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India: Indians Demand #FreeKoregaon9 Twitter Storm

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On February 4th Monday
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Let’s raise our voice for the release of Bhima Koregaon political prisoners

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India: This Mumbai Lawyer Couple Is Opposing Maratha Reservations Despite Threats To Their Lives

January 27, 2019

Advocate Gunaratne Sadavarte moved court against Maratha reservation bill on behalf of his wife Jayashri Patil and since then, the couple has been repeatedly threatened

At lunch break on December 10, 2018, as Advocate Gunaratne Sadavarte walked out of the Bombay High Court, a young man ran up to him, pushed him to the ground, and kicked him viciously on his stomach and chest.

“He was shouting slogans ’Ek Maratha, Lakh Maratha,” Sadavarte recalled, referring to the slogan synonymous with the Maratha protests that have shaken Maharashtra. “Luckily, there were many lawyers in the court premises. They overpowered the attacker and saved me.”

In November last year, the Maharashtra state assembly bowed down to a key demand of the Maratha community by passing a bill to reserve 16 percent reservation in government jobs for the state’s most economically and politically dominant community.

Days later, Sadavarte ( 40) moved court against the bill on behalf of his wife Jayashri Patil (40), who is also an advocate at the High Court. Since then, the couple has been repeatedly threatened allegedly by members of the Maratha community.


Jammu & Kashmir/India: Advocate alleges harassment by cops

January 18, 2019

Advocate Shahzad Saleem has alleged harassment by police and demanded higher-ups to initiate action against the concerned policemen.

Saleem said that on Tuesday while heading towards Srinagar from Jammu, he was stopped by a police naka team at Banihal.

The cops, he said, asked him for RC, pollution, insurance etc which he provided them. In the meantime, he said, the cops asked him whose vehicle it was and where was the power of attorney.

“I was not carrying the power of attorney but I managed it via WhatsApp and accordingly provided it to them,” Saleem said.  “While checking all the documents and the power of attorney, I told the policemen that I myself am an advocate, which made them furious.”

Salim added: “The police team took my vehicle to the concerned police station. My family was along with me and on reaching the police station, my mobile phones were snatched. After checking the vehicle, they took it to a local mechanic to check whether the engine number matches with that mentioned in the RC.”

“This is the height of harassment as I was with my family who were in distress while seeing the unwarranted action of cops,” Saleem said, adding that the whole process took over three hours amid harsh cold. “This is how they treat advocates, imagine the fate of common people,” he said.



India: Growing Crackdown on Activists, Rights Groups

January 17, 2019

People celebrate the Indian Supreme Court decision to strike down a colonial-era law criminalizing same-sex conduct, in Bangalore, India, September 6, 2018.

The Indian government intensified its harassment and at times prosecution of critics in 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019. Authorities used draconian sedition and counterterrorism laws to silence peaceful dissent, and foreign funding regulations and other laws to discredit and muzzle nongovernmental organizations critical of government actions or policies.

In a landmark decision in September, however, the Supreme Court decriminalized consensual adult same-sex relations, paving the way for full constitutional protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The ruling opened the door for reform in other countries with British colonial-era sodomy laws.

“The room for dissent in India is getting ever smaller, and anyone who criticizes government actions can become a target,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Authorities seem more interested in silencing activists and journalists than in addressing the problems they bring to light.”

In the 674-page World Report 2019, its 29th edition, Human Rights Watch reviewed human rights practices in more than 100 countries. In his introductory essay, Executive Director Kenneth Roth says that the populists spreading hatred and intolerance in many countries are spawning a resistance. New alliances of rights-respecting governments, often prompted and joined by civic groups and the public, are raising the cost of autocratic excess. Their successes illustrate the possibility of defending human rights – indeed, the responsibility to do so – even in darker times.

Police in Maharashtra state arrested 10 civil rights activists, lawyers, and writers, accusing them of being members of a banned Maoist organization. By the end of the year, eight were still in jail and one was under house arrest.





https://www.hrw.org/hi/news/2019/01/17/326301 (HINDI)

India: Advocates protest seeking security: Lawyer stabbed at Meerut court premises, ‘attacker’ arrested

January 17, 2019

The alleged attacker was arrested two hours after the incident, police said. The agitating lawyers warned police of an indefinite strike if adequate security was not provided.

A lawyer was stabbed in his chamber in the Meerut district court Wednesday, following which his colleagues staged a demonstration and surrounded the SSP’s office alleging delay in police action.

The alleged attacker was arrested two hours after the incident, police said. The agitating lawyers warned police of an indefinite strike if adequate security was not provided.

Police said lawyer Shailendra Singh (45), a resident of Gyanpur village in Meerut, was sitting at his chamber when one Sonu Singh (24) entered. Sonu then allegedly had an argument with the lawyer and stabbed him on his head. The injured lawyer was rushed to a nearby private nursing home and later to the district hospital, police said.

Sonu managed to escape when the other lawyers rushed to rescue Shailendra, police said.


India: Advocate beaten: Lawyers seek action

January 11, 2019

A group of lawyers met Ludhiana police commissioner to seek action againt the SHO of Division 5 Jatinder Kumar, who had allegedly beaten up an advocate on New Year’s Eve. Meanwhile, police have ordered a probe into the matter.


India: One year of Bhima-Koregaon case: Part III | One FIR, many arrests and politics of a State at war with the people

January 9, 2019

This is the third of a three-part series on the anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon case. Links to Part I and Part II