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Indian police rearrest hunger strike activist

GUWAHATI, Jan 24, 2015:

Indian police have rearrested a human rights campaigner staging a 14-year hunger strike just hours after she was released on court orders, drawing condemnation from fellow activists.

Irom Sharmila, known as the Iron Lady of Manipur for her unwavering and non-violent protest against human rights abuses in India’s northeast, has spent years in judicial custody over her fast.

The 42-year-old was released on Thursday after a court in Imphal, capital of Manipur state, struck down charges of attempted suicide by fasting.

But yesterday, authorities took her into custody again, using the same charge.

“Sharmila has been arrested (for) the same crime of attempted suicide. She has been put on a nasal drip at a hospital on medical grounds,” local police chief Jhaljit, who uses just one name, told AFP by telephone.

In the last five months, Sharmila has been released and re-arrested twice. Last August, another Manipur court ordered her release, stating that her hunger strike was a “political demand through lawful means”.

Rights group Amnesty said the fresh arrest was an “absurd ritual” that made “a mockery of the Indian criminal justice process”.

“A hunger strike is not attempted suicide, and it is baffling why authorities repeatedly bring the same charge against Sharmila that courts have thrown out,” said India programmes director Shemeer Babu in a statement today.

Sharmila began her hunger strike in Nov 2000 after allegedly witnessing the army kill 10 people at a bus stop near her home in Manipur, which is subjected to the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

The act, which covers large parts of the northeastern India and the restive region of Kashmir, gives Indian forces sweeping powers to search, enter property and shoot on sight, and is seen by critics as a cover for human rights abuses.

In December the Indian government said it would decriminalise attempted suicide, but the law is yet to be amended.

Gambia: Radio director rearrested, held incognito

Alagie Abdoulaye Ceesay (m), the managing director of the independent Gambian radio station Teranga FM, was rearrested on 17 July by members of the Gambian security forces after being abducted and released earlier on in the month. He has since been held incommunicado without access to his family or a lawyer.

After celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid ul Fitr that marks the end of Ramadhan on Friday 17 July, Alagie Abdoulaye Ceesay asked a friend to give him a lift to the town of Latrikunda German where he was to meet another friend. When they arrived at the town, Alagie Abdoulaye Ceesay asked his friend to wait for him in the car. 30 minutes later the friend decided to call him as he had not returned, but his phone was off. The friend left.

Alagie Abdoulaye Ceesay’s family visited several police stations close to his home on Monday 20 July after they did not hear from him the entire weekend. He was not at any of the stations. According to an eyewitness, Alagie Abdoulaye Ceesay was brought to his home in the Sinchu Alagie area in West Coast region on 20 July around 4:00pm. He was accompanied by two men from the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), the Gambian secret service. They searched the house and left a few minutes later in a car that was waiting for them outside.

Reliable information indicates that Alagie Abdoulaye Ceesay is being held at the NIA headquarters in Banjul without charge or access to his family or a lawyer. Further, the NIA may have opened an investigation into Alagie.  

Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of Alagie Abdoulaye Cessay taking into account that this is the second time in a very short period that he has been detained incommunicado by security forces and the poor health condition in which he was left after his first detention. Amnesty International considers Alagie Abdoulaye Ceesay a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression.

Please write immediately in English or your own language:

  • Calling on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Alagie Abdoulaye Ceesay as he is a prison of conscience, detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression;
  • Calling on the authorities to immediately provide him with access to his family and lawyers;
  • Urging authorities to ensure that he is not subjected to torture or ill-treatment while in detention.


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