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National Human Rights Commission
Sub: Violations of Human Rights in Jagatsinghpur, Odisha
Kindly refer to our letter dated 6 June 2011 (pasted below) bringing to the NHRC’s notice the gross violation of human rights at the hands of the Odisha state government in Jagatsinghpur district in a bid to forcibly acquire land for POSCO using brutal force. We would further like to bring to your notice – and urge for your immediate intervention – about the imminent attack today by more than 32 platoons of police force at Govindpur village on more than 2000 people, including women and children, who are peacefully protesting against the proposed steel project as their lives and livelihoods will be destroyed by it in violation of law.
Senior police officers are terrorizing the people through loud speaker announcements, by asking them to stop their protest, disperse and allow their cultivation to be destroyed. They are also threatening the use of lathi charges and brute force as well as demanding that the people should produce particular individuals. We apprehend imminent bloodshed and serious violation of the human rights of these people who are exercising their right to peacefully assemble and protest for their livelihood.
We, the undersigned, therefore, once again appeal to the NHRC to immediately intervene to address this gross violation of people’s constitutional rights and their right to express their voices of dissent.
Looking forward to your urgent action.
Pushkar Raj, Peoples' Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), New Delhi
D Manjit Peoples' Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), New Delhi
Shankar Gopalkrishnan, Campaign for Survival and Dignity (CSD), New Delhi
Madhumita Dutta, Corporate Accountability Desk, Chennai
Mamata Dash, National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers (NFFPFW), New Delhi
Subrat Kumar Sahu, Film Maker and Journalist, New Delhi
Madhu Sarin, Researcher and Activist, Chandigarh
Leo Saldana, Environmental Support Group, Bangalore
Asit Das, Researcher & Activist, New Delhi
Kanchi Kohli, Kalpavriksh, New Delhi
Vijayan MJ, Delhi Solidarity Group, New Delhi
Madhuresh Kumar, National Alliance of Peoples' Movements, New Delhi
Satya Sivaraman, Film Maker and Activist, New Delhi
Biju Mathew, Mining Zone Peoples' Solidarity Group, USA
C R Bijoy, Campaign for Survival and Dignity, Coimbatore
Partho Roy, Activist, Kolkata
[P.S: We would be happy to give you further information. We can be contacted at the following numbers:
Madhumita Dutta – 9444390240 / Mamata Dash – 9868259836 / Partho Roy – 9874703899]