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[Breaking News] Activists Meet with the Home Ministry Re: Soni Sori

Today a group of 5 campaigners and human rights activists met P Chidambaram the Home Minister to talk about the Soni Sori case. They delivered close to 4000 signatures on a petition started on Change.org , a memorandum and a common letter telling the Home Minister to help Soni Sori get prompt and due medical care and treatment and seeking immediate intervention to ensure safety of Soni Sori, subjected to custodial sexual torture by Chhattisgarh police. The meeting took place at the Home ministry at 3:45 pm, on 27th March’ 12.

Details of the meeting:

Where: Home Ministry, New Delhi
Time: 3.45 pm
Date: 27th March’12
Who attended: P Chidambaram, Brinda Karat (Ex-Rajya Sabha MP), Sudha Sundararaman (AIDWA), Kalpana Mehta (Women against Sexual violence and State repression, WSS), Indira Chakraborty (WSS) and Kiran Mamta Shaheen (Writer).

“We discussed issues related to Soni Sori and delivered voices of 4000 people from all over India” said Kalpana Mehta (Member, Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression). Brinda Karat, ex Rajya Sabha MP, demanded that Soni Sori be given adequate constitutional safegurads as an under trial prisoner and sought his intervention for prompt and exemplary action against SP Ankit Garg of Dantewada and other officials involved in the custodial and sexual violence inflicted upon Soni Sori on the night of 8/9 October 2011 in Dantewada police station. A letter addressed to the home minister, from the campaigners urged that Soni Sori be given prompt and due medical care and treatment, and moved to a safe place, in consultation with her through her lawyers, where the policemen cannot interfere with the course of justice.

The campaigners expressed their concern about the fact that they were not being allowed to meet Soni Sori.

The Home Minsiter assured the women’s delegation that he will write to Chhattisgarh government raising the issues related to human rights violation.

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[Breaking News] Pakistan – Ammar Ali Jan Released!

From Ammar Ali Jan’s Facebook Status:

Dear All, I have been released and have safely reached home. I want to thank you all for your solidarity against state oppression.Punjab police would not have released me so quickly had they not faced pressure from both within, and outside of Pakistan. It gives me strength to know that we are not alone in our struggle and we can rely on the support of committed, honest and brilliant activists and intellectuals from around the world! Our victory today strengthens our belief in the ultimate triumph of the Pakistani people against this brutal, neo-colonial state.
In solidarity Ammar Ali Jan

Read more about him here and here.

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[Breaking News] From Himanshu Kumar’s FB Status: Sukhnath Oyami Released! (in Hindi)

मानवाधिकार कार्यकर्ता सुखनाथ ओयामी को आज दंतेवाड़ा जिला अदालत ने बाइज्ज़त बरी कर दिया! सुखनाथ ओयामी हमारे साथ उजड़े हुए गांव को बसाने का काम कर रहे थे ! २८ अगस्त २००९ को जब सुखनाथ निर्दोष ग्रामीणों को थाने में बेवजह पकड़ लिये जाने पर बात् करने थाने में गये तो उन्हें भी पकड़ कर जेल में डाल दिया गया था ! उन पर काला कानून छत्तीसगढ़ जन सुरक्षा अधिनियम लगा कर उन्हें नक्सली कहा गया ! और कहा गया कि इनके पास से बम मिला है ! हांलाकि अदालत में सारे गवाहों ने कहा कि पुलिस झूठ बोल रही है !आज अदालत ने सरकार द्वारा उन पर लगाए गये सारे आरोपों को बे-बुनियाद मानते हुए सुखनाथ ओयामी को स-सम्मान रिहा कर दिया!

From Frontline Defenders (dated Dec 2009)

The detention of Kopa Kunjam and Alban Toppo follows the arrest on 31 July 2009 of Sukhnath, a VCA volunteer, who was abducted by members of a state-backed militia and detained under the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act. He remains in detention without trial, and his bail applications have been rejected on two separate occasions.

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