28th july - Greece - Save the life of the Indian writer and activist Varavara Rao!
Common statement signed by Greek
activists, academics, writers and students
Save the life of the Indian writer
and activist Varavara Rao!
Varavara Rao, a poet, a writer, an activist and an
advocate of democratic and social rights for decades against the arbitrariness
of Indian governments, has been jailed for almost two years along with ten
other activists, lawyers, journalists, etc. They are all accused of inciting
violent incidents in the Bhima Koregaon case, a charge that is considered
false, while the government for the last two years has failed to prove the
charges in court to start the trial. The conditions in the prisons, where these
prisoners of conscience are being held, are said to be unhealthy and the threat
of the Coronavirus pandemic spreading has increased the risks. Varavara Rao, at
the age of 80, has been tested and proved to be positive for COVID-19 and has
many concomitant illnesses. His condition reveals the absolute neglect of his
health by the prison authorities. We join our voices with academics from all
over the world, intellectuals, journalists, members of the Indian Parliament,
international humanitarian organizations, the National Human Rights Commission
of India (NHRC) and others, and we demand the immediate release of Varavara Rao
and the other pre-trial imprisoned activists of the same case.