- NEWSFLASH: A forensic investigation conducted by Boston, USA-based Arsenal Consulting has shown that key pieces of evidence against the BK-16 accused were planted through the use of malware. You can read more at the Washington Post.
The BK16 campaign is aimed at mobilizing international support and attention to the arrests and persecution of sixteen human rights and civil liberties defenders in India. All have been falsely accused in what has come to be known as the Bhima-Koregaon case.
In its essence, it is defending the most fundamental rights of citizens in any democracy, which are all under assault, including the right to liberty and the right to freedom of speech and expression. It is also defending the right to dissent, which is the lifeblood of any democracy.
It is shameful that the government has gone after champions of people’s rights, particularly elderly champions like 83-year-old Stan Swamy, 80-year-old poet Varavara Rao, and 70-year-old professor Anand Teltumbde during a global pandemic. Many of those incarcerated as political prisoners have severe conditions, including Parkinson’s Disease in the case of Stan Swamy. Each of these figures have a long record of service, and it is a matter of deep shame that instead of celebrating these champions of people’s rights, the Indian government is persecuting them.
- Background of the Bhima Koregaon 16 (BK16) Case
- Read about fact-finding report that indicted Hindutva functionaries (Milind Ekbote and Shambhaji Bhide)
- Who Are the BK16?
- Timeline of the BK16 Case
- Why is the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) Problematic?
- See also a recent piece on How the UAPA Repackages Ideas As Crimes
- Solidarity Statements from Around the World
- Additional Information:
- See A Preliminary Report in October 2019 by the Justice Defenders Program (American Bar Association Center for Human Rights) of the Bhima Koregaon judicial records which raised serious concern regarding procedural irregularities, abuse of process, and violations of fundamental human rights.
- See also a recent urgent call by American Bar Association demanding release of “arbitrarily detailed human rights defenders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”
- 130 Lawyers appeal for prisoner release under COVID