07/03/2018

Urgent Action: Protesters Being Held in Administrative Detention (India: UA 124.18)


Five protesters have been held under administrative detention since 10 June after participating in protests demanding the closure of a copper plant in southern India. Under the repressive National Security Act (NSA), people can be detained for up to 12 months on loosely defined grounds of maintenance of public order. The NSA has been used to target protesters and human rights defenders in India.

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Five protesters have been held under administrative detention since 10 June after participating in protests demanding the closure of a copper plant in southern India. Under the repressive National Security Act (NSA), people can be detained for up to 12 months on loosely defined grounds of maintenance of public order. The NSA has been used to target protesters and human rights defenders in India.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Immediately release Kaliloor Rahuman, Mohamad Anas, Mohamad Irasath, Kottaiyan and Velmurugan (also known as Murugan) from administrative detention unless they are charged with recognizable criminal offences;
  • Pending their release, ensure that the men are not subjected to torture or other ill-treatment;
  • End the use of administrative detention under the National Security Act or any other law in force.

Contact these two officials by 14 August, 2018:
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Edappadi K. Palaniswami,  
Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu, Secretariat, 
Fort St. George,
Chennai 600009, India
Fax: +91 442 567 0930
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Chief Minister

Ambassador Navtej Sarna, Embassy of India
2107 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 939 7000 | Fax: 202 265 4351
Email: [email protected]
Contact Form: https://www.indianembassy.org/pages.php?id=15
Twitter: @NavtejSarna
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IndiaInUSA
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
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