Dr Binayak Sen, who is in Raipur jail following his conviction by a Chhattisgrah sessions judge on a charge of sedition, will be 61 tomorrow.
People’s Watch has appealed to human rights defenders everywhere to demonstrate solidarity with him on his birthday.
Below is a message received from People's Watch in this connection:
January 03, 2011
Dear colleagues and friends,
New Year’s Greetings!
Tomorrow, the 4th of January, 2011, is the 61st birthday of Dr. Binayak Sen. Let us flood the Raipur Jail with greetings, telegrams and cards to Dr. Sen wishing him on his birthday.
Raipur Additional District and Sessions Judge B. P. Verma sentenced PUCL’s (People’s Union for Civil Liberties) National Vice President Dr. Binayak Sen to life imprisonment under charges of sedition 124 (A) of the IPC read with conspiracy (120-B IPC) along with convicting him concurrently u/s 8-(1), (2), (3) and (5) of the Chhattisgarh Vishesh Jan Suraksha Adhiniyam,2005 (Chhattisgarh Special Public Safety Act, 2005) and u/sec 39 (2) of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 2004 (amended) on the 24th of December 2010. Dr Binayak Sen is a pioneer of health care to marginalized and indigenous communities in Chhattisgarh, where the state police and armed Maoists have been engaged in clashes over the last seven years. He has reported on unlawful killings of Adivasis (Indigenous People) by the police and by Salwa Judum, a private militia widely held to be sponsored by the state authorities to fight the armed Maoists.
Appended (picture above) is a model greeting that you could use.
The email id to send messages to Dr. Binayak Sen on his birthday on 4th January 2011 is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fax number to send him birthday messages is 92-771- 2886313. The telephone number is 91- 771-2886027.
With best regards,
HRD Alert - India and People's Watch