India: comunity-based defenders beaten up, arrested for staging anti-CAA protestEvent
- Initial Date
- Feb 5, 2020
- Event Description
In addition to the excessive use of force by the police to disperse the protestors, an FIR was registeredat Bilariyaganj police stationin Azamgarhagainst atleast 135 people.It is alleged by the police that the protest was a platform for inflammatory speech as well as derogatory comments on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with rioting and other charges. Among the 135 people, 35 have been named so far and 20have already been arrested, other 100 are unnamed and HRDA fears this will be used to target HRDs and those who express dissent against CAA and government policies in Azamgarh.FIR has been filed under sections 147 (rioting), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups), 124-A(sedition), 504 (insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 307 (attempt to murder),120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and under Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act and section 7 Criminal Law Amendment Act (CLA).Such serious charges against peaceful protestors exercising their fundamental rights to assemble andexpress is highly condemnable, which are guaranteed by the constitution as well as in International law through several instruments.
Protestorswere protesting peacefully against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act.The police also registered anFIR at Bilariyaganj police station against at least 135 people, of which only 35 have been named and the rest are unidentified, for allegedly using foul language against Hindus and Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi.Twenty people named in the FIR have also been arrested.The measures taken by the police to forcefully disperse protestors as well as charge them with several charges including rioting areblatant violation of their rights to freedom of assembly and association and theirright to peaceful protest.The police action also flouted all provisions of the operating procedures the UP police has to adhere in the management of assemblies. Protestorsincludedhuman rights defenders, womenand citizens from varied social backgroundsand civil society groups, attending the sit-in rally,who were subjected tobrutallathi charge, ill-treatmentand teargas. Those arrested also include a 16-year old boy who works as a cleaner, a woman who identified as Munni Bano who was released later due to health condition and NationalGeneral Secretary of Ulema Council Maulana Tahir Madani.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- (Arbitrary) Arrest and Detention
- Judicial Harassment
- Violence (physical)
- Rights Concerned
- Freedom of assembly
- Freedom of association
- Right to healthy and safe environment
- Right to liberty and security
- Right to Protest
- Community-based HRD
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 5 February 2020, a large group of community-based HRDs including WHRDs was beaten up by the police while staging a peaceful protest; some of them have been later arrested, others charged in Azamgarh, India.