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[Amnesty International] EXECUTION OF BALWANT SINGH WOULD BE A STEP BACK FOR INDIA

The execution of Balwant Singh Rajoana must be halted and an official moratorium on capital punishment established in India, Amnesty International said in an open letter to the country’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Balwant Singh’s execution is scheduled for 31 March 2012, in Punjab state.

Read the whole press release here.

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Amnesty International Releases International Women’s Day Video: Free Soni Sori

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Here is the accompanying press release from Amnesty International:

INDIA: RELEASE SONI SORI ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

PRESS RELEASE

7 March 2012
INDIA: RELEASE SONI SORI ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

The Indian authorities must release Soni Sori, an activist and school teacher imprisoned and allegedly tortured for speaking out against human rights abuses, Amnesty International said in a call to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March. […]

Read the full press release here.

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Amnesty International is Planning to Raise the Issue of Soni Sori at Today’s UNHRC Session

Dear all

Amnesty International representatives are raising the issues of Human Rights Defenders ( HRDs) Soni Sori and Jaleel Andrabi, among others, at an event session at the UNHRC session currently on at Geneva after the presentation of the UN Special Rapporteur on HRDs.

Best
Ramesh Gopalakrishnan
South Asia team
Amnesty International
1 Easton Street
London WC1X 0DW
UK

(Via Himanshu Kumar)

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[Nijkerk.nieuws.nl] Amnesty Action for Indian activists – March 2nd and March 3rd

The annual action by Amnesty International this year focused on the release of political prisoners in India. Soni Sodi (female) and Ling Aram Kodopi (male) […]

On Friday 2 March from 13:00-16:00 and Saturday, March 3 from 09.30-12.30 there will be for these two caught a signature campaign at four places in the center of Hoevelaken. Volunteers from Amnesty Hoevelaken, Women and Youth Project now stand at Jumbo Grace Home. Lidl, Albert Heijn, and Laak Stag by asking shoppers to sign letters. These letters are addressed to the authorities of India and the Indian Embassy in the Netherlands. It called for the release of two Indian activists. In the past held petitions from Amnesty often have positive results. Each letter is a Euro asked to contribute to the postage. The aim is to, at the end of the action thousand letters to be able to transmit. […]

Translate the article into English (as needed) and read the whole thing here.

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[Amnesty International] Call to Join an Online Campaign for Soni Sori

Outraged by the treatment meted out to Soni Sodi? Want to join an Amnesty campaign calling for her release? Get in touch with us at online.communities@amnesty.org for the details.

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[Amnesty International] More Peaceful Protesters in World’s Largest Democracy’s Jails

[…] Not far away, along Orissa’s coast, two more non-violent activists have been jailed on false charges for their opposition to the POSCO steel company’s $12b plant. Narayan Reddy and Abhay Sahoo have led protests against the forcible eviction of farmers from common lands. Take action now and demand they be freed. […]

Read the whole post and sign the petitions here.

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[Himanshu Kumar FB Status Message] Update on Kartam Joga

करतम जोगा आदिवासी नेता हैं ! छत्तीसगढ़ सरकार ने इन्हें पिछले दो साल से जेल में बंद किया हुआ है ! क्योंकि इन्होने सलवा जुडूम के खिलाफ सर्वोच्च न्यायालय में याचिका दायर की थी ! अभी जब इनकी जमानत के लिये हाई कोर्ट में आवेदन किया गया तो सरकार ने जवाब दिया कि ये तो ‘फरार’ हैं ! जबकि वो सरकार की ही जेल में बंद हैं ! इतनी भीड़ में शायद सरकार भूल जाती है कि कौन कहाँ बंद है ?

Dear Friends
Kartam Joga’s bail application is up before the High court in Chhattisgarh. He has been in jail since Sept 2010. The government is apparently claiming that he is absconding!! CG has so many people in jail, they can’t find them!
Nandini

From Amnesty International

Sure Binayak Sen Is Free, But What About Kartam Joga?

In Chhattisgarh and other parts of rural India violence between armed Maoist insurgents, state-sponsored militias, and government security forces have resulted in increased hardship for local residents, mostly poor adivasis. Dr. Sen and other human rights activists have struggled to provide services to locals and highlight the human rights abuses they suffer, often at great risk to their own lives and livelihoods. Take action now to call for the release of Kartam Joga, another human rights activist jailed in Chhattisgarh for his criticism of the state government and advocacy on behalf of civilians caught in the conflict.

Read the full article here.

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[Amnesty International] India: Security forces cannot claim immunity under AFSPA, must face trial for violations

Amnesty International puts out a statement supporting recent Supreme Court decision.

Members of the Indian army must stand trial when facing charges of serious violations of human rights, instead of hiding behind the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA), Amnesty International said today.

On 4 February, India’s Supreme Court stated that the Indian army could not invoke the AFSPA to avoid the prosecution of eight officers charged with the March 2000 killing of five Kashmiri villagers at Pathribal.

Read the full statement here.

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