Against the Congress Government : The protection of land and livelihood rights of tribals to be displaced by the Steel plant at Nagarnar
Against the BJP Government : For human rights violations in the ongoing Salwa Judum campaign in Dantewada.
What is the price to be paid for voicing dissent peacefully and raising issues democratically in a free country ?
Detention under an Act which considers any kind of dissent, or disobedience, even unlinked with any violence as an Unlawful activity.
General “tendency” to disobedience can be punished. No overt act is necessary.
The protests against Binayak Sen’s arrest. Widespread and continuing …….
Hundreds of leading citizens, intellectuals, and medical academics.
Thousands of doctors, medical students, common people in chattisgarh,
Protests in tens of Indian cities and across the world……….
Honourable President of India Honourable Prime Minister of India President, National Human Rights Commission Honourable Governor, Chhattisgarh Subject: Safety and liberty of Dr. Binayak Sen, General Secretary of the Chhattisgarh PUCL and Vice-President of the National PUCL who has been imprisoned. Respected Sirs, This letter is to request your good offices on behalf of a very respected and beloved old student of Christian Medical College, Vellore who has been imprisoned this afternoon (May 14, 2007) at Bilaspur for activities in defense of the rights and liberties of tribal people in Chhattisgarh. His name is Binayak Sen. He had a distinguished academic career in Vellore, graduating in Medicine and later acquiring an M.D. in Paediatrics. From 1976 to 1978, he was a faculty member at the Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He left his academic appointment to work in a community based rural health centre in Hoshangabad district of M.P. focusing on problems of tuberculosis…. http://home.cmcvellore.ac.in/petition/petitionpage1.html More than 2,000 signatures to date Online Petition Started at CMC
International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organizations.
About Amnesty International About Amnesty International India Resources & Links Volunteers & Internships Human rights defender detained amid harassment of adivasi indigenous rights activists Amnesty International is concerned over the apparently arbitrary arrest and detention of Dr. Binayak Sen, a human rights defender at Raipur in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, and the police harassment of two other human rights defenders in the state. Dr. Sen is the general secretary of the Chhattisgarh unit of the Peopleâ€™s Union for Civil Liberties, one of Indiaâ€™s foremost human rights organizations, and has been instrumental in working on access to health for adivasi communities in the state. On 14 May 2007, he was detained at the Tarbahar Police Station, Bilaspur district, when he was returning from Kolkotta to Raipur. On May 15, he was lodged in Raipur prison. Police officials later sealed his residence and searched his clinic. His organic farm in a nearby village was also searched. Reports say Dr. Sen has been detained under provisions of the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, 2006 (CSPSA), and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967), which was amended in 2004 to include key aspects of the Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act (POTA), 2002. The POTA was repealed in 2004 following widespread criticism of abuse and human rights violations. The CSPSA and UAPA allow for arbitrary detention of persons suspected of belonging to an unlawful organization or participating in its activities or giving protection to any member of such an organization. The PUCL has stated that, apart from Dr. Sen, two other PUCL members, Rashmi Dwivedi and Gautam Bandopadhyay, have been facing harassment and threats of arrest from the police. The three have been actively protecting the rights of adivasis (indigenous communities) in the face of escalating violence in Chattisgarh between armed Maoists and Salwa Judum, an armed anti-Maoist campaign widely regarded as sponsored by the state government. They have been instrumental in bringing to light unlawful killings of advisis , sexual assault of adivasi women and disappearances of adivasi youth. The latest instance was the unlawful killing of seven adivisis in Santoshpur village in Bastar-Dantewada area on 31 March. While the state police had earlier claimed that those killed were Maoists, the state government recently ordered an inquiry into the killings after which the bodies have been exhumed last week. The PUCL has stated that police allege that Dr. Sen had passed letters from Narayan Sanyal, a detained leader of the banned CPI (Maoist) who he had met in the Raipur jail last month, to Piyush Guha an alleged member of CPI (Maoist) under detention since 1 May. Dr. Sen, at the time of his arrest, told the media that this charge had no basis since the prison authorities were present during for all the meeting with Narayan Sanyal. Amnesty International urges the Government of Chhattisgarh to immediately release Dr. Sen unless he is charged with a recognizable criminal offence and take urgent steps to end the harassment of the other human rights defenders in the state.
Owen Dyer (London) Indian doctor held under controversial antiterrorism law 9 June 2007 Vol 334, No 7605 p 1184-1185 Writer Arundhati Roy attends a rally for Binayak Sen
Binayak Sen, a noted civil rights activist, was arrested on 14 May .....
Dr Sen worked on behalf of indigenous communities for 30 years. He helped to found a cooperative hospital for mine workers, the Shaheed hospital, and played a big part in evolving a statewide programme of training community health workers.