All India campaign against sedition and other repressive laws

January 30, 2012

Launching of the All India campaign against sedition and other repressive laws
Demanding the immediately repeal of the Colonial Era Sedition Law
Sec 124 (A) of the IPC

Venue: Indian Women’s Press Corp, 4 Windsor Place, N Delhi

30th January, 2012; Time 11.30 am onwards

Speakers: Justice Rajinder Sachar, Prabhakar Sinha (President PUCL), Gautam Navlakha (PUDR), V. Suresh (PUCL National Secretary), Arjun Prasad (PDFI), Siddhartha Narain, (Alternative Law Forum)

An All India Campaign against Sedition and other repressive Laws will be launched on the 31st of January, 2012 by several democratic rights, human rights, mass organisations and concerned citizens.

As you are aware that the concept of sedition which is section 124 (A) in the IPC belongs to the colonial era and is at the core of security legislations and the offences against State mentioned in the IPC. It is defined as ”creating hatred or contempt for or disaffection towards the government established by Law in India, an act of sedition punishable with imprisonment for life. Some of the most famous sedition trials of 19th and early 20th centuries were those of Indian nationalist leaders including Tilak, Gandhi and Maulana Azad. Even Jawahar Lal Nehru was against it and had said that the sooner we get rid of it the better.

Of late this provision is being used by the State to suppress the peaceful people’s movements and Human Rights activists. Using sedition law to silence peaceful criticism is the hallmark of an oppressive government. The All India campaign which will be launched on the 31st January, 2012 is demanding the immediately repeal this Sedition Law. The law is incompatible with democracy.

In order to share the plans of the launch and the national campaign that will be undertaken a Press Conference has been planned on martyrs day, the 30th January, 2011 at the Indian Women’s Press Corp, 4 Windsor Place, N Delhi

Justice Rajinder Sachar, Prabhakar Sinha, Gautam Navlakha, V. Suresh, Siddhartha Narain will speak at the press conference.

The campaign constitutents are the PUCL, PUDR, APDR, CPDR, APCLC, Masum, Human Rights Alert, Manipur, NAPM, New Socialist Initiative, INSAF, Human Rights Law Network, People’s Democratic Front of India, Agriculture Workers Union, Karnataka, CHRI, PUCR, Haryana and several organisations in the country.

Pushkar Raj ( General Secreatary PUCL)
and Pramajeet ( Co-Coordinator PUDR )
(On behalf of the campaign)