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(Latest Media Coverage Round-Up) Human Rights Watch Letter and International Women’s Day Re: Soni Sori

On Human Rights Watch Letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

From The Hindu: Soni Sori case: HRW wants PM to order impartial probe on torture

HRW Executive Director of Women’s Rights Division Liesl Gerntholtz, in a letter to Dr. Singh, said the Soni Sori case raised serious questions about the commitment of the Indian government to prevent torture, investigate the torture allegations, hold accountable those responsible for the torture, and ensure that detainees and prisoners have adequate access to health care.

Besides being subjected to sexual assaults at the hands of the Chhattisgarh police, the woman was also given electric shocks in the name of interrogation, the letter said quoting various reports.

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From Salem-News: INDIA: Soni Sori’s Case Reflects Broader Problems

In this letter, William Gomes urges Dr. Manmohan Singh, Honorable Prime Minister of India in New Delhi, to independently investigate the conduct of Chhattisgarh law enforcement officials in the Soni Sori case, ensure that she receives health care, and also review the condition of women detainees and prisoners, to determine whether other women may have been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.

This, as India prepares to present its human rights record as part of the second Universal Periodic Review before the United Nations Human Rights Council.

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On International Women’s Day Show of Solidarity to Soni Sori

From TwoCircles.net: Activists reads Soni Sori lettre to mark International Women’s Day

Participants in this video project joined hands to draw attention to Sori’s case by reading from Sori’s letters on camera, supplementing the video with additional materials including photographs, news footage and Sori’s medical reports. As Sori said in one of her letters, she is only one of dozens of women in her prison who say they have suffered torture and sexual assault in police custody.

Sori’s lawyers have filed an appeal in the Supreme Court of India to transfer Sori to Delhi or another state where she would not be under the control of the Chhattisgarh police. Despite the severity of the torture, the hearing on the final decision on her appeal has been repeatedly delayed. Today marks the completion of five months since Sori was tortured.

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From UnBoxed Writers: Letters from Prison on International Women’s Day

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FeministIndia writes about Soni Sori

The Soni Sori Case: A Travesty of Justice

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[Kracktivist] International Women’s day March in Mumbai Demands Freedom for Soni Sori

Via Kracktivist

More than 500 women associated with various, women organizations, trade unions, health and human rights organisations came together at VT station to celebrate International Women Rights day, by raising their voices against all forms violence against women and vociferously raised slogans on true democracy and freedom, they demanded freedom for all including – workers,laborer, dalits, minorities, adivasis and all of us vociferously demanded

FREEDOM FOR SONI SORI AND PUNISHMENT FOR ANKIT GARG!!

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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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