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India: Indigenous rights activist Sudha Bharadwaj featured in CIVICUS' #StandAsMyWitness campaign

'Why you should #StandAsMyWitness', July 18, 2020

a Bharadwaj is a human rights lawyer, with a focus on protecting the rights of Adivasi (indigenous) people in the state of Chattisgarh. She also served as the General Secretary of the Chattisgarh People’s Union for Civil Liberties. She was arrested in August 2018 and is accused of inciting Dalits at a public meeting together with ten other human rights defenders, leading to the violence in Bhima Koregaon village in the Pune district of Maharashtra on 1st January 2018. She and the ten others were charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) between June and August 2018. Others include Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson, Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Raut, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha and Dr. Anand Teltumbde. They are all currently in detention. Police subsequently claimed that the human rights defenders had links with ‘unlawful organisations’. She is being detained in Mumbai Byculla Women's Jail where an inmate had tested positive for coronavirus. She is diabetic and have hypertension and is seeking bail from the High Court after the special NIA court in Mumbai rejected her appeal on 29 May 2020...

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