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INDIA FOCUS: UK Academics, Activists Condemn Arrest of Human Rights Activists

New Delhi: Academics from several universities across the UK have written an open letter to “voice their alarm” over the arrests of human rights activists in recent times. The Wire, 20 September 2018

Describing the recent turn of events as a “consistent and ongoing suppression of intellectual freedoms in India that have escalated to shocking levels in the past four years”, the signatories have called for the “immediate and unconditional release” of the activists – Sudha Bharadwaj the National Secretary of the People’s Union of Civil Liberties and defence lawyer at the Bilaspur High Court in Chhattisgarh state, Varavara Rao, a well known Telugu poet, literary critic and social justice activist, Anand Teltumbde, an academic, Dalit intellectual and author of several books, Father Stan Swamy, an 83-year-old Catholic priest and campaigner for social justice, Arun Ferreira, a defence lawyer and writer, Vernon Gonsalves a social justice activist and campaigner for release of political prisoners, Gautam Navlakha a journalist and democratic rights activists and others.

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