UA2012

Urgent Appeal 2012

DECEMBER 2012

  • HRD Alert – India – December 17-Urgent Appeal for Action – West Bengal / Murshidabad: Human Rights Defender Falsely Accused of Rape

Mr. Gopen Chandra Sharma, a renowned human rights defender of Murshidabad district, West Bengal, India that has been falsely charged with rape.

  • HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action – Tamil Nadu / Kancheepuram: Violent threats issued to activists for protesting the recent caste violence instigated by PMK

Threats issued to activists of Makkal Mandram, an organization that has been protesting the recent caste violence instigated by political parties, by unidentified goons allegedly affiliated to Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and its associates.

  • HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action –December 12,2012- Tamil Nadu / Kancheepuram: Violent threats issued to activists for protesting the recent caste violence instigated by PMK

Violent threats issued to activists of Makkal Mandram, an organization that has been protesting the recent caste violence instigated by political parties, by unidentified goons allegedly affiliated to Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and its associates.

  • HRD Alert – India -December 10,2012- Urgent Appeal for Action – Uttar Pradesh: Human Rights Defender Receives Death Threats in Lucknow, India

Urvashi Sharma, a Human Rights Activist in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh that received a death threat because of the RTI Petitions she made to expose corruption of the State.

NOVEMBER 2012

  • HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action – India/MaharastraMumbai : Human Rights Defender Stabbed to Death in Mumbai 23rd November 2012

Brutal murder of Kapurchand Gupta, a Human Rights Activist, in Mumbai.

  • HRD Alert – India – November 22, 2012-Urgent Appeal for Action – Bangalore, Karnataka: Brutal Murder of RTI Activist Mr. Lingaraja

The brutal murder of Lingaraju, and RTI activist and former editor of the Kannada tabloid Mahaprachanda.

  • HRD Alert – India -November 22,2012- Urgent Appeal for Action – India/Karnataka Vijayapura : Physical Assault over RTI activist B.Ramakrishnappa for his attempts to expose scams in government office

B Ramakrishnappa, a Human Rights Monitor working in Vijayapura, Bangalore, Karnataka, who was physically assaulted.

  • HRD Alert – India – November 8,2012-Urgent Appeal for Action – Bardhanpur Village, Murshidabad District: Intimidation of Human Rights Defender

Verbal and physical intimidation and threats faced by Mr. Azimuddin Sarkar, a Human Rights Monitor working in Murshidabad District, West Bengal.

OCTOBER 2012

  • HRD Alert – India -October 24,2012- Urgent Appeal for Action – India/ Madhya Pradesh – Update on the detainment of human rights defenders Dr. Sunilam and Daya Mani Barla.

Detainment of human rights defenders Dr. Sunilam and Daya Mani Barla. This appeal is intended as an update to prior appeals that we submitted to your respected office on June 27th, 2011.

SEPTEMBER 2012

  • HRD Alert – India – September 25, 2012-Urgent Appeal for Action –Union Territory Puducherry/ Kuyavarpalayam: Brutal attack on a social activist and a journalist working for a social cause.

Allegations of verbal abuse, threats and brutal attack faced by Mr. Raja Raman, a journalist, and Mr. Muruganantham, social activist working for the rights of people in Kuyavarpalayam in the Union Territory Puducherry.

  • HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action September 25,2012– Tamilnadu: Tirunelveli District: False cases filed against the human rights defender Bharathan who is working for the dalit communities.

False cases implicated against Mr. Bharathan who is a human rights defender mainly working for the upliftment of the dalits in Tirunelveli District, in Southern Tamilnadu. Human Rights Defenders Alert – India had already issued an urgent appeal in May 29, 2009 condemning the filing of a false and baseless murder case against him. Now he has been also nominated for the Human Right Defenders Tulip prize.

  • HRD Alert – India – September 17,2012-Urgent Appeal for Action – Maharastra/ Mumbai District /Bandup: RTI activist thrashed for complaint against illegal factory on BMC land.

The attack on Naushad Khan, an RTI activist who was thrashed by 3 men for sending an RTI query to the BMC to get details of a plastic manufacturing unit that runs illegally on land that belongs to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).Mumbai, Maharashtra.

  • HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action-September 11,2012 – Uttar Pradesh/ Kanpur District/: Arrest of a Cartoonist cum Anti-Corruption Activist under sedition charges.

Allegations of arrest and baseless sedition charges faced by Mr. Aseem Trivedi, a cartoonist and anti-corruption activist in Kanpur District, Uttar Pradesh.

AUGUST 2012

  • HRD Alert – India – August 28,2012-Urgent Appeal for Action – Kerala/ Kannur District: Attack and threats faced by three activists of Social Democratic Party of India

Brutal attack and the threats faced by Mr. P T P Shamseer (35), Mr. K Sadath (31) and Mr. Nazeer (31), the three activists working for the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI). They were attacked by an unidentified gang of people in Mammakunnu near Melur under the Dharmadom police station limits, Kannur District of Kerala.

  • HRD Alert – India – August 3, 2012-Urgent Appeal for Action – Karnataka/ Mangalore/ Padil: Journalist faces false charges and threats for telecasting a mass attack.

Series of threats faced Mr. Naveen Soorinje, a journalist working for Kasturi News Channel in Mangalore, Karnataka.

 

JULY 2012

  • HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action – July 10,2012 India/Assam: RTI activist Akhil Gogoi attacked.

Brutal attack on the RTI activist Mr. Akhil Gogoi while he was taking stock of the flood situation in Punni village, Nalbari District, Assam.

  • HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action –India/Chhattisgarh: Raigarh-Environmental cum RTI activist Ramesh Agrawal shot at by unidentified men. 10th July 2012

Attack on RTI activist Mr. Ramesh Agrawal by unidentified gunmen in which he sustained bullet injuries.

  • HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action –July 3, 2012- India/Tamil Nadu: Tiruvannamalai district -Social activist Mr. Rajmohan Chandra hacked to death by an armed gang.

Brutal murder of a social activist Mr. Raj Mohan allegedly because of filing various petitions and Public Interest Litigations against influential people.

JUNE 2012

  • HRD Alert-India – Urgent Appeal for Action June 28, 2012– India/Uttar Pradesh: Civil rights activist-couple Seema Azad and Vishwavijay sentenced to life.

The conviction of civil rights activist Ms. Seema Azad and her husband Mr. Vishwavijay by the lower court of Allahabad under provisions of UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) for allegedly waging war against state, being Maoist and of involvement in “illegal” activities.

  • HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action – June-27,2012 Andhra Pradesh/ Hyderabad/Guntur District- Dalit RTI activist stabbed to death

Brutal killing of Mr. Perumalla Suryanarayana, a Dalit RTI (Right to Information) activist who had filed a number of RTI petitions seeking information regarding the land dealings and other property details of several people in the town of Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh.

  • HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action –June 27,2012-India/Haryana: Gurgaon – MLA harasses wife of RTI activist for exposing his alleged voting scam.

The harassment of RTI activist Mr. O P Kataria’s wife by the Gurgaon police who were allegedly acting at the behest of MLA Sukhbir Kataria.

  • HRDAlert – India –June 25, 2012-Urgent Appeal for Action –India/Tamil Nadu: Cuddalore False charges and threats against Mr. Sundararajan, a News reporter who addressed traffic related issues

Intimidation and the false charges leveled against Mr. Sundararajan, Dinamani (Newspaper) Reporter of Chidambaram region.

  • HRD Alert – India – Urgent Appeal for Action –India/Madhya Pradesh: Activist, who tried to expose Public Distribution System (PDS) scam, allegedly shot dead by police- June 20, 2012

Mr. Ambika Prasad Dubey, a social activist who was allegedly shot dead by the Jabalpur Police during an endeavor to expose a PDS Scam.

  • HRD Alert – India – Urgent Action – June 18, 2012-Bangalore – Detention of activists from SICHREM and other organizations during a protest.

Detention of activists from SICHREM and other organizations during a protest – June 18, 2012.

  • HRD Alert India-June 15-Pakistan: Death threats to Asma Jahangir, Former UN Special Rapporteur and noted Human Rights Defender.

Serious threat to the life of the Pakistan’s leading human rights activist and one of the most influential leaders of the bar there, Ms. Asma Jahangir via an information-leak from a responsible and highly credible source to her which has by now been reported widely in the media. In an interview telecast on the 4 th of June Ms. Jahangir alleged that Pakistani military and intelligence agencies have plotted to kill her.

MAY 2012

  • HRD Alert – India – May 17, 2012-Urgent Appeal for Action –Bihar/ Muzaffarpur District: RTI Activist Mr. Razi Hasan shot and battling for life.

RTI activist Mr Razi Hasan who was shot by unknown assailants near Muzaffarpur district, Bihar and was grievously hurt.

  • HRD Alert – India – May 17, 2012- Urgent Appeal for Action –India/New Delhi/Vasant Kunj – Death of RTI activist Ravinder Balwani under mysterious circumstances.

The mysterious death of RTI activist Mr. Ravinder Balwani in Vasant Kunj.

  • HRD Alert – India – May 10, 2012- Urgent Appeal for Action – Tamilnadu/Madurai District/ Illegal detention and false charges implicated on human rights defender along with his family members.

The false charges and illegal detention implicated on a human rights activist along with his family members.

  • HRD Alert – India – May 8, 2012-Urgent Appeal for Action – Tamilnadu: Tirunelveli District: Idinthakarai: For Withdrawal of existing false charges and stopping of new charges filed against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant Protestors (KKNPP) and immediate halting of the ongoing work at the Plant site.

False cases implicated against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant Protestors (KKNPP) and seek the withdrawal of the same and the immediate halting of the ongoing work at the Koodankulam site in Tirunelveli District, Tamilnadu. 

  • HRD Alert – India – May 4, 2012- Urgent Appeal for Action –India/Odisha: Sambalpur Lawyers and Bar Association members assaulted and abused by the District Collector.

The assault and verbal abuse that lawyers and Bar Association members were subjected to by the District Collector.

  • HRD Alert – India – May 02, 2012-Urgent Appeal for Action –India/Tamilnadu Sri Lankan Embassy vehicle pays a mysterious visit to Makkal Mandram.

The suspected spying activities of Sri Lankan government and its intelligence agencies on a human rights organization in a rural area in Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu, named Makkal Mandram 

APRIL 2012

  • HRD Alert – India – April 27’2012-Urgent Appeal for Action –India/Bihar-Nawada district–Ten French citizens deported by the Indian government on false allegations / HRD organization falsely labelled ‘Maoist’.

Bihar: Ten French citizens deported by the Indian government on false allegations / HRD organization falsely labelled ‘Maoist’

  • HRD Alert – India – April 25, 2012- Urgent Appeal for Action –India/West Bengal: Purulia district – Arrest on trumped up charges of 8 National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) workers.

West Bengal: Arrest on trumped up charges of 8 National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) workers

  • HRD Alert – India – April 23, 2012- Urgent Appeal for Action-India/Chhattisgarh: Sukma district – Abduction of IAS officer Mr. Alex Paul Menon by the Maoists – fear for his safety.

Over the alleged abduction of the IAS (Indian Administrative Service) Officer Mr. Alex Paul Menon by Maoists rebels in Chhattisgarh.

  • HRD Alert – India – April 18’12- Urgent Appeal for Action –India/Assam-Cachar District: A journalist and human rights defender assaulted in Assam and now at risk of life.

The assault and intimidation of a journalist and human rights defender Mr.Sibir Ahmed Barbhuiyan in Assam for exposing corruption in government works.

  • HRD Alert – India – April 12, 2012-Urgent Appeal for Action – West Bengal/ Kolkata/ Nonadanga: Forced eviction by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority and arbitrary arrest of civil rights activists.

The forced eviction of 300 houses by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority and arbitrary arrest of civil rights activists protesting the said evictions, in Nonadanga, Kolkata West Bengal

  • HRD Alert – India – April 9, 2012- Urgent Appeal for Action – Uttar Pradesh/Varanasi – Death threats, false in personification and fabricated charges imposed on an RTI activist Mr. Anil Maurya.

The death threats and false personification on RTI activist Mr. Anil Kumar Maurya for his alleged involvement in filing of RTI’s to bring out the Cooking Gas Scam.

MARCH 2012

  • HRD Alert – India – March 24’ 2012 – Urgent Appeal for Action – Srilanka: Three Human Rights Defenders are under threats and pressure for defeating impunity and raising their voices against human rights violations in their country.

Three Human Rights defenders in SriLanka are under threat.

  • HRD Alert – India – U March 22, 2012-Urgent Appeal for Action –India/Tamil Nadu: Tirunelveli/ Koodankulam – attack on innocent people protesting against Nuclear power Plant.

Attack on innocent people protesting against Nuclear Power Plant in Koodankulam/ Thirunelveli.

  • HRD Alert – India – March 14, 2012-Urgent Appeal for Action – India/Tamil Nadu- Tirunelveli: Activist fighting sand mafia mowed down by truck.

The case of young anti-mining activist Mr. Sathish who was ran over by a truck by the sand mafia.

  • HRD Alert – India – March 10”12-Urgent Appeal for Action – India/Madhya Pradesh: Morena – IPS officer killed for stopping illegal mining.

The case of an IPS Officer crushed to death while he tried to stop illegal mining activity.

  • HRD Alert – India –March 6- Urgent Appeal for Action – Madhya Pradesh/ Bhopal/ Rewa District – Threats and brutal killing of a journalist Mr. Rajesh Mishra.

The brutal killing of Mr. Rajesh Mishra, a journalist

 

FEBRUARY 2012

  • HRD Alert – India – February 28’12-Urgent Appeal for Action –India/Maharashtra: Thane – RTI activist Premkanth Jha shot dead.

Maharashtra: RTI activist Premkumar Jha shot dead in Thane

  • HRD Alert – India – February’27-Urgent Appeal for Action –Jharkhand/Jamshedpur- False and fabricated charges imposed on trade union activists for raising their voices for a social cause.

The false and fabricated charges imposed on the Jharkhand Krantikari Mazdoor Union activists who were raising their voices for the villagers who have been displaced by the Uranium Corporation of India Limited management.

  • HRD Alert – India – February 16-Urgent Appeal for Action –India/Odisha: Kandhamal-Illegal arrest and detention of Human rights defender Junash Pradhan on false charges.

illegal arrest and detention of the human rights defender and social activist Mr. Junash Pradhan under false charges.

  • HRD Alert-India –February 9’2012 Urgent Appeal for Action – India: Rajasthan/Bikaner district – RTI activist, Dudhram attacked for his attempts to expose scam in MNREGA scheme.

Rajasthan: RTI activist, Dudhram attacked for his attempts to expose scam in MNREGA scheme

JANUARY 2012

  • HRD Alert – India – January 31, 2012-Urgent Appeal for Action –India / Tamil Nadu / Tirunelveli: Assault and stone-pelting on Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant Protestors including women activists.

Tamil Nadu: Assault and stone-pelting on Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant Protestors including women activists 

  • HRD Alert – India – January 30, 2012- Urgent Appeal for Action – Andhra Pradesh/Yanam/ Killing of a trade union activist Mr.Murali Mohan who was demanding justice for the workers in Regency Ceramics Limited Factory .

Andhra Pradesh: Killing of a trade union activist who was demanding justice for the workers in Regency Ceramics Limited Factory

  • HRD Alert – India – January 27′ 2012 Urgent Appeal for Action – Uttar Pradesh /Varanasi – Attack and threat to life against human rights defender Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi.

Uttar Pradesh: Attack and threat to life against human rights defender Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi in Varanasi

  • HRD Alert – India -January 21’ 2012 Urgent Appeal for Action – India/Gujarat/Godhra: – Activist Shabnam Hashmi and 5 others detained by Kheda Police

Gujarat: Godhra: –Activist Shabnam Hashmi and 5 others detained by Kheda Police

  • HRD Alert – India – January 19, 2012-Urgent Appeal for Action – India/Jharkhand-Ranchi – Case of illegal police action against a Human Rights Defender Ms. Dayamani Barla of Ranchi.

Jharkhand: Case of illegal police action against a Human Rights Defender Ms. Dayamani Barla

  • HRD Alert – India –January 13’2012 Urgent Appeal for Action – India: Tamil Nadu/Chennai: RTI activist S.Bhuvaneshwaran hacked to death.

Tamil Nadu: RTI activist S.Bhuvaneshwaran hacked to death in Chennai

  • HRD Alert – India – January 3′ 2012 Urgent Appeal for Action – India/ Karnataka/Hassan – RTI activist Mr.Mari Joseph claims threat to life from officials.

Karnataka: Denial of information and death threats faced by Mr. Mari Joseph a RTI activist in Hassan

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