South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights

A joint meeting of human rights activists and delegates of civil liberties organisations today sought the Centre’s intervention for release of rights campaigner and doctor Binayak Sen who has been sentenced to life for sedition.A resolution adopted at the meeting, organised here by People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL), said Sen had been fighting for the well-being of scheduled tribes in Chhattisgarh.

But he had been charged with sedition and awarded life term by a Raipur court, it said.

“This is utterly unacceptable and the leader should be released unconditionally and the Centre should intervene in the matter,” the activists said.

A joint memorandum containing signatures of all those championing human rights would be sent to the President seeking Sen’s unconditional release.

An activist of the People’s Union of Civil Liberties, Sen was arrested on May 14, 2007 from Bilaspur and was given life sentence by a Raipur court on December 24 last year.

Source: Human rights activists ask Centre to release Binayak Sen – The Times of India