Nigerian Torture Survivor Freed!
The Supreme Court in India has ordered the Delhi police to provide protection to two sisters and their family after they fled their village in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, fearing for their safety. The sisters had been ordered to be raped by the unelected all-male village council, which led to an international outcry and a huge number of appeals from Amnesty International activists.
Human rights activists Jaison C Cooper and Thushar Nirmal Sarathy were released on bail on 16 March, after being arrested on suspicion of being involved in unlawful activities because they had ‘proMaoist’ materials in their homes. Amnesty International’s campaign for them was highlighted in several media reports in India, and may have contributed to raising awareness about their arbitrary detention.
In April the Indian Supreme Court ruled that the affected communities must be consulted if Vedanta were to go ahead with any mining. In August, all 12 of the local villages rejected plans for the mine. Without consent from the local affected communities, the project cannot go forward.