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There is something terrible happening in India. The ruling party & its leader @narendramodi have decided to target two of the countries' leading constitutional lawyers & human rights activists, with harassment, legal action, raids on their homes. 1/ theweek.in/columns/Shobha…
@narendramodi Indira Jaising & Anand Grover have represented the homeless, the victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy, have been at the forefront of the fight for human rights, including that of LGBTQ people, women facing domestic violence, people living with AIDS. 2/ frontline.thehindu.com/the-nation/art…
@narendramodi Their work has been internationally recognized. Anand Grover was the UN General Secretary's Special Rapporteur on the right to health, and is a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights. 3/ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anand_Gro…
@narendramodi Indira Jaising was listed among the 50 Greatest Leaders of the World by Fortune magazine in 2018. She was the first woman to be to be designated a Senior Advocate by the High Court of Bombay & to be appointed Solicitor General of India. 4/ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indira_Ja…
@narendramodi On July 11, 2019, the Indian government raided their homes, and in the Delhi and Mumbai offices of Lawyers Collective, a rights issue NGO run by them, for alleged violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act. 5/ mainstreamweekly.net/article8858.ht…
@narendramodi No one believes that there is a basis for these charges & it is clear that as Indira Jaising has said “Mr Grover & I are being targeted for the human rights work that we have done over the years”. @narendramodi's attacks on the couple have been widely condemned inside India. 6/
@narendramodi The Bar Association of India "condemns the excessive, disproportionate and unjustified action, which amounts to an assault on the independence of lawyers engaged in constitutionally protected activities of advancing human rights and upholding the rule of law" 7/
@narendramodi The Bar Association of India statement is linked to here: livelaw.in/top-stories/ba… and here: drive.google.com/viewerng/viewe…. 8/
@narendramodi This is political thuggery by @narendramodi and has received international censure as well. Here in a joint statement from @hrw and @amnesty. 9/ hrw.org/news/2019/06/2…
@narendramodi @hrw @amnesty The International Commission of Jurists--eminent judges and lawyers from around the world have raised their voices in condemnation of @narendramodi's attacks on Jaising and Grover. 10/ @ICJ_org icj.org/india-authorit…
@narendramodi @hrw @amnesty @ICJ_org The Global Commission on Drug Policy--filled with former heads of states from around the world (e.g. Brazil, New Zealand, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Greece, Chile, Columbia)--has also spoken out . 11/ globalcommissionondrugs.org/wp-content/upl…
@narendramodi @hrw @amnesty @ICJ_org What can YOU do? First, retweet this entire thread. Second, write, email, call your local Indian Embassy or Consulate. Third, if you are a journalist--write about this story. What happens in India has profound repercussions for civil liberties across the globe. 12/
@narendramodi @hrw @amnesty @ICJ_org .@narendramodi is making an example of Anand Grover and Indira Jaising--two prominent citizens who have challenged laws, policies in India. Other authoritarian leaders throughout the world will be watching to see what happens. 13/
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