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India: Three who fled after attacking woman advocate apprehended

October 14, 2017

The city police arrested the three accused in the case of attacking advocate Bayana Venkata Ramani on Tuesday and presented before media on Friday. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Kranthi Rana Tata said the three, Banka Ganesh, Banka Shiva and Srinivas, entered Ramani’s house forcefully and attacked her by punching her face.

Ganesh planned to get rid of the lawyer who is also his distant relative after she failed to win a land dispute case that he brought to her a few years ago. “With the motto to kill Ramani, the three entered her house knowing that she is alone. Ganesh gave `1 lakh to Shiva and Srinivas to kill Ramani,” the DCP said.

In the attack, Ramani received injuries on the nose and face and was later rushed to a private hospital. Following a complaint, a case was registered against the duo in Two-town police station. “When she shouted for help, the three fled from the spot as neighbors escorted her. The three were arrested on the basis of Ramani’s complaint and sent to custody,” Kranthi told.





India: Delhi district bar associations to go on strike tomorrow over judge’s “misconduct”

October 12, 2017

District Bar Associations

The Co-ordination Committee of all District Bar Associations in Delhi has resolved to boycott court work tomorrow in light of “increasing tendency of misconduct by various judges”.

The resolution passed yesterday claims that the judicial administration has not taken any measures to curb such instances of misconduct on the part of judges. It states,

“The Co-ordination Committee is of the view that the respect which should be given to the legal fraternity being the officers of the court is unfortunately not being adhered to by some of the judges, which is resulting into loss of faith of the lawyers as well as public in the justice delivery system.”

The issue stems from an incident wherein the juniors of a lawyer appeared before Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Gupta on Tuesday with a view to obtaining a passover, as the senior was in another court. However, Gupta did not entertain the same.



India: Advocates take out rally

October 12, 2017

Bezwada Bar Association members taking out a rally in Vijayawada on Wednesday protesting against attack on a woman advocate

Advocates boycotted duty on Wednesday protesting against the attack on a woman advocate Bayana Ramani at her residence in Kothapeta under Two Town police station limits. The lawyers under the auspices of Bezawada Bar Association boycotted duty and took out a rally from Bar Association to Beasant Road and came back to Civil Courts.

Lawyers raised slogans against the attacks on the lawyers. Bar Association president S Krishna Murthy, secretary K Srinivasa Rao, senior lawyers Sunkara Rajendra Prasad, Ch Manmada Rao, Puppala Srinivasa Rao and others condemned the attack on the woman advocate.

They said every person has right to engage lawyer and fight a legal battle. They said it is wrong to physically attack the advocates. They demanded that a case of attempt to murder be booked against the accused rowdy sheeter Banka Siva and his associates for attacking lawyer on Tuesday. The female lawyer is recovering from injuries.




India: Advocates in Karnataka abstain from court work over Justice Jayant Patel’s transfer

October 4, 2017

Protesting the transfer of senior-most puisne judge of the Karnataka High Court Justice Jayant Patel to Allahabad High Court, all advocates in Karnataka boycotted court work on Wednesday.

This comes after the Karnataka State Bar Council and Advocates Association Bangalore passed a resolution to the same effect over the controversial transfer.

Speaking to TNM, HC Shivaramu, Convenor, Advocates Association Bangalore said, “Our resolution was passed on two issues. Firstly, we protest the demotion of Justice Jayant Patel. The second issue is there are only 24 working judges in Karnataka High Court. We have written to the Chief Justice of India and the Collegium to fill up the vacancies as early as possible.”

Justice Patel, who is the senior-most puisne judge, had tendered his resignation on September 25 after he was transferred to Allahabad High Court.

He was eligible to be the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, as Chief Justice SK Mukherjee is set to retire on October 9.







October 4, 2017

The Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) condemns the continuing attack, harassment, witch-hunting and false implication of Adv. Rajat Kalsan, people’s lawyer and Dalit rights crusader in its true sense, by the Haryana Police and goonda elements belonging to the dominant caste.

Adv. Kalsan is a practicing Lawyer in Hisar district of Haryana and has been for the past 16 years working for the exploited and toiling masses, both inside and outside the court. Adv. Kalsan has been instrumental in getting justice for victims of more than 150 infamous cases of Dalit atrocities in state of Haryana, including Mirchpur carnage of 2010 (18 Dalit homes were torched and the duo of father and daughter burnt alive); the Gohana carnage of 2005 (60 Balmiki houses were set on fire); Dabra gang-rape case of 2012 (16-year-old Dalit girl was gang-raped and father was forced to commit suicide); and Daulatpur hand chopping case of 2012 (Dalit man’s hand chopped off for drinking water from dominant-caste field). While fighting these cases Adv. Kalsan has been attacked by dominant caste goons on more than 6 occasions and has been under police protection for past 6 years. This police protection has been arbitrarily withdrawn after the political intervention at higher level.

The FIR in which Adv. Kalsan has been recently implicated, is in the background of another case of Dalit atrocity and social boycott/. In June, 2017 in village Bhatla amid dispute on water, dominant castes villagers assaulted 6-7 Dalit boys, and FIR No. 190/2017 was registered at Police Station Sadar Hansi under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, in which the police and District Administration pressurized the complainant/victim, clients of Adv. Kalsan, to arrive at a compromise. When the complainants chose not to compromise, the dominant caste members of the village openly announced social and economic boycott of the Dalits in the village. Apart from the social boycott, the family members of the complainant Ajay Kumar were attacked twice and Adv. Kalsan was also attacked and chased out of the village, when he had gone to the village to assist the fact-finding team constituted vide the order of the Hon’ble Punjab and Haryana High Court. In the meantime, the people from dominant caste of village staged a protest against Adv. Kalsan, demanding cancellation of License of Practice of Adv. Rajat Kalsan and a registration of case against him. On this, two FIRs. No 328/2015 & 725/2016 which were cancelled, were re-opened without seeking any permission from the Court and raids were conducted at his house and chambers to arrest Adv. Kalsan, and when Adv. Kalsan obtained anticipatory bail in both the FIRs, another fresh, false and fabricated FIR No. 302/2017 under section 389 (extortion), 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups), 153B (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration), 211 (False Charges), 193 (False Evidence), 505 (Statements Conducting Public Mischief), 506 (criminal intimidation), 120B (Criminal Conspiracy), 109 of IPC, leveling false allegations of spreading hatred amongst Dalit masses. The whole FIR is based on a recording of conversation between Adv. Kalsan and his client, done illegally infringing the privacy of Adv. Kalsan. It ought to be noted that communication between an advocate and his/her client is deemed as a privileged communication under the Indian Evidence Act, 1972. Interim bail has been granted by the Hon’ble Punjab and Haryana High Court in this case as well.

Adv. Kalsan has been embroiled in false and motivated cases owing to his professional work as an advocate, he has been repeatedly targeted because of his diligence towards the cause of his clients and his uncompromising politics against caste discrimination. It is pertinent to mention here that, Adv. Kalsan has been forced to abandon his law practice and home town since the last one month. Continuous harassment, surveillance and intimidation of Adv. Kalsan is a clear violation of the Article 19 and UN Basic Principles of the Role of Lawyers, amongst other constitutional and international standards. Further, here the role of District Bar Association also needs to be condemned and the casteist face of the District Bar Association needs to be exposed. The District Bar Association, under the influence of the police administration and Jat leaders, has sent a recommendation to Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana to get the license of Adv. Kalsan cancelled. Such attempts of intimidation of lawyers by the state and statutory authorities amounts to obstruction of the administration of justice as it is an attempt to deter lawyers from performing their duties.

The Indian Association of People’s Lawyers calls upon all to stand in solidarity and support of Adv. Rajat Kalsan and condemn the witch hunt and persecution of a true People’s Lawyer. Further, the IAPL demands that the State of Haryana and Haryana Police withdraw/cancel all false and frivolous cases against Adv. Kalsan, expeditiously and take steps to protect the life, liberty and constitutional rights of Adv. Rajat Kalsan, given the gravity of the situation.

Advocate Surendra Gadling,
General Secretary,
Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL)
4th October 2017

(IAPL – Indian Association of People’s Lawyers Facebook)


Declaração da IAPL contra a perseguição ao Advogado Kalsan, em Haryana, Índia


4 de outubro de 2017

A Associação Indiana de Advogados do Povo/IAPL condena o ataque contínuo, a perseguição, a caça às bruxas e as falsas acusações contra o advogado Rajat Kalsan – que é um advogado do povo e um ativista dos direitos dos Dalits, um cruzado no seu verdadeiro sentido – feitas pela polícia de Haryana e por elementos ‘goonda’ pertencentes à casta dominante.

Kalsan é um advogado em exercício no distrito de Hisar, Haryana, onde tem trabalhado nos últimos 16 anos para as massas trabalhadoras e exploradas, tanto dentro como fora do tribunal. Kalsan tem sido fundamental na busca de justiça para as vítimas de mais de 150 casos infames de atrocidades cometidas contra os Dalits no estado de Haryana, incluindo: 1) a carnificina de Mirchpur, de 2010 (quando 18 casas Dalits foram incendiadas e pai e filha foram queimados vivos); 2) a carnificina de Gohana, de 2005 (quando 60 casas de Balmiki foram incendiadas); 3) o Caso Dabra, de estupros promovidos por gangues, de 2012 (quando, entre outros, uma menina Dalit, de 16 anos, foi estuprada por uma gangue e o pai foi forçado a suicidar-se); e 4) o caso de Daulatpur, em 2012 (quando a mão de um homem Dalit foi cortada apenas pelo fato dele estar bebendo água no campo de castas dominantes). Ao lutar contra estes casos, o advogado Kalsan foi atacado pelas castas dominantes em mais de seis ocasiões e estava sob proteção policial nos últimos 6 anos. Esta proteção policial foi, arbitrariamente, retirada após uma intervenção política de nível superior.

A FIR (NTFirst Information Report/Primeiro Relatório de Informações, quando a polícia registra uma queixa) em que Kalsan foi recentemente envolvido, está na base de outro caso de atrocidade contra os Dalits e boicote social imposto a eles. Em junho de 2017, na aldeia de Bhatla, em uma disputa sobre água, aldeões de castas dominantes agrediram sete meninos Dalits e a FIR No. 190/2017 foi registrada na delegacia de polícia Sadar Hansi, sob a lei SC / ST (Prevenção de Atrocidades), 1989, mas a polícia e a Administração Distrital pressionaram os queixosos/vítimas, clientes do advogado Kalsan, para chegarem a um acordo. Quando os queixosos optaram por não se comprometer, os membros das castas dominantes da aldeia anunciaram abertamente o boicote social e econômico aos Dalits na aldeia. Além do boicote social, os membros da família dos queixosos Ajay Kumar foram atacados duas vezes e Kalsan também foi atacado e expulso da aldeia, quando ele lá estava para ajudar a equipe de pesquisa constituída por ordem do Honorável Punjab e do Supremo Tribunal de Haryana. Enquanto isso, as pessoas da casta dominante da aldeia fizeram um protesto contra Kalsan, exigindo o cancelamento da sua licença de prática como advogado e ainda fizeram um registro de caso contra ele. Com isso, duas FIRs. No 328/2015 e 725/2016 que foram canceladas, foram reabertas sem solicitar qualquer permissão ao Tribunal e foram realizadas incursões tanto em sua casa como nas câmaras do tribunal, para prendê-lo. Quando Kalsan obteve fiança antecipada sobre estas FIRs, outra FIR, nova, falsa e fabricada, N ° 302/2017, sob a seção 389 (extorsão), 153A (Promoção de inimizade entre diferentes grupos), 153B (Imputações, afirmações prejudiciais à integração nacional), 211 (Falsos Encargos), 193 (Falso Evidência), 505 (Declarações de Transtorno Público), 506 (intimidação criminal), 120B (Conspiração Criminal), 109 do IPC, nivelando alegações falsas de propagação de ódio entre massas Dalits. Esta FIR é baseada em uma gravação de conversa entre Kalsan e seu cliente, feita ilegalmente contra a privacidade do advogado. Importante lembrar que a comunicação entre um advogado e seu cliente é considerada como uma comunicação privilegiada nos termos da Lei de Evidência Indiana, 1972. A caução provisória foi concedida pelo Honorável Punjab e Tribunal Superior de Haryana também neste caso.

Kalsan esteve envolvido em vários casos forjados devido ao seu trabalho profissional como defensor, e ele tem sido, repetidamente, alvo de ataques por causa de sua diligência em relação à causa de seus clientes e sua posição intransigente contra a discriminação de castas. É pertinente mencionar aqui que Kalsan foi forçado a abandonar sua prática legal em sua cidade natal desde o último mês. Perseguições contínuas, vigilância e intimidação de Kalsan constituem violações do Artigo 19 e dos Princípios Básicos das Nações Unidas sobre o papel dos advogados, entre outros padrões constitucionais e internacionais. Além disso, aqui o papel da Associação Distrital de Advogados também precisa ser condenado e o caráter de casta da Associação Distrital de Advogados precisa também ser exposto. A Associação Distrital de Advogados, sob a influência da administração da polícia e dos líderes do Jat (NT: grupo étnico tradicionalmente rural do norte da Índia e do Paquistão; no início do século 21, os Jats constituíam cerca de um quarto das populações de Punjab e Haryana), enviou uma recomendação ao Conselho de Advogados de Punjab e Haryana para obter a cassação da licença do advogado Kalsan. Tais tentativas de intimidação dos advogados pelas autoridades estatais e estatutárias equivale a obstruir a administração da justiça, pois é uma tentativa de dissuadir os advogados de exercerem suas funções.

Associação Indiana de Advogados do Povo/IAPL apela a todos para que se solidarizem com advogado Rajat Kalsan e o apoiem condenando a caça às bruxas e a perseguição que vem sendo feita contra um verdadeiro advogado do povo. Além disso, a IAPL exige que o Estado de Haryana e a Polícia de Haryanaretirem e cancelem todos os casos falsos e frívolos contra o advogado Kalsan, rapidamente, e tomem medidas para proteger a sua vida, a sua liberdade e os seus direitos constitucionais dada a gravidade da situação.

Advogado Surendra Gadling,

Secretário geral,

Associação Indiana de Advogados do Povo (IAPL)

(Mensagens de advogados de todos os países podem ser enviadas para IAPL India: indianapl2004@gmail.com)

India: Justice Jayant Patel’s transfer is an attack on independence of judiciary, reminiscent of emergency days: IAPL Statement

October 3, 2017

Justice Jayant Patel’s transfer is an attack on independence of judiciary, reminiscent of emergency days: IAPL Statement



3rd October 2017

The Karnataka Bar Council has called on all advocates to abstain from work on October 4 as a mark of protest against the transfer of Justice Jayant Patel, which prevented his elevation to the seat of Chief Justice of the High Court. In its protest letter to the CJI, the Council has held that the transfer exposed lack of transparency and accountability in the working of Collegium system. The Gujarat High Court Advocates’ Association too had given a call to abstain from Court and had questioned the transfer of Justice Patel in their letter to the Registrar.

As the acting Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court, Justice Patel had directed a CBI investigation into the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case. This CBI probe led to the arrest and chargesheeting of a large number of senior Gujarat police officers for the cold-blooded killing and was a major embarrassment for Narendra Modi, who was chief minister of Gujarat at the time. As the current Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court is due to retire on October 9th, Justice Patel would ordinarily have become acting Chief Justice of the Court. Hence it will not be incorrect to assume that the timing and nature of this transfer was intended to deny him becoming Chief Justice and punish him for his orders that have embarrassed the State. The Collegium themselves by such an arbitrary act, lacking transparency have cast serious apprehensions whether they can and will safeguard the ‘Independence of the Judiciary’.







Kashmir/India: Rafto Prize for two human rights activists from Kashmir: Here’s what it means to them

September 29, 2017

Two long-time human rights defenders Parvez Imroz and Parveena Ahangar have been awarded the prestigious Professor Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize, popularly known as the Rafto Prize, for human rights this year.

The past recipients of this award include Aung Sang Suu Kyi and Shirin Ebadi, both of whom went on to win the Nobel prize for peace.

In its statement, the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights said the award was given to the duo for their “decades of campaigning for human rights in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir”.

“Their long campaign to expose human rights violations, promote dialogue and seek peaceful solutions to the intractable conflict in Kashmir has inspired new generations across communities,” the foundation said.

Speaking about Parveena Ahangar, the foundation said that she “protests against enforced disappearances and challenges the perpetrators of violence”. Similarly, the foundation praised Imroz as “a lawyer and a leading intellectual who uses the law to ensure fundamental human rights and equality before the law in Kashmir”.

On his part, Imroz sees the award as an acknowledgement of the deteriorating human rights situation in Kashmir by the European civil society.

Imroz has already received the Ludovic Trarieux International Human Rights prize in 2006 given by the Human Rights Institute of The Bar of Bordeaux, France, and the European Bar Human Rights Institute (IDHAE). The award has earlier been conferred to Nelson Mandela.

The duo will be traveling to Norway in November to receive the award and also get a chance to interact with the various civil society groups in the country.

“We will use this opportunity to create some more awareness about Kashmir. And tell the world that the overriding challenge in Kashmir is not terrorism but the massive humanitarian fallout of the thirty years of the conflict,” Imroz said.


J&K activist, lawyer awarded Rafto Prize



Parveena Ahangar and Parvez Imroz in Kashmir awarded Rafto Prize 2017



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http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/fr-page3.callplt2006.htm  (FRANCAIS)

http://www.eldiario.es/politica/Activistas-derechos-humanos-noruego-Rafto_0_691531107.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.vol.at/indische-menschenrechtsaktivisten-erhalten-rafto-preis/apa-1438400188 (DEUTSCH)

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