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Emergency Redux

The conviction of civil rights activists Seema Azad and Vishwa Vijay once again highlights the blatant misuse of internal security laws Ilina Sen, Vice-president, People’s Union for Civil Liberties AS WE remember the clamping down of Emergency on the people of the Republic of India 38 years ago, why is it that our thoughts turn, almost as […]

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Seema-Vishwavijay Rihai Manch formally launched at Allahabad as a Broad, Open-ended Coalition

Allahabad, July 7. In a significant breakthrough after two and a half years of the aura of terror built here around the arrest, denial of bail and the recent sentencing to life of Seema Azad and VIshwavijay, the founding conference of the Seema-Vishwavijay Rihai Manch was successfully held yesterday evening at the historic Students’ Union […]

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Miscarriage of Justice in the Seema Azad and Vishwa Vijay Case

The case of Seema Azad and her husband Vishwa Vijay is based upon instructions from higher authorities to arrest them. The case of the prosecution in the FIR quite clearly shows that they were arrested on such instructions. The material allegations in the FIR are as follows: On 06.02.2010 the Special Task Force (STF) headquarters […]

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PUCL to appeal against Seema Azad’s conviction

People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) will explore legal options in the wake of the life term awarded to its Uttar Pradesh unit organising secretary Seema Azad by an Allahabad court. Ms. Azad, a post graduate in psychology from Allahabad University, and her husband Vishwavijay Kamal were arrested in Allahabad on February 6, 2010 on […]

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Update in the Seema Azad case: Protest on June 26th

Kavita Srivastava This is short note to give you a quick update in the Seema Azad case. At a few hours notice a meeting was called on the 13th of June, 2012 at the Gandhi Peace Foundation against the conviction by a trial court sentencing the Seema Azad and her husband Vishwa Vijay to life […]

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Verdict on Seema Azad and Vishwa Vijay: A pattern of judicial connivance to arbitrariness of the state in dealing with dissent

COMMITTEE FOR THE RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS 185/3, FOURTH FLOOR, ZAKIR NAGAR, NEW DELHI-110025 The singer was singing And they question him Why do you sing? He answers them as they seize him Because I sing And they have searched him: In his breast only his heart In his heart only his people In his […]

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Seema Azad branded Maoist for exposing police, says PUCL

Following is the letter submitted in Feb 2010, when Seema was arrested alongwith her husband Letter to the National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi We want to acknowledge you that Seema Azad, journalist, human rights worker and executive member of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), her husband former student leader Vishwavijay, and friend Asha, […]

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Rights activist Seema Azad to appeal conviction at High Court

NEW DELHI — Rights activists Seema Azad and her husband, Vishwa Vijay, who were Friday sentenced by a court in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, to life imprisonment for alleged seditious activities, will appeal their conviction at the high court. “My sister and her husband have been convicted on the basis false and fabricated evidence,” Azad’s sister, […]

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Seema Azad Verdict: Another Attempt to Silence the Critical Democratic Voice -PUDR

PEOPLE’S UNION FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS Press Statement 10th June 2012 PUDR strongly condemns the verdict of a lower Court in Allahabad awarding life sentence to Civil Rights activist Seema Azad and her spouse Vishvvijay on charges of sedition, waging war and under several provisions of the draconian law, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Additional District […]

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Fact Sheet: Miscarriage of Justice in the Seema Azad and Vishwa Vijay Case

The case of Seema Azad and her husband Vishwa Vijay is based upon instructions from higher authorities to arrest them. The case of the prosecution in the FIR quite clearly shows that they were arrested on such instructions. The material allegations in the FIR are as follows: On 06.02.2010 the Special Task Force (STF) headquarters […]