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Jul 11, 2021 63 tweets 13 min read
Hello! This is the Innocence Network tweeting today's event in this #thread 👇🏾

We are an all-India collective of individuals & orgs working on the issue of wrongful & malicious prosecution under charges of terrorism, facilitated by exonerees + civil liberties groups. 1/n Sharib: Today marks 300 days of #UmarKhalid's arrest, 500 days of farmer's protest, Lingaraj Azad, Hidme Markam, a week since Stan Swamy was killed...so many Varavara Rao, Gautam, Surendra Gadling, Meeran Haider, Sharjeel...many many others, students from more than 30 unis...2/n
Jul 10, 2021 10 tweets 3 min read
The Innocence Network will takeover this handle from 7-9pm tomorrow IST to live tweet this event! #IndiasWarOfTerror

Alt text & details in #thread 1/n Image is an event poster with a white background. Top left corner has a logo, a red circle with four vertical white lines and one white line slashing through it, with “innocence network” underneath. Top right has a red semi-circle and (2/n)
Jun 18, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
In 2012, 29-year-old Mohammed Ilyas was arrested in Nanded on the claim that he was part an LeT conspiracy. At the time, his youngest child was just over two weeks old. After his arrest, his fruit shop was forced shut with the landlord asking them to vacate the premises...1/9 Along with him, 24-year-old Mohammed Irfan, the owner of an inverter battery shop was also arrested on the same charges. After 7 years in jail, Bombay HC granted him bail, and just when he was rebuilding his life, the SC ordered a stay on the order and he was back in jail...2/9
Jun 18, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Siddique Kappan, Atiqur Rahman, Masood Ahmed and Alam were arrested en-route to reporting on a case of rape & murder of a Dalit woman in Hathras.

On June 15th, a Mathura court dropped bailable charges against them...1/n S.151, 107, 116 of CrPC were dropped because the police failed to complete enquiry within the prescribed period of 6 months. Non-Bailable charges such UAPA and sedition have not been dropped and mean they will continue to be detained. 2/n
Sep 7, 2020 16 tweets 6 min read
Thread on Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS), a new information infrastructure being build by Ministry of Home Affairs. According to a press release by MHA, home secretary stated "along with CCTNS, ICJS will offer a 360 degree profile of anyone". mha.gov.in/sites/default/… ICJS is a phase 2 extension of Crime and Criminal Tracking Networks and Systems (CCTNS). While CCTNS links all police stations to share information on crime, ICJS inter-links CCTNS with e-courts, e-prisons and e-forensics systems in India. Essentially centralizing information.
Aug 27, 2020 8 tweets 3 min read
<THE CASE TIMELINE>

27–28 Aug 2018
Aasif Sultan arrested after a raid at his residence that lasted for almost 2 hours, between 11:15 pm to 1:27 am

31 Aug 2018
J&K Police issued a press release, misrepresenting the date of his arrest being 4 days later than the actual date 08 Sep 2018
Aasif Sultan sent to Srinagar Central Jail, Jammu and Kashmir

03 Oct 2018
According to a statement filed before a judge in Srinagar, the state accused Sultan of being in touch with a militant group and promoting it on social media
Jul 9, 2020 15 tweets 10 min read
⚡️Here’s a master thread ⚡️of a ten day curation on #AntiTerrorLaws & #UAPA led by @GuneetKaurAhuja & @aimanjkhan who brought to fore critical inputs from Sahana Manjesh, Parijata @mrinpinshar, @SarimNaved & @meeracomposes: 1/ Day 1: on the colonial legacy of the legal concept of “unlawful association” which underpins contemporary anti-terror laws in India: 2/
Jun 27, 2020 10 tweets 4 min read
#Policebrutality and impunity in India: TW
P Jayaraj & his son Bennix were arrested for violating #lockdown rules. They were brutally tortured & killed in police custody. The details of their torture are horrifying. This was followed by FIR cover up, doctor's deliberate suppression of health condition, and magistrate B Saravanan's remand orders without physically seeing the Jayaraj and Fenix.
Jun 26, 2020 42 tweets 31 min read
Hello, now that we know that UAPA is a repressive law that needs to go. What can we do for #RepealUAPA? As we build this online dialogue against UAPA, it's important that we continue to amplify the voices of those fighting against UAPA at the grassroots. 1/n For today's thread, @meeracomposes has collated grassroots efforts against UAPA & resources that can be used to read, educate & agitate against #uapa. Meera is a national convenor of @napmindia, & is an active member of several women's & trans rights movements. 2/n
Jun 25, 2020 16 tweets 6 min read
Hello, we are @GuneetKaurAhuja
and @aimanjkhan, Today's curation is by Advocate Sarim Naved (@SarimNaved). He is a criminal lawyer based out of Delhi. He has handled several UAPA cases. Image I am @SarimNaved! The problem with the UAPA is that it creates a category of accused with dramatically restricted rights. It is one thing to have special laws for terrorism, it is another thing to shoehorn all dissidence under the definition of terrorism. 1/n
Jun 24, 2020 31 tweets 6 min read
Hello, we are @GuneetKaurAhuja and @aimanjkhan, today's curation will focus on how the provisions of UAPA overlook key international human rights standards. This curation is done by @mrinpinshar from @AIIndia! 1/n Image I am Mrinal (@mrinpinshar). Today, I am going to look at how UAPA, India’s premier counter-terrorism law fails to measure up to international human rights obligations which is ironic because the govt often relies on international laws to justify UAPA’s draconian provisions. 2/n
Jun 23, 2020 37 tweets 9 min read
Hello, we are @GuneetKaurAhuja and @aimanjkhan. Today, we examine how UAPA became a handy tool for the party in power to manipulate investigations into mass violence incidents, protect real perpetrators, quell peaceful protests & persecute protestors & other rights defenders. 1/n This is an old sinister strategy, used by the party in power after 2002 anti-Muslim pogrom, as well. Then, investigations were botched to protect perpetrators & POTA used to further persecute Muslim community & silence those demanding accountability. 2/n
hrw.org/reports/2003/i…
Jun 22, 2020 12 tweets 3 min read
The following thread has been curated by @mrinpinshar from @AIIndia, using data from National Crime Record Bureau’s annual crime statistics to observe patterns that have emerged in the ways that UAPA has been used. 1/n Governments in India have routinely used the suspension of regular procedure under the UAPA to bypass human rights. The annual crime statistics compiled by the National Crime Record Bureau every year present a compelling illustration.2/n
Jun 22, 2020 24 tweets 8 min read
Helle, we are @aimanjkhan & @GuneetKaurAhuja. On Friday, we discussed how UAPA's wide powers to discriminatory governments & investigating agencies are arbitrarily used to target minorities, marginalized & HRDs. 1/n Today, we will elaborate on how a UAPA accused is denied his/her/their right to life & liberty, as well as the right to a free & fair trial. The pre-trial & trial processes are designed to punish an accused person. 2/n
Jun 19, 2020 30 tweets 9 min read
Hello, we are @aimanjkhan & @GuneetKaurAhuja. Today, we will discuss how #UAPA gives wide powers to the government to facilitate prolonged incarceration of human rights defenders, & gives the police a multi-purpose tool to target innocent minorities. 1/n As a 1st step, let's recap some of the wide discretionary powers that investigating agencies get, to decide who will be targeted by UAPA. It is totally at the whim of the government on which organization is banned & which is not. 2/n
Jun 18, 2020 24 tweets 5 min read
Hello, we are @GuneetKaurAhuja and @aimanjkhan, today we will look at the system of sanctions under UAPA. This discussion is curated based on notes and research done by Advocate Parijata. She is a Delhi based lawyer. 1/n Image To prevent UAPA from being applied indiscriminately & keep its use in check: there is a system of sanctions. This requires prosecution to get an authorisation from a designated authority, without which, court cannot legally take notice of the case and start the proceedings. 1/n
Jun 17, 2020 28 tweets 5 min read
Hello, we are @GuneetKaurAhuja and @aimanjkhan, today we will look at the arbitrariness of the process of banning organizations under UAPA. That discussion will be curated based on notes and research done by Advocate Sahana Manjesh. 1/n Image The UAPA allows for associations (defined to be any body or combination of persons) to be declared as “unlawful associations” 2/n Image
Jun 17, 2020 18 tweets 4 min read
Hello, we are @aimanjkhan & @GuneetKaurAhuja. In this thread of today’s conversation, we will continue our discussion about evolution of anti-terror laws. Yesterday, we looked at UAPA when it was first passed, TADA and POTA. Today, we will cover post-2004 amendments to UAPA.1/n 2004 UAPA amendment absorbed the POTA definition of "terrorist act" as a separate offense, however, it was restricted to violent physical acts.
Acts that intend to/ support/ incite "disaffection against India" were added to the ambiguous definition of "unlawful activity. 2/n
Jun 16, 2020 27 tweets 6 min read
Hello, we are @guneetkaurahuja and @aimanjkhan, yesterday we looked at the evolution of anti-dissent laws pre UAPA, and today we will focus on developments post the 16th Amendment to the Constitution. 1/n Wartime emergency provisions of Defence of India Act, 62' were made permanent through the enactment of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. It allowed central govt. to ban organisations. for 'unlawful activity', a power that was reserved with the state govts. till then.2/n
Jun 15, 2020 25 tweets 6 min read
Hello, we are @guneetkaurahuja and @aimanjkhan, and we, along with some other colleagues, will be taking over this handle for the next two weeks. Before we dive into discussing #UAPA, we will talk about the evolution of repressive anti-dissent/anti-terror laws in India to give some background & context to the conversation.
Jan 21, 2020 20 tweets 11 min read
Building a reading list (analytical news, academic perspectives and journal articles) to strengthen perspectives on the current #CAA_NRCProtests which discuss issues of citizenship, immigration, ethnonationalism, constitutional values.

Reply/DM us suggestions? 1/n Excellent resource by @kalramnath @ChawlaSwati @j_namakkal and @lydia_walker_ (some of the articles linked below are from here) 2/n radicalhistoryreview.org/abusablepast/m…