hashmi, social activist
107. Shanta Gokhale, writer, translator, journalist and social critic
108. Shaswati Mazumdar, Professor, Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi
109. Sheba Chhachhi, photographer, activist, writer, filmmaker and artist, Delhi
110. Shobhana Warrier, Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi
111. Shovon Chowdhury, writer
112. Soumya Datta, South Asian University (SAU), Delhi
113. Sudha Bharadwaj, trade unionist and human rights lawyer
114. Sujato Bhadro, Vice President CRPP, Kolkata
115. Sukrita Paul Kumar, poet, critic, academician
116. Sumangala Damodaran, Associate Professor, Ambedkar University, Delhi
117. Sunil Kumar, Professor, Head, Department of History, University of Delhi
118. Susie Tharu, writer, professor, publisher, editor and activist
119. Suvojit Bagchi, journalist, Kolkata
120. Svati Joshi, Retd. Associate Professor, Miranda House, University of Delhi
121. Teena Anil, visiting fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi
122. Teesta Setalvad, civil rights activist, journalist and Secretary, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP)
123. TM Krishna, musician and author
124. Venugopalrao Nellutla, Editor, Veekshanam
125. Vidya Rao, Hindustani classical singer and writer
126. Vijay Singh, Retd. Associate Professor, Satyawati College, University of Delhi
127. Vijaya Venkarataraman, Associate Professor, Deparment of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi
128. Vijender Singh Chauhan, Zakir Hussain Delhi College, University of Delhi
129. Vikas Bajpai, Assistant Professor, Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
130. Vikas Gupta, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Delhi, Joint Secretary, Sambhavana
131. Vineet Tiwari, National Secretary, All India Progressive Writer’s Association
132. Vinita Chandra, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
133. Vishnu Nagar, writer and poety
134. Vivek Narayanan, writer, poet and co-editor of Almost Island
135. Windel Bolinget, Chairperson, Cordillera People’s Alliance and Co-Convenor of KATRIBU Kalinpunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan sa Pilipinas
136. Xavier Dias, former editor, Khan Kaneej aur Adhikar, Jharkhand
137. Yogesh Puri, Retd. Associate Professor, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi
138. Adv Imran G, Jk High Court Srinagar, Socio-political activist

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Malaysia: Court dismisses application to remand Siti Kasim

June 24, 2018

The police had applied to hold the activist for four days.

The Magistrate’s Court has dismissed the remand application against lawyer and human rights activist Siti Kasim over allegations that she had obstructed police officers from discharging their duties.

Ambiga Sreenevasan, who led a team of lawyers on behalf of Siti, said that registrar Sharifah Fazilah Zulkifli had dismissed the police’s application to hold Siti for four days.

“We assume the application was dismissed because there was no basis for the remand order.

“We sat down for over an hour for a full hearing and the registrar heard opinions from all sides,” she said, adding that Siti is being investigated under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing a public servant from discharging his duty.

Nearly 20 of Siti’s supporters from the legal profession and human rights groups had turned up at the court for the remand hearing. They included Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah and women’s rights activist Ivy Josiah.

Maria said Siti’s arrest was unjustified and it was a clear case of police abuse.

“This is why we need an IPCMC (Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission).”

Early this morning, police had arrested Siti at the Kajang police headquarters, hours after officers broke into her home following a report accusing her of forcibly detaining a woman.
















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Malaysia: Lawyers, activists up in arms over Siti Kasim’s arrest

June 24, 2018

The human rights champion is alleged to have ‘abducted’ a 24-year-old woman who had apparently sought refuge with her.

Lawyers and activists have slammed the arrest of human rights champion Siti Kasim who is accused of kidnapping a 24-year-old woman.

This reportedly happened hours after officers broke into the lawyer’s home following a report accusing her of forcibly locking up a woman. Police had, according to a source, barged into her house around dinner time.

Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) executive director Eric Paulsen, in a series of tweets, said this was a clear abuse of police power.

Paulsen said that from the video, one could see a grown woman seeking help from Siti but the police have instead arrested both the lawyer and the woman.

“Kidnapping or confining a kidnapped person are very serious allegations. I hope the police have evidence to this effect other than arrest now and investigate later.

“Just because someone has lodged a police report does not mean the police must act without investigating the veracity of the report. This is just reckless. Don’t abuse your powers @PDRMsia. This is why we need the IPCMC (Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission).

“Hope the @PDRMsia will have the sense to release @sitikasim and not be arrogant enough to seek her remand. The police have caused this fiasco in the first place and now dare to claim that she has obstructed the police?” he posted on Twitter.









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