Saturday, August 20, 2022

'Free Them All!': A Call For Solidarity With Political Prisoners in India - seminar in Boston ..

 Speakers at a seminar in Boston, US, highlighted the cause of political prisoners, and how political dissent is being met with repression the world over. 

 they said 

incarcerated activists known as the Bhima Koregaon 16  (BK16) – BK 15 after the death of Father Stan Swamy in custody – are India’s best thinkers and public intellectuals. While working with and defending people’s rights through various platforms they also held the state accountable to the people. 

‘State’s complicity’ 

The state’s complicity in Father Stan Swamy’s death is evident in its denial of timely medical treatment to him after he contracted COVID-19 in prison. They even refused minor requests like providing a drinking straw which he needed due to his Parkinson’s disease,

The BK15 remain incarcerated under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) which denies them bail, leading to lengthy periods of imprisonment. The Boston-based Arsenal Consulting firm’s investigations clearly showed that malware was used to plant evidence on the computers of activists like Rona Wilson and Surendra Gadling. Yet their cases do not come up for hearing before the high court,

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