2016 Front Line Defenders Award – Secure Online Nomination Form

2016 Front Line Defenders Award – Secure Online Nomination Form

You can now submit your nomination for the 2016 Front Line Defenders Award online. Simply answer the questions below in the boxes provided and when you have answered all of the questions, input the four digit security code and click on the submit button.

Please note:

  • Incomplete nominations will not be considered.
  • Nominations can be submitted by organisations or individuals.
  • Individual nominees may not play a prominent role in a political party and must be currently active in human rights work (the Front Line Defenders Award is not intended to recognise a historical or posthumous contribution).
  • Nominees should be active human rights defenders and must not be living in exile.
  • Self-nomination is not permitted.
  • All nominations must be accompanied by the names and contact details of 2 referees.

 

We hope this message finds you well and enjoying a renewed energy for your work for human rights as we begin the new year.

We wanted to let you know that we are currently accepting nominations for the Twelfth Annual Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk (2016).

As you may know, the Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk was established in 2005 to honour the work of a human rights defender who, through non-violent work, is courageously making an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of the human rights of others, often at great personal risk to themselves.

The Award seeks to focus international attention on the human rights defender’s work, thus contributing to the recipient’s personal security, and a cash prize of €15,000 is awarded to the Award recipient and his/her organisation in an effort to support the continuation of this important work.

If you would like to nominate a human rights defender for the Twelfth Annual Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk (2016), please click on the following link to access a secure online nomination form: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/secure/nomination.php (English)

We will continue to accept nominations until midnight (12am GMT) on Friday, 19th February 2016.

Please note:

  • Incomplete nominations will not be considered. Please complete the nomination form in full and provide all of the information requested.
  • Nominations can be submitted by organisations or individuals.
  • Nominations can be made in English, Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic and Farsi. We will also accept Chinese and Portuguese submissions via the English and Spanish nomination forms respectively.
  • Individual nominees may not play a prominent role in a political party and must be currently active in human rights work (the Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk is not intended to recognise a historical or posthumous contribution).
  • Nominees should be active human rights defenders, and must not be living in exile.
  • Self-nomination is not permitted.
  • All nominations must be accompanied by 2 referees.
  • Late nominations cannot be accepted.

Please feel free to share this call for nominations with your colleagues and network.

Wishing you all the best,

The Front Line Defenders team

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/secure/nomination.php

FIR against BJP MLA for ‘attacking’ activists

FIR against BJP MLA for ‘attacking’ activists
 
A day after an FIR was lodged against a BJP MLA and about 35 persons for allegedly attacking a group working for social activists Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey, police arrested four persons in connection with the violence.
 
Though the FIR does not name the MLA, the activists who were allegedly attacked have confirmed that the MLA from Aklera, Kanwar Lal Meena, was involved in the incident.
 
A 100-day jawabdehi yatra questioning accountability of the government and raising awareness about its schemes across Rajasthan began in December last year. It saw the participation of about 100 organisations under the banner ‘Soochana Evam Rozgar Ka Adhikar Abhiyan’. The yatra has a major participation from Ms. Roy and Mr. Dey’s organisation Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS).
 
On Saturday evening, members partaking in the yatra, including women, were attacked by a mob in Jhalawar district’s Aklera region. They have alleged that MLA Meena and about 35 of his supporters beat the activists with lathis and slapped some women.
 
“The yatra was being taken out peacefully until it was suddenly attacked by a mob,” Mr. Dey said in a statement to the media on Sunday.
 
A statement issued by the MKSS said: “The BJP MLA began the assault by attacking MKSS activist Shankar Singh… The MLA’s followers then lathi-charged the unarmed members in the yatra and slapped two women activists, broke glass panes of two vehicles, and forcibly seized the camera form an independent filmmaker and beat him up.”
 
The Congress party has strongly criticised the actions of the BJP MLA. Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sachin Pilot and former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot called it “a new low in the BJP-ruled State where activists were being targeted”.
 
Video of MLA’s act
 
On Sunday, a 56-second long video of the attack emerged showing a mob charging towards the activists. The recording shows MLA Meena with a lathi charging towards the activists, beating them and chasing other activists.
 
However, speaking to The Hindu , the MLA denied any role in the violence. “I heard about the attack and I went to the spot to stop the violence. I am being falsely accused of participating in the violence.”
 
Jhalawar Superintendent of Police Rajendra Singh said, “An MLA has also been named in the FIR and the investigation is on to find out whether he was involved in the attacks, or not.”
 
Speaking to the media on Sunday, Ms. Roy and Mr. Dey “condemned the act of violence” and along with Kavita Srivastava of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties met the district authorities over the incident.
 
The violence took place in the Lok Sabha constituency of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s son Dushyant Singh.
 
 
Congress party leaders condemn attack, say a new low in the
 
BJP-ruled State
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/fir-against-bjp-mla-for-attacking-activists/article8117804.ece

Rajasthan BJP MLA “slapped me on my right-jaw when I asked why he was hitting us”: Woman RTI activist

Rajasthan BJP MLA “slapped me on my right-jaw when I asked why he was hitting us”: Woman RTI activist

“BJP MLA slapped me when I asked him to stop attacking”, a social activist participating in the Soochna Evum Rozgar Adhikaar Abhiyaan, a Right to Information (RTI) and Employment campaign organization, which encompasses about 150 different organizations across Rajasthan. The incident, reported by Couterview, took place on Saturday evening.

Accusing Kanwar Lal Meena of also hitting her when she tried to stop his men from attacking her colleagues, activist Radhikar Ganesh said, “We were begging the police to help us, they were at least 5-6 of them standing there, but they did not help us”, adding, a woman in the crowd told her, “The MLA himself is hitting you, the policemen won’t do anything, go from here.”
The incident took place in Aklera town in Jhalawar district as part of the state-wide yatra, spearheaded by the Mazdoor Kisaan Shakti Sanghatan (MKSS). Of the 63 activists, 12 including, some women were, were grievously injured. Jhalawar is Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s home district and her constituency Jhalraptan is in the same district.
In her eyewitness account released by a prominent news site, Ganesh said, the incident took place when one of the campaigners, Shankar Singh, founder of MKSS, started doing a puppet show and explaining what the campaign was about.
“All of a sudden, three young men with lathis came charging towards us”, she said, giving a graphic picture how they pushed and hit them. One of them attacked Anurag Singh, an independent documentary filmmaker who was shooting and documenting the whole yatra.
As a constable standing nearby refused any help, Shankar Singh announced end of the programme. “We started walking towards the exit, where our bus was standing. Within 5 minutes of the first attack, about 45-50 men armed with lathis came charging at us from two different directions”, said Ganesh.
The man in a brown jacket and orange shirt – who was identified as the MLA later – first hit Shankar Singh. Other men thrashed the jeep and mike systems. “Everybody was getting hit. All our volunteers were getting dragged and hit with our own placards”, she said.
Immediately thereafter, she said, “I went to the MLA and started screaming at him asking why he was hitting us. He slapped me on my right-jaw. He ran towards Anurag, who was holding the camera… Anurag started running and found a police jeep parked. He tried to enter it asking for help, the constable pushed him out and locked the jeep.”

“A mob of about 20-25 men started running towards Anurag. Now everyone went behind Anurag, so the mob left us. I saw a bunch of them taking Anurag’s camera away. I looked at the policemen near us and asked them to get the camera, but they did not respond”, Ganesh said, adding, they found him in the “gully”, so “we picked him and brought him out.”A mobile video footage of the incident
Things did not end till one of the activists called Nikhil Dey, senior member of the MKSS, who “immediately called the chief minister’s office and the DGP in Jaipur”, and “30 minutes later a deputy SP came to the spot”, she said, adding, this was folled by the visit of the district collector and SP.
After the activists told them what all had happened, Ganesh said, the Collector called the MLA asked the MLA for the camera. “About three hours later, a young boy walked in with Anurag’s camera. The camera was broken. The tape was taken out and jammed shut with Feviquick”, she said.

Click HERE to read complete personal accout by Radhika Ganesh

 

http://www.counterview.net/2016/01/rajasthan-bjp-mla-slapped-me-on-my.html

 

HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action – West Bengal: Attempt to intimidate a practicing pro-bono Lawyer and human rights defender Mr. Rana Mohanta by the police officials of Islampur Police Station, district Murshidabad, West Bengal.

HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action – West Bengal: Attempt to intimidate a practicing pro-bono Lawyer and human rights defender Mr. Rana Mohanta by the police officials of Islampur Police Station, district Murshidabad, West Bengal.

HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action – Tamilnadu – Case of physical assault, ill treatment and arrest of three social activists and human rights defenders Mr. Jayaram Venkatesan, Mr. Chandra Mohan and Mr. Athher Ahmed of a Chennai based voluntary organization “Arappor Iyakkam” by police officials of Mylapore police station, Chennai, Tamilnadu. The activists were assaulted by the supporters of AIADMK party while they were pulling down illegal banners and hoardings creating inconvenience for the public in their free movement and safety.

HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action – Tamilnadu – Case of physical assault, ill treatment and arrest of three social activists and human rights defenders Mr. Jayaram Venkatesan, Mr. Chandra Mohan and Mr. Athher Ahmed of a Chennai based voluntary organization “Arappor Iyakkam” by police officials of Mylapore police station, Chennai, Tamilnadu. The activists were assaulted by the supporters of AIADMK party while they were pulling down illegal banners and hoardings creating inconvenience for the public in their free movement and safety.

HRD Alert – India – Appeal for Action: – Karnataka – Vidya Dinker – Social activist and woman human rights defender Ms. Vidya Dinker targeted online with abusive comments, rape threats and other ‘dire consequences’ by Hindu right wing forces after she complained against Bajrang Dal activists for allegedly intimidating cinema halls to forcibly stop the screening of Shah Rukh Khan- starrer Hindi film “Dilwale” in the district of Mangaluru in the Indian state of Karnataka.

HRD Alert – India – Appeal for Action: – Karnataka – Vidya Dinker – Social activist and woman human rights defender Ms. Vidya Dinker targeted online with abusive comments, rape threats and other ‘dire consequences’ by Hindu right wing forces after she complained against Bajrang Dal activists for allegedly intimidating cinema halls to forcibly stop the screening of Shah Rukh Khan- starrer Hindi film “Dilwale” in the district of Mangaluru in the Indian state of Karnataka.

HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action – Karnataka – Mr. Bangalore Raju Venkatesh Prasanna: Karnataka Information Commission recommends prohibition on the cases of RTI activist and human rights defender Mr. Bangalore Raju Venkatesh Prasanna after declaring him abuser for using Right to Information Act (RTI) to expose administrative corruption. The RTI activist was also threatened after he questioned the style of functioning of Commissioner Mr. L. Krishnamurthy in Bangalore district of Karnataka.

HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action – Karnataka – Mr. Bangalore Raju Venkatesh Prasanna: Karnataka Information Commission recommends prohibition on the cases of RTI activist and human rights defender Mr. Bangalore Raju Venkatesh Prasanna after declaring him abuser for using Right to Information Act (RTI) to expose administrative corruption. The RTI activist was also threatened after he questioned the style of functioning of Commissioner Mr. L. Krishnamurthy in Bangalore district of Karnataka.

HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action – Gujarat: Case of Intimidation and repeated threats to the life of a visually-challenged RTI activist and human rights defender Mr. Ratna Ala after the killing of his close relative Mr. Karsan Ala for exposing illegal mining activities in village Rangpar, district Morbi, Gujrat

HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action – Gujarat: Case of Intimidation and repeated threats to the life of a visually-challenged RTI activist and human rights defender Mr. Ratna Ala after the killing of his close relative Mr. Karsan Ala for exposing illegal mining activities in village Rangpar, district Morbi, Gujrat

HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action – Andhra Pradesh: Case of harassment, threat, slapping of false cases and opening a rowdy sheet in a malicious manner against RTI activist Mr. Doddi Ramana by the Vishakhapatnam police, Andhra Pradesh.

HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action – Andhra Pradesh: Case of harassment, threat, slapping of false cases and opening a rowdy sheet in a malicious manner against RTI activist Mr. Doddi Ramana by the Vishakhapatnam police, Andhra Pradesh.

Activists Still in Jail For Pulling Down Jayalalithaa’s Hoardings

Activists Still in Jail For Pulling Down Jayalalithaa’s Hoardings

Three activists of Arappor Iyakkam, an NGO, are still in Chennai’s Puzhal Central Prison for pulling down the banners and hoardings of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on TTK Road on Thursday.
Activists Jayaram Venkatesan, Chandra Mohan and Athher Ahmed were arrested after a tussle with AIADMK members and produced at a city court, which remanded them to 15 days judicial custody, according to The Times of India.
Police officers said that the activists were arrested for damaging “public property”. Mylapore inspector Sam Vincent said the party had taken permission from the Chennai collector before putting up the hoardings.
In 2008, the Madras High Court and Supreme Court had banned hoardings in the city and only allowed putting those up after official clearance.
The activists were arrested at 12:30 pm on Thursday and kept in Abiramapuram police station till 4:30 pm, later taken to the Mylapore police station and reached Puzhal jail around 11 pm. A R Ramiah, a fellow activist, alleged that the activists were not given any food or allowed to speak to their family members. He further said that they will apply for bail on Monday.