Category Archives: Sanhati

Statement from Coalition for Protection of Human Rights Defenders (CPHRD)

The Coalition for Protection of Human Rights’ Defenders (CPHRD) strongly condemns the police firing on Umakant Biswal, a young anti-POSCO movement activist and farmer from Dhinkia village district of Jagatsinghpur district, Odisha

According to the information received by us from activist friends in Dhinkia, on 2nd of March 2012, while Mr. Bisawal was working on his farm near the village, the Police came on motor cycle in civil dress to arrest him, after recognizing them he tried to run away but was shot in leg and subsequently arrested. We are also told that, Mr. Bisawal has been tortured in custody. […]

Read the full statement here.

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Press Release on Hunger Strikes in Solidarity with Soni Sori’s Demand for Justice

From Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), Saheli, and other concerned individuals and democratic rights organisations. (dated 29th February 2012)

Recent letters received from Soni Sori, currently in the Raipur Jail, reveal that her health condition is steadily deteriorating, and she is suffering from pain and bleeding. However, she has been denied proper medical care and treatment despite several requests to the jail authorities. After her brutal torture at the hands of Chhattisgarh police in October 2011, she received a complete medical examination only three weeks after the incident at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata. Since then she has not received any follow-up treatment.
Women’s groups and other democratic rights groups in Delhi held a day long hunger strike today at Rajghat from 6 am to 6 pm in solidarity with Soni Sori. Programmes were held also in Bengaluru, Bhopal, Jaipur, Mumbai, as well as in San Francisco and Boston.

Their demands:
– To arrange for prompt and proper medical care for Soni Sori
– To initiate punitive action against SP Ankit Garg and all other police officials involved in her custodial torture.

Read the whole statement here.

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