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Abhay Sahoo Released!

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Dear friends,

It comes as a matter of cheer that our leader Abhay Sahoo, against whom false charge of giving protection to an accused in an alleged dowry death in Dhinkia Panchayat was clamped, has been granted bail by the Honourable High Court of Odisha, and has been released from Choudwar jail at 5 pm on 14th April 2012 as per the direction of the lower court. False charges under SC/ST atrocities Act was also clamped against him by the local administration. In both the cases he has been granted bail.

After release, Abhay Sahoo thanked all friends and well wishers who have stood for our cause of fighting against POSCO. It’s a victory of the people in struggle. We expect Judiciary to stand up to the cause and defend fundamental rights of citizen.

With the release of our leader, our resolve to fight against the company and…

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[Guardian] Presumed Guilty: After 14 wasted years in prison, life begins anew

n the night of 20 February 1998, in the Sadr Bazaar area of Delhi, a young man walked to the neighbourhood hakeemseeking treatment for a persistent kidney stone problem. The 18-year-old had just said his namaaz at the Madrasahwaali Masjid and, in pain, decided to walk across the desolate marketplace — by day this is one of the busiest spots in the city, but at night it empties like a sieve — even more so in the ’90s, when Indian retail did not shriek with the vehemence of today.

As the boy walked he noticed an unmarked white Maruti Gypsy sidle up along the kerb behind him. It moved slowly, prompting him to quicken his pace, though he continued to walk, staring ahead. The Gypsy overtook him and then, without warning, a pair of hands shoved him in the back. He raised his hands to protect himself from falling, but before he knew it he’d been hauled into the Gypsy. Blindfolded, hands tied and mouth gagged in a matter of seconds, trapped in a mélange of elbows, insults and accents, he was driven to a destination 40 minutes away and deposited in a room. Here he was routinely beaten, tortured, fed at the rarest possible intervals, and made to sign blank papers and disclosure agreements. There was no question of providing access to legal representation. […]

Read the full story here.

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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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