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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. […]

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[India West] Protestors Demand Release of ‘Prisoners of Conscience’

[…] Protests to release Sori and Kodopi were simultaneously held in London Jan. 26 and in Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Austin, Texas; Boston, Mass.; and San Jose, Calif., last weekend. Demonstrations will be held this weekend in Columbus, Ohio and Dallas, Texas.

“We want to put a stop to torture,” Balaji Narasimhan, one of the organizers of the San Francisco protest, told India-West. “As Indian Americans, we find injustices like this to be a huge blemish on our India, a country we are all otherwise justifiably very proud of,” he added.

“Republic Day is a day to celebrate the Indian Constitution. We use the occasion to remind ourselves and others of the fundamental rights it guarantees – rights like the right to life, personal liberty and the due process of law – to all people, especially the most vulnerable of the people of India,” said Narasimhan.

The small group initially gathered at the entrance to the Palace of Fine Arts, but was asked to move from the public space by consular officials, according to Narasimhan. The group then moved about 150 feet away from the entrance and handed out flyers and gathered signatures on a petition as people walked over to the Republic Day celebrations inside.

Asti Bhatt, another organizer of the San Francisco protest, told India-West that at least one attendee felt the demonstration made India “look bad.” “According to him, the instances of human rights violations in India are not institutionalized or systemic in India but are one-off instances,” she said. […]

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[Human Rights Watch] India: Prosecute Security Forces for Torture

The failure of the Indian government to prosecute authorities responsible for torture extends to all of the security forces, Human Rights Watch said. In another recent disturbing incident, Soni Sori, a schoolteacher in Chhattisgarh state, alleged that she was tortured and sexually assaulted by Chhattisgarh state police while in custody in October 2011. After her arrest as a suspected Maoist supporter, a criminal court in Chhattisgarh state handed her over to police custody for interrogation despite her pleas that she feared for her safety and life. Sori alleges that Ankit Garg, then-superintendent of police for Dantewada district, ordered the torture and sexual assault. The Indian Supreme Court ordered Sori’s transfer to the Kolkata medical college hospital for an independent medical examination. In November 2011, the examination report corroborated Sori’s allegations of physical abuse.

To date, the Indian authorities have not initiated any inquiry or criminal action against the police officers implicated. Instead of investigating the case, on Republic Day, January 26, 2012, the president of India, Pratibha Patil, presented Ankit Garg with a police medal for gallantry. The medal drew widespread condemnation.

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